Croatian Association of Teachers of English

RIJEKA BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The second HUPE Rijeka Branch meeting was held at Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, ogranak Trsat – American Corner in Rijeka on January 26th, 2019. Twenty-four members attended the meeting.

The agenda included:

  1. Gracijela Orobabić: Learning English Through Video Picture Books
  2. Tamara Pleše: International English projects
  3. Deni Kirinčić: Using songs in the EFL clasroom

The first workshop was held by Gracijela Orobabić, the teacher in elementary school ‘Gornja Vežica’. She talked about video picture books as the additional teaching material. She finds them just the right kind of teaching tool that ticks all the boxes. You can use pre-existing tasks or create your own, especially digital ones, to keep young learners active, focused and eager to use and develop all their language skills. In addition, we should use real-life experience and work on developing their thinking and problem-solving skills. In her workshop Gracijela presented a two-week projects she did with her 6th graders.
Tamara Pleše, the teacher in elementary school ‘Delnice’, presented the project she did with her students in collaboration with the Polish students and their teacher from Gdansk in previous two school years. They were exploring English through different cultures, presenting their hometown and region they live in, and finally, some of them hosted Polish students in their homes and even visited Poland. Students showed enthusiasm and were very pleased to meet students from another country and collaborate with them.
Deni Kirinčić, the teacher and pedagogue in elementary school ‘Gornja Vežica’, talked about using songs in ELT. Music should be one of the most important tools an English teacher uses in their classroom. It offers a chance for students to get a glimpse of authentic language. Songs are easily obtained, and they can be selected according to students’ needs which makes them perfect for the introduction of new vocabulary, grammar and even various cultural aspects. In class, teachers can opt for different teaching strategies and exercises, some of which are gap-filling exercises, spotting mistakes, translation, correct verse order, making comics, debates, etc. The choice of songs should be based on students’ preferences, bearing in mind the appropriateness and suitability, as it will surely increase their motivation levels
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Nataša Žarkov
HUPE Rijeka

SPLIT BRANCH MEETING REPORT

HUPE Split ran its first meeting in the school year 2018/2019 on November 9th, 2018 at Osnovna škola don Lovre Katića, Solin. Fourteen members attended the meeting.

The agenda included:

Lana Kralj: Practical Use of NEW digital OUP Tool - Classroom Presentation Tool

Lana demonstrated the use of the interactive whiteboard showing us benefits of using IWBs in terms of engagement in the learning process on both sides: the teachers and the students. She showed how an effective use of the whiteboard can make it easier for the teacher to structure lessons, offering at the same time some creative approaches to using an interactive whiteboard as a helpful tool for capturing students’ attention.
It was a practical workshop with many ideas and ready- to- use resources and exercises.
At the end we used Kahoot to test our newly acquired knowledge. The three best placed players won prizes.

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Vanja Fazinić
HUPE Split

RIJEKA BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The first HUPE Rijeka Branch meeting was held at Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, ogranak Trsat – American Corner in Rijeka on October 27th, 2018. Thirty-three members attended the meeting.
The agenda included:

  1. Ana Galac: Something Old and Something New
  2. Sanja Rašković: The magic of storytelling
  3. AOB

The first workshop was held by Ana Galac, the teacher in Pučko otvoreno učilište Velika Gorica. The workshop gave some simple activities that keep students motivated to do boring everyday tasks by using balloons, toilet paper, photographs, and multi coulored hats. In the world of technology and QR codes, Youtube and other internet devices students sometimes prefer something old, which in their world becomes something new. Through these activities students feel more motivated to speak, revise vocabulary or grammar related topic, see things from different point of view and develop critical thinking.

