Croatian Association of Teachers of English

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Davor Černi: Creating an environment appropriate for efficient and undisturbed development of EFL teachers

31st Annual International HUPE Conference
20 – 22 October 2023
Valamar, Poreč

Davor Černi: Creating an environment appropriate for efficient and undisturbed development of EFL teachers


Davor Černi is an accomplished English language teacher and an ethnologist with a passion for education and professional development. Currently serving as a Senior Advisor for English language in secondary schools at the Education and Teacher Training Agency, Davor has an extensive background in fostering effective teaching practices and promoting educational excellence.

Throughout his career, Davor has been actively involved in various projects, including the coordination of the e-schools project as a partner to CARNET, the preparation of Erasmus accreditation applications, and contributing to the curricular reform in English language education. His dedication to improving language teaching and learning extends beyond the classroom, as he has also been a member of the committee at the Ministry of Science and Education, approving new school books for English language.

Davor's commitment to education and fostering a supportive environment for EFL teachers has made him a valuable resource in the field. Beyond his professional endeavors, he is an avid traveler, a dedicated family man, and a passionate advocate for outdoor activities. As a registered FIS Masters competitor and a member of Ski klub Zagreb, Davor believes in the power of perseverance and self-discovery. Additionally, his love for cooking and music serves as outlets for creativity and relaxation.


As EFL teachers, our commitment to providing quality language education goes hand in hand with our own professional growth. Building on the success of previous state-level conferences, where we explored creating conducive learning environments for students, this plenary at the 31st HUPE conference will shift the focus to the teachers themselves.

In this talk, we will delve into the fundamental elements that contribute to the efficient and undisturbed development of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers. Our main objective is to establish an environment that nurtures continuous professional growth and enhances the overall quality of language education.

Throughout the session, we will explore key aspects such as self-reflection, collegial observation, establishing a strong support network, fostering teacher autonomy, the importance of instructional coaching, and effective planning and programming. These elements will form the foundation of a supportive community that fosters ongoing teacher development.

By offering practical insights and real-world examples, this presentation aims to equip educators with actionable strategies to optimize their teaching practices. Let us come together as a community of dedicated EFL teachers and empower each other on this journey of professional excellence. Together, we can create an environment that nurtures our growth, leading to enriched language learning experiences for our students and ourselves.

Davor Cerin



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