When a Spark Becomes an Enlightening Flame

Aimages few months ago I promised my pupils I would organize a poetry lesson. Time has passed, I was following the curriculum, getting tired of it, and during one of the moments of solitude and reflection a flash ran through my mind: Lord Byron – “When We Two Parted”. There is something powerful in those flashes of inspiration you can create something different, something that will make an impact greater than a regular lesson plan. During this flash, it took me only  a few seconds to plan my next lesson. I didn’t even need to right it down. Every detail was firmly rooted  in my head. From the beginning till the end. So, instead of writing those structured lesson plan forms, I will tell you a story of the class flow. I strongly believe that the best method to be used when teaching poetry, especially romantic one is Suggestopedia. Not only does it allow practising all the language skill but it also affects the students’ emotions, subconscious and unconscious, which is the primary goal of the method, to cut the whole story short.

Now, let me get back to the story. I was aware of the fact that I needed to presume a role of a unnoticable actor, which means I needed to tune myself to a totally different role. I entered the classroom slowly, not saying a word, asked the students to put the curtains on, turn on some light, relaxing music, sat on the desk and using a mild voice told my students that we would be doing poetry. I started by introducing Lord Byron as a poet, a controversial person, his family background and some aspects of his life. The class was silent and relaxed, looking at me straight in the eyes as the story was flowing. I had their full attention. Than I asked them to close their eyes, sit back and relax and focus on my voice. I started reading the poem the way I felt it, with empathy and sadness, stressing out some important lines and words just to inspire the variety of emotions that the poem carries within itself.Upon finishing the reading, I asked the students to tell me what feelings and emotions they recognized in the poem. On the whiteboard I wrote down a long list: sadness, grief, loneliness, anger, despair, depression, disappointment,shame, shyness. I can’t even remember them all right now. Yet, after only one reading, they made an impressive list, I decided to read the Serbian translation of the same poem. My students listened carefully and attentively. I must admit, the translation was not that good. By the way, I don’t believe that some poems cannot be translated in such a way to pass onto the reader the same kind of tone and intonation, music as the original poem can. So, after I had read the translation I asked the students what they thought. Quote: “The original version is better”. Later, when I reflected on the class I thought that maybe I should have read the translation first and than the original. Nevertheless, I still believe that the answer would be the same.

When the reading session was over, I had just explained to my students the rhyming pattern ABABCDCD. I handed out the copies of the poem printed as one stanza and asked them to recognize the patterns and rearrange the poem into 4 or 8 stanzas. Of course, there was no problem there. To finish the class, I invited 4 students to read the poem the way they felt it. And guess what, they all read it differently. One was angry, the other empathic, the third sad, the fourth rebellious. My mission was completed. I managed to have my students identify with the writer and the poem itself, to feel it in their own way and pass the feeling over to the rest of the class.

Of course,  the homework followed. They were supposed to write to ABABCDCD stanzas on whatever topic they choose. When I assigned the homework I knew that they are still young, 16 years of age, and that I should not expect much. How wrong I was. Instead, they were writing in their poems, the problems, the troubles that troubled them, in full depth. I was surprised yet proud. Therefore:

I am posting: A tiny collection of poems “What Will Thy Verse Be”, designed, waiting to be published.

WHAT WILL THY VERSE BE

When you are confronted with such creative potential, something pushes you to go further. So, we decided to make a short movie, in which the authors recite their own poems. The technical quality of the film itself is superb, yet due to the lack of finances on the part of the school, the scenery, the improvisations and the environment is not the best choice. Yet, I will kindly ask you to disregard those imperfection and focus on the students themselves.

To encourage the students/authors, I am kindly inviting you to view, post a comment and like their own work. Thank you!

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A LETTER OF INVITATION FROM THE “WORLD JOURNAL OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE”

11062097_10206336070060962_5468189836415076036_nDear Dr. Nada Radenković,

We are reaching you because of your article entitled, ‘A PRESENTATION OF THE WEBSITES ‘LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN’’, which was published in Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, Vol. 3, No 1, 2015, and was very impressed at its scope and contents. I know you are an expert in your research area.

I am the Editorial Assistant of ‘World Journal of English Language’, a peer-review journal, published by Sciedu Press. It is devoted to publishing original articles in various aspects, fields and scope of the English Language, such as but not limited to English literature, linguistics, teaching and learning English as a Second Language (ESL), as an Additional Language (EAL) or as a Foreign Language(TEFL).

It is my honor to invite you to submit your new manuscripts to us as one of the ‘Authors’ in our next publication.