Sanja Rašković, the teacher in Global Lingua School in Zaprešić, talked about storytelling as a method of EFL teaching. Stories create magic and boost imagination and therefore can be a very powerful and magical tool used in teaching! We tell stories every day. When we talk about our day, or tell a joke to somebody, or simply speak about something that happened to us. And we all like listening to the stories. Why not use them in the classroom then. Not just the readymade stories. Why not create stories with our students with the grammar and vocabulary they already know. It’s not difficult and it’s not time consuming but it can be really fun! In this workshop Sanja demonstrated some exercises and showed how easily you can create stories with your students. It was a practical workshop with many ideas that can be immediatelly taken and used in the classroom.
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Nataša Žarkov
HUPE Rijeka

ZAGORJE BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The fourth HUPE Zagorje meeting was held at Secondary school Bedekovčina on September 28th, 2018. 14 members attended the meeting

The agenda included two workshops. The first one was a workshop held by Lana Kralj from Oxford University Press entitled Teach and Learn Anywhere and Anytime: Do Better With e-Books. The workshop consisted of several activities with e-books and different applications used in the ESL classroom. The workshop was very interesting and interactive and the HUPE members had a lot of fun.

 The second workshop, held by Daniela Usmiani, a teacher and e-Twinning ambassador was entitled e-Twinning u nastavi engleskog jezika. The participants were given the chance to find out more about e-Twinning; the opportunities for teacher training and professional development, different projects and making contacts with teachers around Europe. Also, they created their own account and explored the platform possibilities. The participants have found the workshop both interesting and helpful.

HUPE Zagorje is thankful to the speakers for organising such great workshops and to all the participants for coming and creating a great atmosphere at the meeting!

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Petra Končić
HUPE Zagorje Branch President

SPLIT BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The fifth meeting of HUPE Split Branch was held at Osnovna škola don Lovre Katića in Solin on 8th June 2018.The first part of the meeting included dissemination of Erasmus + mobilities and project outcomes:

Miranda Barac (Obrtnička škola Split) gave a presentation of the Erasmus+ KA2 project “EUse your brain- challenge your talent for science”.
Five ambitious secondary schools from Recklinghausen (DE), Dordrecht (NL), Pamplona (ES), Copenhagen (DK) and Split (HR), which" have been involved in earlier European projects and exchanges, saw the need to challenge their pupils and took the opportunity to set up this project to address low achievement in basic skills, such as science and foreign languages through more effective teaching methods and promote entrepreneurship in education and entrepreneurship among young people at their schools and local community.
The most relevant topics were entrepreneurial learning, natural sciences and teaching and learning of foreign languages. The following five intellectual outputs were achieved: free online teaching and learning material (O1), a manual/inspirational book to promote entrepreneurship (O2), adaption of the individual school curricula (O3), a MINT/STEM exhibition (O4), a special collection of fun math exercises (O5). Other results included: several evaluation forms, certificates, improvement of MINT/STEM skills and foreign language skills of the participants, new partnership contracts, best practices of peer learning, outcomes of the foreign language / MINT-STEM tests, promotional material and increased awareness of E-safety.

Alenka Miljević (Osnovna škola braće Radića, Bračević) presented “COMMUNICATE-CONNECT-DEVELOP” Erasmus+ KA1 project. The project consisted of six activity mobilities including teacher trainings, job shadowing and teaching assignments. She shared her experience from Germany in Portugal where she attended teaching assignments in English lessons. She explained some of the methods and tools she learned from her colleagues in partner schools that she now applies in her teaching like Bus Stop method and Plickers.

Vanja Fazinić (Osnovna škola don Lovre Katića, Solin) presented the Erasmus + KA1 project titled “Innovative approaches to learning and teaching for the school of the future” aiming at creating an environment which stimulates creativity and independent learning, supporting at the same time student collaboration, effective access to the information through enhancement of digital literacy and expression through use of new technologies. She shared the knowledge she received in her training in Finland and Estonia, which included observation of teaching, studying and learning processes at some of the most successful primary and secondary schools in Helsinki and Tallinn.

Nina Dupor Marović (Osnovna škola don Lovre Katića, Solin) talked about her Erasmus+ training course “There’s an App for that! Exploring the best apps for teaching and student learning”. She presented some of the most practical educational apps for teaching. These apps are expanding the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom, making it more interactive, immersive, and engaging.
In the second part of the meeting Nina Dupor Marović ran a workshop “Create interactive lesson using EdPuzzle”. EdPuzzle is a free assessment-centred tool that allows teachers to create interactive online videos by embedding questions, audio notes, audio tracks or comments on a video. The participants learned how to select a video and customise it by editing, cropping or recording their own sound to fit a particular lesson.

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

If you are an English teacher and want to join HUPE Split, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vanja Fazinić
HUPE Split Branch President

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