Tuesday, January 24, 2012

One last thank you

With the addition of Zoli's presentation (see below) I think this blog is now complete.
Thanks one last time for all the fun we had in Belgrade I hope to be back again soon.
In the meantime don't forget my main blog oupcz.blogspot.com will be regularly updated with thoughts, ideas and handouts from sessions I do in the Czech Republic and beyond and of course there is the OUP Global blog which you can find here http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/oup_elt_global_blog or you can join the teacher's club with all the resources you need here http://elt.oup.com/teachersclub/?cc=gb&selLanguage=en&mode=hub


A message from Zoltan

Dear friends

Please follow this link to download the PDF handouts from my workshops in Belgrade last week - hope you will find them useful.

Hope I will see you again some time soon!

Best wishes,



By the way the page appears in Hungarian, click on 'Letöltés' and your browser should ask you if you want to download or open the documents.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Peter's Handouts

Hi all,
Please find handouts from Peter's plenary and notes on using dialogues here

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you who came to the Winter Seminar this week.
I don't think I have ever worked with such a motivated and enthusiastic group of teachers in my life. So thank you.
I hope you like the blog and you find everything you need.
Feel free to leave comments or ideas or feedback here in the comments sections.
I would like also to thank Vera Scekic the Oxford University Press Area Manager for Serbia and everyone at the English Book.
Thanks and enjoy the blog.

Homework - 21st Century William Tell

if you felt like doing the homework please leave your ideas here in the comments sections :-)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Serbian Reading and Listening Problems

I came up with my ten problems thanks to the help of my twitter and facebook friends. And these are the ones that you came up with that were not part of my ten.

Confidence using the latin script when reading
Listening is underdeveloped - students don't know how to listen in their own language.
Tiredness can affect concentration.
Fear of getting things wrong can put students off. Comprehension type tasks can make this worse as they feel like 'tests'.
The level is sometimes too difficult for the students.
lack of self confidence.

Thank you all for your input. This will help me in Romania at the end of the month.

Top Down and Bottom Up Processing

I know a few of you were unsure about these terms but I am sure you are already encouraging this in your classrooms.
This article is an interesting read about the two processes

To read it you might want to take a top-down approach, reflect on the definition I gave and some of the ideas we discussed to activate your background knowledge.
Also you will need to piece the words together to get the meaning so you will need bottom up processing. :-)