Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 00:00
'Laza Kostić' high school in Novi Sad

Together with the Provincial Secretariat of Education, Government and National Communities we are organising a Professional Development Conference on Bilingual Education in Novi Sad.

The Conference, which is divided into four thematic parts, will be lead by professor Stephen Bax, distingushed professor of applied linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.

Stephen Bax is Professor of Applied Linguistics at CRELLA (Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment), the University of Bedfordshire, in the UK. He is an author of a major research report for the British Council, “Researching English Bilingual Education”, and he has extensive international experience of  English Medium teaching, learning and management. His research includes work on reading, discourse, eye tracking and computers in education, as well as bilingual education. He was the 2014 winner of the TESOL Distinguished Research Award, and is adviser to the leading text analysis website:

If you would like to participate, please e-mail your name, the name of your school/institution, your city and e-mail address to our colleague Tatjana Stojaković no later than 7 May 2015. We will confirm your participation on 8 May 2015. Please note that the conference working language is English.

Conference agenda

09:45 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 11.00 Opening

Representative of Autonumous Province of Vojvodina

HE Denis Keefe, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

11:00 – 12:00 Effective Bilingual / English Medium Education – policy and practice

Several countries around the world have demonstrated that Bilingual / English Medium Education can be highly effective, whereas others have shown that it can be a costly failure. This talk looks at some of the lessons we can draw from positive and less positive examples around the world, in terms of educational policy, strategies, resourcing, and school and classroom practice, which could help to direct our planning for more effective initiatives so as to build better capacity in this area in future.

12:15 – 13:15 Planning for good teaching and learning in Bilingual / English Medium Education

In the area of Bilingual / English Medium Education, the role of the classroom teacher can make or break the whole operation. This talk examines some key elements in good teacher practice in this type of education, including lesson planning, classroom interaction patterns, and other crucial areas. The workshop will draw on real examples from Bilingual / English Medium classrooms in different parts of the world.
13:15 – 14:00 | Lunch Break 
14:00 – 14:45 Monitoring and assessing Bilingual / English Medium Education
This talk will address ways in which policy makers, managers and teachers themselves can monitor and ensure effective practice and rigorous standards in Bilingual / English Medium Education. It describes the importance of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) when checking language levels, and demonstrates some web tools for ensuring the right language level. It then described the VOICES model for ensuring effective assessment and evaluation for policy makers and teachers.
15:00 – 15:45 Integrating teaching, learning and assessment in Bilingual /               English Medium Education
This workshop looks at how exactly a teacher can integrate teaching, learning and assessment in the Bilingual / English Medium Education classroom, using the VOICES model. It also considers the most effective ways of using classroom observation as part of peer development within a cooperative learning environment.
15:45 – 15:50 Closing