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Invitation to the Cambridge Day Serbia 2014 in Belgrade, Saturday 12th April

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We are delighted to welcome you to the Cambridge Day Serbia 2014, this year scheduled to take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belgrade on Saturday 12th April 2014.

Once more featuring presentations by authors and experts in English language teaching and assessment, this year’s talks will focus on spelling and pronunciation based on the phonics method, communicative approach in language teaching for teenagers and preparation for Cambridge English exams. During the conference you will have the pleasure to hear Karen Elliott, Nick Bilbrough and Bob Obee. You can click here to find out more information about our presenters.

Conference Programme

09.00 – 10.00



10.00 – 10.15

Welcome speeches


10.15 – 11.15

Phonics in the world of EFL

The alphabetic code gives us a great deal of information about English sound-spelling relationships and is an excellent tool for teaching pronunciation and literacy skills in EFL. Karen explains the code and other key aspects of synthetic phonics. Activities and ideas for using the method with different age groups are provided.

Karen Elliott


11.15 – 11.45

Coffee break


11.45 – 12.45

Stop to be silly

The Communicative Approach has emphasised the need for realistic and authentic models of language, and for meaningful language use. But is this always the best way of making language accessible, interesting and memorable? Come along if you’d like to experience a range of activities which focus on the meaningless, the absurd, and the downright silly. This workshop may contain nuts.

Nick Bilbrough


12.45 – 13.45

Lunch Break


13.45 – 14.45

Revised FCE and CAE exams 2015 … and above all, I shall do no harm.

Were an ELT exam teacher to take an oath committing themselves to the highest standards professional endeavour it would probably look something like this: ‘I, the exam teacher, shall do my utmost to engage you with language through and around the exam and to train you in all its aspects, shedding light into its darker corners … and thereby enhancing your accuracy, dexterity and fluency in English …and above all I shall do no harm’ This talk will focus on the different dimensions of this laudable goal for practising exam teachers with reference to the 2015 revised FCE and CAE – and more specifically to the new task types to be introduced into the Speaking and Writing papers. We will highlight that to be true to this commitment we as teachers need to harness the instrumental motivation our exam focused students bring to lessons by using exam tasks as a platform for working on skills and language development in a host of creative and engaging ways : integrating meaningful language work with a balanced diet of exam practice, exam task training and exam awareness-raising to keep our learners in tip-top language health as they work towards the most widely recognised language qualifications in the world.

Bob Obee


14.45 – 15.45

Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching and mapping lexis to CEFR levels.

This presentation will highlight some of the key issues identified in recent research and projects such

as Cambridge English Profile relating to best practice in vocabulary teaching learning and testing. It will explore the notion of what it means to ‘know a word’ and consider practical implications of this notion for teachers in preparing a wholesome and balanced lexical diet for their charges and for learners in developing well-grounded lexical manners and a keen sense of lexical repartee to bring to table.

Bob Obee


15.45 – 16.15

Certificate Ceremony  

How to register


Attendance is free of charge to all participants. However, due to the limited number of available seats please note that applications will be accepted on the first-come first-served basis.

To register for the Cambridge Day, please fill in the following form by no later than Wednesday 9th April 2014.


The conference is accredited with ZUOV (Institute for Professional Development of Teachers), offering you one point of professional development.


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