Macedonia - CLIL Contact in Macedonia
NAME: Elena Sentevska
SCHOOL: Quality Schools International, Skopje, Macedonia
CLASS: The best one
SCHOOL PHONE: Work: (+389 2) 3067 678 or 3091 669, Home: (+389 2) 3223 885, Cell: (+389 70) 842 783, Fax: (+389 2) 3062 250.
About The Teacher
2001 - 2003 Framingham State College, Massachusetts, Master's Degree in International Education 1996-2000 University St. Cyril and Methoduis, Skopje, Macedonia, Bachelor's Degree (major: journalism)
1996: Bill Clinton's Presidential Award for outstanding academic achievements; Award on the Spanish language competition in the State of Ohio; Award for merit from the educational board of the State of Ohio; Recognition for an essay on the U.S. Constitution; Recognition from the American Association of International Student Exchange; Publication award from the daily newspaper "The Jeffersonian" 1991: Award on the 12th state competition of children's poetry in Ohrid; recognitions for successful participation in the regional math competitions in two consecutive years. 1990: First place on the city public drawing contest and a state award for a literature composition
PRESENTATIONS * Integrating Language Into Theme Based Teaching, ELTAM International Conference, Ohrid, Macedonia, 16 October 2004 * If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Drama Summer School, Ohrid, Macedonia, 01 July 2004 * Assessment, Evaluation and Testing, Seminar for Young Teachers, University Koco Racin, Skopje, Macedonia, 27 March 2004 * Ways of Developing After Graduation, IATEFL-East Regional Conference, Zagreb's University, Zagreb, Croatia, 26 September 2003. * Nurturing the Genius in Each Child, IATEFL-BETA Regional Conference, South- Eastern University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 10 May 2003.
PUBLISHED ARTICLES o Possibilities of Technology Enhancement in ESL Classrooms - A Never Ending List - ELTAM (English Language Teachers' Association of Macedonia) Newsletter, Issue 7, January 2004. o Standards for Foreign Language Teaching, ELTAM (English Language Teachers' Association of Macedonia) Newsletter, Issue 5, April 2003.
INVOLVEMENT IN CURRENT PROJECTS o MADCAP (Macedonian Drama and Creative Arts Project) - one of the organizers of the first national drama festival in English, held in December 2003. o CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) - Macedonian representative in this joint project with the British Council Bulgaria. o MACTEST (Macedonian Tests) - designer of tests which measure Macedonian language skills for expatriates who live and work in Macedonia.
Mission For The Class My mission while touching my students' lives forever is their optimal development as creative, knowledgeable, skillful persons who possess a positive image of themselves as individuals and members of the global modern society. I try to give to these young people the opportunity to develop and maintain their highest potential intellectually, creatively, socially and emotionally.
I believe in the collaborative educational approach where both teachers and children are active in structuring the inquiry, with educators having responsibility for guiding the process and children learning to participate in the management of their continuing education. With the certainty of the industrial age being replaced by the uncertainty of the information era, schools are challenged to prepare students to develop independence, self-confidence, self-reliance and a positive view of life and learning. And that can be mainly achieved in an environment that is stimulating, secure and full with collaborative and cooperative human relationships. I vision my classrooms as learning centers filled with creative energy, rich experiences, many achievements, challenging projects and life-lasting friendships.
I commit my strength in providing students with the ability to reason and think independently, analyze information critically and communicate effectively. Such cultivating development engenders self- directed learning, quality work, and the capacity to transfer knowledge across different areas while exchanging and expressing ideas in a variety of forms. Effective communication is also crucial in development of personal qualities that lead to acceptable values and harmonious relationships. I encourage my students to be open-minded and curious. I also strive to achieve their appreciation of the interdependence of people as well as the environment and to promote an awareness and understanding of the limited natural resources with the need for conservation.
I believe, besides teaching curriculum, in encouraging increased use of technology in order to prepare each child for successful entrance into the competitive economy world. Technological literacy will help students adapt and effectively fulfill their personal goals as well as promptly respond to the demands of the information age, seeing the world as a "global village". This concept is directly tied with multicultural awareness as a source of world's strength and the only way to preserve the democratic values for a peaceful life with tolerance and respect. These understandings help students develop open attitude about all people as well as a sense of personal worth and dignity.
I believe that each person in the universe is a unique individual with some features that make him/her more special than the rest of us. I try to locate these talents in each of my students and make them stronger. When I complete my task successfully, I know that students carry a piece of my personality until the rest of their lives. It is a two way process. They all leave their own special unique prints in my heart as well.