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New dimensions in language learning in Southeast Europe

IALC Workshop in Vienna revealed the increase in demand for learning languages other than English in Southeast Europe.

Belgrade, 19th September 2015 – Educational group PRODIREKT and the Verbalisti language network today announced new higher education partnerships which were forged at the workshop in Vienna, organized by IALC (International Association of Language Centres). During the workshop, which took place at the prestigious Vienna Savoy Hotel on 16th and 17th September 2015, 21 study travel agents met 16 IALC-accredited schools from 11 countries teaching 5 languages.

Serbian language education agencies visit Austria, Verbalisti

“The sweetest business was done over die Sachertorte,” Maja Merdovic, Education Program Manager at PRODIREKT & Verbalisti Language Network

This was the first time IALC has organised a regional workshop with school delegates meeting agencies from across the region in a central hub. “Vienna is the perfect location for this type of event,said IALC Marketing Manager Hollie Coffey. “It has great transport connections and it allowed agents to visit ActiLingua, a local German language school based in Vienna.”

ActiLingua school opened their doors for drinks before delegates headed to a reception at the Belvedere, a baroque palace overlooking the city. IALC President, Celestine Rowland welcomed new and returning agents in a speech at the Belvedere. Guests enjoyed food, drink and traditional music outside on the terrace in unusually hot September weather.

Apart from the meetings, the second day was reserved for the city tour. Baroque castles, ornate gardens and the city architecture shined in all its opulence, reminding the workshop participants that Vienna’s culture, history and surroundings make it a great place to learn German whatever your age and interests.

We are very satisfied with the outcome of this workshop for we were able to discuss new agreements, relating to the university preparation programs, with the schools we already represent from the UK, Germany, France, Austria and Spain. I am also glad I had the opportunity to meet our language network’s students who were currently learning German in Vienna,” described the event PRODIREKT Education Program Manager Maja Merdovic.

The diversity of both schools and agents at the event reflected the general increase in demand for languages other than English in Central Europe. This was highlighted in recent research conducted for IALC by StudentMarketing which noted that “in countries where there is growing English proficiency, demand for other languages will increase”.

PRODIREKT at the Berlin Workshop; the partnership with Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy announced

Belgrade, Serbia — November 8, 2014 — Representatives of the Verbalisti language network and PRODIREKT just returned from the ICEF Berlin Workshop 2014, the world’s largest gathering of universities, language schools, education consultants, and agents. In contrast to student recruitment fairs and exhibitions, ICEF Workshops are closed to the general public. This year 2,343 participants travelled to Berlin for three days (02-04 November) of targeted meetings, seminars and networking held at the five-star InterContinental hotel. Overall, participants from 103 countries participated in 26,879 pre-scheduled meetings.

Maja Merdovic of Verbalists in Berlin

Maja Merdovic of the Verbalisti Language Network

Dejan Trpkovic, managing director of PRODIREKT and founder of Verbalisti, described the language network’s activities at the workshop: “We had very successful meetings with a number of educators, which would result in more exclusive language learning and destination options for our students.

After signing the exclusive representation agreements with the Manchester United Soccer Schools and Nike tennis camps in the UK, we are about to bring to our region another world’s most valuable sports brand – Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy. That prestigious US based golf camp was created to meet the needs of world’s top golfers at every stage of their amateur and professional development.

Verbalisti and Greg Norman Champions Golf AcademyWe also had an opportunity to devise several sweepstakes and contests with our partner colleges that would make the language network’s programs even more exciting in 2015. The ICEF Berlin workshop was again very helpful in fulfilling our goal – to continue offering language travel at its best in the Balkans”.

ICEF prides itself on having the strictest, most comprehensive and diligent educator and agent quality controls. Agencies who have received ICEF Agency Status are evaluated every two years to ensure ongoing compliance with ICEF’s standards.

PRODIREKT and the Verbalisti language network were among the first organizations from the Southeast Europe to pass ICEF’s strict screening process and were awarded ICEF Agent Status in 2011, which is an indicator of the Verbalisti language network’s quality and professionalism.

Verbalisti at the ICEF Berlin 2014

A debating club, with a unique English conversation course, opens in Belgrade

Belgrade, Serbia — October 10, 2014 — The education group PRODIREKT today launched the attractive English conversation program dubbed Verbalizuj se! (Verbalize Yourself!).

