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Supporting Serbian teachers with the help of YALS

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Following accreditation from the Serbian Ministry of Education, Cambridge English and YALS were able to organise a series of 5 teacher events (better known as “teacher gatherings” to our colleagues in Serbia) for the academic year 2013-2014, themed “Cambridge English exams aimed at monitoring your students’ achievement in accordance with the CEFR”. The events were also supported by ELTA and were targeted both at state school and private language school teachers.

The sessions were held between April and May in Leskovac, Sombor, Uzice and Valjevo. More than 130 teachers who attended these events received a certificate of attendance, offering points towards their professional development. Aleksandra Sekulic, EL teacher and Cambridge English Consultant for Serbia, and Jelka Bogic, a CUP representative delivered the presentations. Teachers from private language schools, who have taught towards Cambridge English exams, were also invited to share their experiences and opinions regarding the exams.

Participants had the opportunity to learn everything they needed to know about most Cambridge English exams – YLE, Key (KET), Preliminary (PET), First (FCE) and First for Schools (FCE for Schools), and Advanced (CAE) – their formats, level, task types, how they test language skills and knowledge, their validity and recognition around the world as well as what they can do for Serbian students. Moreover, the participants were given ideas on how to incorporate these exams into their curriculum – both in state schools and private language schools. They were shown where to find useful materials and support (both online and printed) for exam preparation and received handbooks of the exams suitable for the age group they work with.

Cambridge English and YALS will seek ministerial accreditation once more this year, hoping to set up even more such gatherings as teachers from various locations across the country have expressed interest in them. Stay tuned to our channels so as to receive information as it becomes available.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

November 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

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