Croatian Association of Teachers of English

RIJEKA BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The fourth HUPE Rijeka Branch meeting was held at Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, ogranak Trsat – American Corner in Rijeka on May 26th, 2018. Fourteen members attended the meeting. 

The agenda included:

  1. Ana Inić: Translation in teaching
  2. Vedrana Frlan: Writing tasks? Yes, please!
  3. Nataša Žarkov: HUPE conference – news and update

The first workshop was held by Ana Inić, the teacher in Natural Sciences and Graphic Arts Secondary School. She talked about translation in teaching. The use of mother tongue in FL classroom was not welcome for years. However, in the past decade or two within the post communicative paradigm much attention has been given to translation. There are numerous studies which show that translation in language teaching can serve as a catalyst to language learning and students can benefit from it on a cognitive, pedagogical and functional level. The aim of this workshop was to present some key notions related to translation in language teaching and show practical examples which can be used in the classroom.

Vedrana Frlan, the teacher in Primary School Lokve, talked about writing tasks which can be a source of enjoyment, creativity and fun to students of all ages. This presentation examined some ways in which primary school students can derive more pleasure from their writing tasks. It offered many examples of successful and motivating classroom practice. It also encouraged the teachers at the meeting to have a go at a writing task of their choice and share their own most interesting ideas and tips regarding the topic.

Nataša Žarkov, HUPE Branch President, talked about 26th HUPE Conference held in April in Poreč.

Thank you all for coming and hope to see you at our next meeting in September!

If you wish to join HUPE Rijeka, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nataša Žarkov
HUPE Rijeka

HUPE - Karlovac Branch fourth meeting

HUPE – Branch Karlovac ran its fourth meeting in the school year 2017/2018 on Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 12 00 a.m. in Industry and Trade Vocational School, Domobranska 2, Karlovac

The workshop was organised in cooperation with the British Council and HUPE and run by Stephen Hindlaugh, a teacher with more then thirty years of experience. His experience includes working in the learning support department of a secondary school in the UK as well as being a tutor for the British Council’s online Special Educational Needs course and delivering face-to-face SEN workshops in Croatia.

A part of such rich experience was shared with teachers of English last Thursday through the workshop Gifted ans Talented Learners. Although the workshop lasted for 4 school periods, it was very interesting and insightful. It helped teachers make their teaching more inclusive and more effective with students with special needs

Teachers first investigated the different types of gifted and talented learners and considered the issues these learners face in class. Then we considered a range of effective strategies for helping gifted and talented learners to reach their full potential, making all parties in the learning process more satisfied /gifted and talented learners, a teacher and the rest of the class/.

In the end of the meeting all participants entered a prize draw to win an additional  SEN online module of their choice. The prize was won by a new HUPE member

According to the feedback, all participants were more then happy with this workshop and hope to see more such welldone workshops in cooperation with British Council.

The meeting was attended by eleven teachers and two students.

Dubravka Lapčić,
HUPE-Branch Karlovac President

ZAGORJE BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The third HUPE Zagorje meeting was held at Secondary school Bedekovčina on March 12th, 2018. 11 members attended the meeting.

The agenda included a SEN workshop entitled: Engaging with special educational needs: Gifted and talented. The workshop was organised in cooperation with British Council. Stephen Hindlaugh, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, introduced different strategies and classroom activities which can help us recognise, engage and appropriately evaluate gifted and talented children both in primary and secondary schools. The participants explored their own attitudes towards gifted and talented children and exchanged opinions and teaching methods, which will surely give support to their future work.

After the workshop, there was a prize draw, so one of the members won a British Council’s SEN online module. The participants have found the workshop both interesting and helpful.

We are thankful to British Council and the speaker Stephen Hindlaugh for organising such a great workshop!

If you wish to join HUPE Zagorje, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Petra Končić
HUPE Zagorje Branch President

SPLIT BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The fourth HUPE Split Branch meeting was held at Osnovna škola don Lovre Katića in Solin on March 16th, 2018.

The agenda included a 3-hour workshop titled Understanding approaches to inclusive learning.

The workshop was organised in cooperation with the British Council and run by Stephen Hindlaugh. Mr. Hindlaugh has been teaching for almost 30 years. His experience includes working in the learning support department of a secondary school in the UK. He has also been a tutor for the British Council’s online Special Educational Needs course and has been delivering face-to-face SEN workshops in Croatia.

SEN –related and cognitive learning needs were the focus of the workshop. The teachers explored their own attitudes to inclusion and how to find out more about their learners so that they can decide how to help them in the classroom. They were introduced to ten approaches to inclusion which represent a framework for good practice in teaching and learning. 

This was an active and interactive workshop in which the participants got a chance to reflect on their own teaching and how to move towards a learning –centred classroom.

After the workshop all participants entered a prize draw to win an additional SEN online module.

Thank you all for coming and hope to see you at our next meeting in May!

If you wish to join HUPE Split, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vanja Fazinić
HUPE Split

RIJEKA BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The third HUPE Rijeka Branch meeting was held at Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, ogranak Trsat – American Corner in Rijeka on March 15th, 2018. Seventeen members attended the meeting.

The agenda:

1 Stephen Hindlaugh (British Council): Engaging with special educational needs: Gifted and talented

We talked about the different ways we think that children are gifted and talented. The participants were introduced to some classroom activities and strategies, which help to engage gifted and talented children, make them feel valued and give them the appropriate academic challenge.

Thank you all for coming and hope to see you at our next meeting in May!

If you wish to join HUPE Rijeka, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nataša Žarkov
HUPE Rijeka

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