This unique program is organized by the Verbalingua language center, which is part of the popular language network Verbalisti and PRODIREKT company. Debates and open discussions are excellent for language learning because they engage students in a variety of cognitive and linguistic ways. One of the things that make this program special and different from other courses is that it gives students the opportunity to discuss current and important issues with celebrities and leading business people. For more information about the program, please click here.

Isidora Bjelica is a very famous Serbian writer and public figure

Isidora Bjelica, a very famous Serbian writer and public figure, will be the first guest of the Verbalizuj se! program

“The ability to organize your thoughts clearly and to communicate them in a persuasive way in a foreign language is very useful when you’re sitting in a job interview, advancing your career or holding a top management position. These are skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life, and Verbalize Yourself! program is great to improve those skills. The participation of famous people and successful managers in discussions greatly enhances the value of the program and makes it exciting and unique”, described the course Dejan Trpkovic, managing director of PRODIREKT.

The program starts on 23 October with English language meetings and famous Serbian writer and public figure Isidora Bjelica as its first guest. Verbalingua plans to open debating clubs for other languages in the near future as well.

The meetings are held twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:30 at the attractive space of the Verbalisti language network. The club and office space, which was awarded the first prize at the 23rd Exhibition of Architectural Achievements in Interior Design, is located at Gospodar Jevremova 9a, Belgrade.

The Verbalingua language center and Verbalisti network are brands of Prodirekt, which is a certified representative and partner of prestigious schools and colleges in world renowned university centers.

Language Learning in the Balkan Region Has Become 100.000+ Members Strong

Belgrade, Serbia – March 23, 2014 – The US based education group Prodirekt LLC today announced that its regional language network Verbalisti reached 100,000 fans on its Facebook business page.

Prodirekt has always been very much involved in creating an awareness as to the power of social media as a tool for reaching out to potential foreign language learners. The Verbalisti network diversifies the language learning practice in the South-East Europe region by introducing innovative and up-to-date approaches, such as learning through social media and entertainment. The network features various online language learning tools and YouTube videos. Additional educational content and links to their social media pages can be accessed through the Verbalisti websites in Serbian ( as well as in English (

Verbalisti language network


Thanks for helping us build a global community where we can share ideas, improve our communication skills, support each other in learning languages, have lots of fun and celebrate our achievements.

Nike Teams up with Prodirekt to Promote Its Tennis Camps in the Balkans

An education group Prodirekt to represent exclusively the NIKE tennis and language schools in the Balkan region

Belgrade, Serbia – March 14, 2014 – Following the recently acquired exclusive rights to represent the Manchester United soccer schools, a US based education company Prodirekt LLC, with its regional language network Verbalisti, is proud to announce the partnership with another of the world’s leading brands – Nike, and its representative CMT Learning.

The partnership entails exclusive rights for Prodirekt, covering Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Croatia, to represent the Nike tennis camps in the UK. Prodirekt teamed up with CMT Learning, the sports and education camp specialists, to offer residential tennis camps in July and August at Bisham Abbey and Bradfield College.

Principally aimed at overseas players wishing to develop their English language skills and their tennis proficiency, Nike Tennis Camps provide 40 hours of coaching and match play and 25 hours of English learning on the 2 week camps. Players will have the chance to play and improve under the supervision of multi-qualified coaches. The focus will be on technical improvement, fitness, motivation and fun.

About CMT Learning
CMT Learning specialises in operating residential camps that combine high quality English language teaching with sports coaching to accelerate learning, sporting development and self-belief. CMT works with some of the world’s top clubs, federations, coaches and sports scientists. Players leave our camps with improved skills, more confidence, better English and new friends.

About PRODIREKT LLC and Communication Network Verbalisti (Verbalists)
PRODIREKT ( provides strategic management and executive education and training in the Balkan region. PRODIREKT’s innovative solutions for corporate management, marketing and international business communication offer a bridge between strategy and education, while its business group, with the communication network Verbalisti, dedicated to language studies, professional training, translation and interpreting services, helps young professionals and corporate clients achieve their objectives in international communication.


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