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Cambridge Day 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria on Saturday 5th April

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We  are delighted to welcome you once more to the Cambridge Day Bulgaria 2014, focusing again this year on numerous issues that affect your teaching reality on a day-to-day basis.

This free event will take place at the  Prinzess Hotel in Sofia on Saturday 5th April 2014 and will feature speakers from Cambridge English Language Assessment, Cambridge University Press and Klett Bulgaria.

Conference Programme

8.30 – 9.00

9.00 – 9.20
Opening Address
Vladimir Kolev, KLETT Bulgaria, Managing Director
Paul Zbihlyj, Regional Manager, Central & Eastern Europe, Greece, Central Asia, Cambridge University Press
Sarah Ellis, Head of Assessment Services, Cambridge English Southern Europe

9.20 – 10.20
Livening Up Listening!

According to the Greek philosopher, Epictetus (55-135 AD) ‘We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak’. As far as second language development is concerned, the importance of listening, particularly at lower levels, cannot be overestimated. Regular opportunities to listen to English being used enables learners to notice how language works in context, increases vocabulary range and grammatical knowledge, and raises awareness about features of pronunciation in natural, connected speech. The more learners listen in class, the better they become at it, allowing them to make better use of the English they may hear outside of class. Traditionally, listening skills in the classroom means the use of pre-recorded material. This may involve some potentially dull and inauthentic moments. In this interactive talk, I’ll challenge the superiority of this approach, and explore a range of motivating activities which use live listening material as the source of input instead.
Nick Bilbrough, Cambridge University Press

10.20 – 10.25

10.25 – 11.25
How to develop digital skills through the use of online resources in the classroom
In an increasingly digitalized age, teachers often find themselves dealing with an enormous online range of resources for teaching, learning and teacher development. However, how does one know where to start from and what to use? This session looks at some ideas for exploiting online resources and social media for the classroom, particularly for developing reading and writing skills. It also looks at some new opportunities for teachers wanting to get new ideas for lessons, develop their confidence using technology and find new resources for both the classroom as well as their own training.
Sarah Ellis, Head of Assessment Services, Cambridge English Southern Europe

11.25 – 11.30

11.30 – 12.30
Teaching Exam Classes
Exam classes carry a double burden of learning – not only do learners need to continue developing their language skills, they also need to learn specific examination skills without which sitting exams will be unnecessarily difficult and confusing. This workshop looks at how teachers can support of the development of language skills hand in hand with exam skills. Whatever the exam students are preparing for there are lots of generic skills and approaches which students need to learn. We’ll be exploring these in detail. There will also be a focus on how to maintain motivation, communication and dynamics in classes that can become stressful and boring. Examples from the course books Complete and Compact will be used to exemplify these approaches.
Olha Madylus, Teacher trainer, Author, Cambridge University Press

12.30 – 13.00
Аnnual English Language Contest Awards ceremony and Performance by the Winners of the Creative Works Competition

13.00 – 14.00
Coffee Break

14.00 – 15.00
In our own write
In the same way that speech may be enhanced by the participation of a more capable peer, so too may written work. In this interactive talk we’ll explore some learner and learning- centered ways of organizing writing in the classroom, where short texts, that are co-constructed between learners and teacher, serve as memorable records for reinforcing and reviewing emergent language.
Nick Bilbrough, Cambridge University Press

15.00 – 15.05

15.05 – 16.05
Face to face with the five language skills
There are five skills which need to be developed in any language classroom – reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking, for without thinking none of the others will ever truly be developed. With particular focus on the Face2Face series of course books, this presentation explores why and how to effectively integrate all the skills to ensure effective, memorable learning through engagement with tasks and topics. It will also address the importance of incorporating critical thinking within language learning.
Olha Madylus, Teacher trainer, Author, Cambridge University Press

16.05 – 16.10

16.10 – 17.10
Teaching Towards the Revised FCE and CAE exams
This talk will give a brief overview of the changes to the FCE and CAE examinations to be introduced in January 2015. It will highlight that the new task types relate principally to the Writing and Speaking papers and explore the principle teaching implications in preparing candidates effectively for these changes. The different roles an exam-focused teacher might be seen to have in working to improve student performance in relation to such task types will also be touched on.
Olga Leondaris, Business Development Support Manager, Cambridge English Southern Europe

Raffle and Farewell


Nick Bilbrough has been involved in language teaching for over twenty years, and has taught in three continents in a wide range of interesting and challenging contexts. He has worked on training courses for language teachers in many parts of the world, and is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide. He is the author of two resource books in the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series: Dialogue Activities (2007) and Memory Activities for Language Learning (2011). He now runs Horizon Language Training in Totnes, Devon, UK specializing in short courses for language teachers under the new Erasmus + programme.

Sarah Ellis is now Head of Assessment Services, Southern Europe for Cambridge English Language Assessment. She has an extensive background in teaching and teacher training in both Italy and the UK and has taught English to students of all ages and levels. She has trained teachers on CELTA and DELTA courses and has also worked with teachers in the Italian State School system. Sarah has been involved with Cambridge English examinations for over 15 years as oral examiner, presenter and as Centre Examinations Manager. She is responsible for the Cambridge English Language Assessment teacher support programme for Italy for which provides information, materials and support for teachers at seminars, conferences and events throughout Italy.

Olha Madylus has taught in the Uk, Greece, Hong Kong and Venezuela. For the past fourteen years she has been a freelance YL consultant and teacher trainer and trains state and private language school teachers (and trainers) worldwide. She is based in London and does consultation, teacher training and teacher trainer training for organisations such as the British Council, Ministries of Education in Taiwan, Cyprus, South Africa and Tunisia as well as being a CambridgeESOL CELTA and CELTYL trainer, in addition she is a materials’ designer and author. Her main focus is on children aged 5 to 18 and she is particularly interested in understanding and motivating learners. She is the author of Film, TV and Music, a photocopiable activities book for teenagers, CUP.

Olga Leondaris first joined Cambridge English Language Assessment as a Speaking Examiner in the late 1990s. Prior to this, she spent a number of years teaching both at the British Council (Athens and Dubai) and at various public and private schools (South Africa, Brussels and Athens). She has published a junior course book with Macmillan, the Elementary level course materials for a British Council C.D Rom project as well as various components for other publishers.

Please, confirm your participation before March 24th 2014 via phone at (02) 843 20 70, fax (02) 943 15 65,
email: or register directly at

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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