Croatian Association of Teachers of English

RIJEKA BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The first HUPE Rijeka Branch meeting was held at Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, ogranak Trsat – American Corner in Rijeka on September 21st, 2019. Sixteen members attended the meeting. 

The agenda included:

  • HUPE Rijeka presidential election
  • Anita Jokić: Power of Women
  • Gracijela Orobabić: How to teach “Domain B”? No Biggie or OMG?
  • AOB

 HUPE Rijeka Branch held elections for the new branch president. We proudly announce that the new HUPE Rijeka Branch President is our dear and active member Dario Abram.

The first workshop was held by Anita Jokić, from Prva riječka hrvatska gimnazija. The workshop focuses on role and position of women through history and focuses on six women who changed our perspective (Billy Jean, Princess Diana, Malala, Rosa Parks, etc.). Students take a look at six biographies (they do research and watch videos, materials provided). They learn about the changes the women made and why these women are important. Carefully selected songs are used to connect the historical events with modern times and position of women in modern world. Several short videos are shown to help understand the position on women through various periods, and how these 6 particular individuals helped women all over the world. Students play a quiz, do a bit of acting (interviews), do a group research using ‘old-school internet’– printed out articles on paper and hung around the room. Students have questions and need to find the answers in the articles. Based on the information they have gathered and using photos they are given – they create a newspaper cover celebrating various important life moments in lives of these women.

The second workshop was held by Gracijela Orobabić from primary school Gornja Vežica. "Teaching Domain B - No Biggie or OMG?" - “Domain B“  outcomes give learners an opportunity to learn not just the facts about the target English speaking country and its people, culture,values, custums and traditions but also better understand and accept and respect other people's cultural identity. Teachers can choose teaching materials that will encourage learner's development of social and life skills such as critical cultural awareness, adaptability and intermediation as well as accept cultural differences, become tolerant, be able to establish intercultural social contact and be ready for cooperation and compromise. Workshop on different types of teaching materials about Thanksgiving and exchange of ideas among teachers as well as discussion about the best ways to achieve “Domain B“ outcomes will help us become aware of the possibility to prepare lessons on hospitality, tolerance, caring, compassion, refrain from criticism and judgement and many others which are very important within intercultural relationships, with a goal to help young learners become active and positive citizens of the world.

If you wish to join HUPE Rijeka, contact Dario, your new president at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nataša Žarkov
HUPE Rijeka

 

Report - Osijek Branch

The first HUPE Osijek Branch meeting in 2019/ 2020 took place on 12th October 2019 in American corner.

Our first speaker was Ivana Kirin and her topic was ŠzŽ FAQs - iskustva iz petoga razreda eksperimentalnog programa. This topic is very interesting and up to date because of the ongoing curricular reform. There are still a lot of questions that are not answered, and Ivana did a great job answering all our doubts. She led us through four topics, and they are: planning, tablets in class, projects and assessment.  Ivana talked about her experience in the classroom last year, as her school was one of the experimental schools in the curricular reform. Although all the topics were covered in detail there were still questions. At the end the conclusion was that a process like a curricular reform is extensive and it requires a lot of learning from teachers as well as students. 

 

Our second speaker was Marinko Uremović with interactive lecture The anatomy of a writing task. Marinko showed us how writing is as we all know the most challenging skill for students. It has same components as listening or reading skill. We need pre-writing part, while-writing part and post-writing part. Marinko also gave us an insight how important drafts are for the writing task and for students.  He really dissected a writing task making sure to show every aspect concerning the writing task. From how the teacher should prepare him/herself for the task to how the teacher should prepare the students for the writing task. It was a very useful lecture in which everyone could find something new to learn. 

At the end of the meeting, participants were informed about the news in HUPE and about the upcoming 28th HUPE Conference that will be in Poreč in April 2020.

Kornelije Juranić
Osijek Branch President

ZAGORJE BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The last HUPE Zagorje meeting before the summer break was held at Secondary school Bedekovčina on June 17th, 2019. 

There were two workshops. The first one was a workshop held by our dear member, and the new HUPE vice president, Petra Blajić.  Petra’s presentation was called Integrating Critical Thinking Skills in the EFL. The members tried different activities and discussed the meaning and importance of critical thinking in EFL teaching.

 The second workshop, held by Damira Mršić, on behalf of OUP, was called Insight Into Inquiry Based Learning. The participants had a lot of fun trying different creative activities which could be used in the classroom.

After the two workshops, HUPE Zagorje Branch held elections for the new branch president. We proudly announce that the new HUPE Zagorje Branch Presidentis Gordana Bujanić Tretinjak, our dear and active member, who you probably all know as HUPE PR. 

HUPE Zagorje is thankful to our members and the speakersfor coming. We congratulate Gordana and wish her a lot of productive and good branch meetings! HUPE Zagorje will continue to inspire and hopefully become a bigger branch in the future.

If you wish to join us, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Petra Končić
HUPE Zagorje Branch President

SPLIT BRANCH MEETING REPORT

Third HUPE Split branch meeting for the school year 2018/19 was held on May 31, 2019 at Osnovna škola don Lovre Katića. The agenda included:

  1. Ivana Bokavšek: Digital Storytelling 
  2. Alenka Miljević : School for Life in experimental school
  3. AOB

The first part of the meeting included a workshop titled Digital Storytelling. Ivana Bokavšek demonstrated how technology, if applied appropriately and innovatively, can enhance student communication skills. The workshop provided teachers with hands on opportunities to explore ICT tools WordCloud, H5P and Adobe Spark Post that support creative learning and innovative teaching. Ivana offered the specific examples and practical activities designed to spark student curiosity and creativity.

In the  second part of the meeting Alenka Miljević shared  her experience about experimental programme School for life in practice in the round table format. The focus was on planning, assessment and use of new technologies in teaching. Fourteen English teachers actively took part in the discussion.  

We are thankful to all the participants for joining and making the meeting dynamic and productive!

Vanja Fazinić
HUPE Split Branch President

RIJEKA BRANCH MEETING REPORT

The third HUPE Rijeka Branch meeting was held at Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, ogranak Trsat – American Corner in Rijeka on May 11th, 2019. Twenty members attended the meeting. 

The agenda included:

  1. Ana Inić and Marina Mrazovac:Co-teaching grammar
  2. Dorina Badurina:Investigating content and language integrated learning in Croatia
  3. Nataša Žarkov: 27th Annual International Conference in Poreč

The first workshop was held by Ana Inić, from Prirodoslovna i grafička škola Rijeka, and Marina Mrazovac, from Glazbena škola Ivana Matetića Ronjgova. The aim of this workshop was to offer first-hand co-teaching experience in grammar lesson design. Certain grammatical structures, such as causative have can be quite challenging for students to acquire. Using various methods can be a useful tool in overcoming those obstacles. One such method is co-teaching.

The aim of the second workshop, held by Dorina Badurina from Srednja škola Ljudevita Adamića, was to familiarize the teachers with the CLIL approach and its characteristics in Europe and Croatia.  Moreover, the presentation aimed to provide insights into teachers' thoughts and concerns about the challenges and benefits of CLIL obtained as a part of a case study in Andrija Ljudevit Adamić High School in Rijeka. Although CLIL is seen as an innovative approach that promotes linguistic diversity in education, CLIL warrants more attention from national institutions, higher education programmes, and secondary education policies.

Nataša Žarkov, HUPE Branch President, talked about 27thHUPE Conference held in April in Poreč.

If you wish to join HUPE Rijeka, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nataša Žarkov
HUPE Rijeka

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