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We would appreciate if you could share this information with your colleagues and associates who might be interested in joining us as a ‘Reviewer’ or submit their manuscripts to us as ‘Authors’.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you and/or your colleagues and associates soon.

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Romanticism and Rock

Love this guy! Good luck Jason. My favourite period.

James Rovira

I’m thinking about developing a course about Rock and Roll and Romanticism for the Spring 2016 semester, so I asked my colleagues on the NASSR list for music recommendations that pair well with Romantic-era poetry and prose. They responded generously with numerous suggestions both for pairings between rock and roll and Romantic texts and for the course in general. I’ve posted a list below.

Why rock and roll and Romanticism? “Romanticism” as a literary movement has traditionally been defined both thematically and as a period, with periodization usually taking priority. As a periodized trans-European phenomenon, Romanticism starts with either Rousseau’s writings of the 1760s-1780s, Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther in 1774, or the fall of the Bastille in 1789, and it lasts until about 1850, at least in England. By this date Wordsworth, Mary Shelly, and most other first and second-generation Romantic poets had died.

Thematically, Romantic literature tends…

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To my knowledge the market is not really packed with proofreaders. And, yet, it is craving for ones. Recently I have had the opportunity to proofread some conference papers. It was a demanding work, for sure, as you need to be focused on both the content and the language if you wish to be professional. I can only imagine how demanding it might be for those of you who are struggling with the English, whatever the occasion you are writing for may be., Not only do you have to be content itself. There is the language: the grammar, the spelling, let alone the reading or speaking about the paper. Especially when the conferences,meetings, seminars are in question.Should I mention the presentations? Better not. I am sure how burdening it can be, especially if you are burdened by other duties and commitments.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR BOTH A CLIENT AND A PROOFREADER!

This revelation helped me to come up with an idea to create an “Online Editing and Proofreading Agency”, hoping that the clients who need to have their papers proofread and are pressed with time, can hire a professional proofreader to do the job for them. On the other hand the proofreader benefits not just financially but professionally as well, by getting a chance to expand on the ESP vocabulary, improving and keep developing their language skills, as well.What  is more, learn the skill of proofreading. I will not take up this opportunity to write about this professional aspect. I am just inviting to visit out site and get to know us.

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CONFERENCES OR MARATHONS? THAT IS THE QUESTION!

images (3)You may be surprised by the title and ask yourselves what the conferences have to do with marathons. Well, they have so much in common.

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to attend  various teachers’ professionals gatherings: trainings, panels, courses, conferences and seminars. And regardless of the content, which inevitably varies and is more or less interesting (it depends on personal preferences and inclinations in my opinion), they function on the same principal. Running from one presentation to another,spending hours in the morning and afternoons, listening to numerous speeches, watching presentations, listening to discussions, asking and answering questions. Ok. don’t let me be unfair, there are a few breaks in between the sessions and even a lunch break. Yet, when you come to think about it, the breaks are 4 or 5 time shorter than the rest of the programme.

I know, the teams that organise professional events of this sort would say: “It’s the budget”. and they are probably right.Without any doubt I am sure that they are trying to squeeze everything in within the budget they have at disposal.Yet, I am convinced that those professional events need re-organizing so that the visitors, presenters and guests could have some more free time to put themselves together .and be fresh for each session, workshop, roundtable or panel discussion. After all,the quantity does not ensure the quality. The number of participants from worldwide, the number of presentation does not ensure the success of any professional event. Less is more, as the saying goes. On the other hand, most of the people are eager to meet their colleagues. With large number of people who meet once or even never again, the connections and networks between colleagues can hardly be established. You can get connected with a few of them but not all of them. So, what is the point of organizing megalomania and omnipotent events? None.

Why?

Is it really necessary to answer this question? Ok, let me put it this way. Imagine how would you feel if you were running a marathon. If you were well trained and a pro, you will reach the finish. Still, the question remains: How would you feel? Dead tired, I am positive. Now, imagine those who are not professionals and still want to participate in the marathon. They will finish it after, more or less, 500m, I am sure.

The same goes with the conferences. Therefore, no wonder that some of the sessions, workshops or panel discussions are not attended in large number of participants, missing this way some, maybe, great presentations or speakers. Not to mention meeting them in person for informal chit-chat. People just need some rest from an enormous amount of information they receive (in case they are listening 😀 ) Isn’t that a pitty, putting it all together? And as for the rules of presenting and the presentation timing or contents of the presentation. Well, that is currently a different issue that I might right about some other time.

