Croatian Association of Teachers of English

The HUPE Branch Karlovac meeting

It was a great plasure for HUPE Branch Karlovac to host Mark Andrews for two days at the end of his tour in Slavonia. He stayed with us on 26 and 27 May 2017. First day, Mark did the sightseeings and saw three of four Karlovac rivers. In the evening, he joined the Prom night of students of Industry and Trade Vocational School in Karlovac, which came as a surprise for Mark. There was a lot of fun and dance...

The HUPE Branch Karlovac meeting was held on 27 May 2017 at 10 30 a.m. in Knjižnica za mlade, Banjavčićeva 2, Karlovac. The meeting was attended by eighteen teachers and students.

Mark Andrews, a training director at SOL-Services for Open Learning, North Devon, ran a workshop „Britain, Manchester, doing the here and now in the classroom".

As Mark Andrews said, most of his workshops on methodology are concerned with how can teachers present a certain topic in class and transfer knowledge to students teaching them at the same time very important values. The workshop dealt with various practical activities to help teachers in developing students' chritical thinking skills and discussion competences.

For this purpose, Mark started the workshop with a short presentation and the activities related to local history, merging the interesting details from the history of Karlovac with those of Great Britain.

Many of the activities were designed to reflect on past and present and to encourage students to participate activelly in creating better future by building a better regional cooperation, keeping and respecting at the same time local and national values. Students were itroduced to a few practical ways which can help resolve differences and misunderstandings and generate enthusiasm and seek cooperation.

The workshop also enabled teachers and students to have a deeper insight into the world of the media and its power to influence people and create opinions.

Both teachers and students enjoyed the workshop very much.

Dubravka Lapčić
HUPE Branch Karlovac President
Industry and Trade Vocational School
Domobranska 2
Karlovac

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