Besides those, imagine all the participants who need travel to other countries even continents, change flights, try to find their own feet in a totally new country where they need to look constantly into the map to find their hotel that they had to book in advance and pay for it. It means, dear participants, arrive on the scene two days ahead.in order to get used to the new environment, get to know the surrounding and the city, ask the passers-by for the directions ( if you are lucky enough to come across the locals who speak English decently well, with all due respect) so that you could get to the conference on time. Did I leave something out? If I did, do add. Oh, yes, all those costs are on you, unless you have a sponsor.

What can be done?

Dear hard-working teams, I know that you are doing your best to make everything function perfectly, professionally and worldly, yet consider these suggestions as well.

Cut down on the number of presentations that run around the same topic. Choose the most interesting ones and the one that focus more on practice than theory. We can all read the theory,that’s what the papers are for.

Instead of working on increasing the number of participants, that will, more or less talk about and run around the same issues, give the participants more free time to socialize and get to know each other better and in person. That is the best way to get to know somebody better, not only professionally but personally as well. Thus the firmer connections will be established. That seems to be a forgotten rule. It is a common knowledge that we are living in the age of technology and that most of the communication is run via different social network, yet I am a firm believer that personal contact is more effective. You can look people in the eyes, watch their body language, be more relaxed in communications, get even better feedback without saying a word. We already are professionals yet we are humans as well, who need to wind down, be ourselves and present as such.

Also,instead of giving people instructions how to reach to your town, organise a team that  will meet the participants at the bus stations or airports, so that they can truly feel welcomed into your images (4)country. Let them feel at home from the moment they step onto your country’s ground, After all, empathy is half the success if not more.

To finish off, these are the ideas that I have come up with upon reflecting on the numerous events I have attended, as I have already mentioned earlier.In case you have any additional suggestions considering conference marathons, feel free to add.

ESP CONFERENCE

PPT CONFERENCE PRESENTATION NADA RADENKOVIC The conference being over just yesterday, it’s time to reflect upon the last three days of intensive events and presentations.Lots of thing were going on, lots of people, lots of topics, lots of information, lots of food and fun lots of lots……….Time to take time for myself. Write soon! Cheeeeerrss!

Teachers CAN and DO Write International Conference Papers! Just Give Them a Chance!

'Bora Stankovic

‘Bora Stankovic” – Grammar School, Niš, Serbia

In the spirit of excitement and exhilaration of the latest event that has contributed to my career development, I simply feel the need to share a few thoughts with you. None of the thoughts shared are to be taken personally. They are only a result of my personal observation while networking. The event being the paper that has been published in an ESP journal. And the paper is a sort of unintended response, though it was written 2 months ago, yet, in a way fits perfectly into the overall position of the teachers worldwide.

Although some may find the paper ordinary and not up to the academic standards. or the title/ the content even style do not suit someone’s  taste, teachers DO  write for all kinds of purposes regardless of the opinions of others. Their primary concern is to pass  the right messages right, onto the younger generations in order to improve or change what the elders have messed up. The message is their mission.

In this respect,I am proud to announce that my paper ‘THE PRESENTATION OF TWO WEBSITES’, subtitled ” LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN” has been published by “The Journal of Teaching for the Academic and Specific Purposes”, Faculty of Electronics, Niš, Serbia, just a few hours ago.. Unlike some papers that are a pure  result of theoretical study, this paper combines both theoretical and empirical study and applied knowledge. And that is exactly what makes the teachers and their papers unique and original.

Therefore, I believe, that in the times to come the doors for EFL/ESL teachers will be open not only for specific purposes conferences but for all kinds of conferences, offering a holistic approach to language study, as the majority of the teachers do not specialize in only one area of expertise but are obliged to be open-minded to all kinds of study and all-life learning in order to be in touch with the latest trends with the aim to help students become informed, up-to- date with the English study concepts. What is more important, to help them grow into complete human beings. To quote Sir Ken Robinson: “Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself.”  With this message in mind, I feel free to invite, on behalf of the ESP team, teachers worldwide to take part in the up-coming events. To keep updated of the next conference events and agendas, please, visit the following link:

www.esp@elfak.rs

Dear colleagues, write, keep up with the latest reasonable trending, start networking, get informed, publish and share your thoughts and ideas through theory and practice in order to spread the word of equity in every field of human interest.

In the end,I wish to express my gratitude to Prof. Ass. Nadežda Stojković and her assistant Jelena Cvetkovic for putting up with all mu questions considering the paper writing, conference participation, and letting me be a part of the ESP team.

Thank you! Cheers!

The Conference Paper

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