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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 (http://verbalisti.com) as well as in English (http://verbaliststravel.com).

Verbalisti language network

 

VERBALISTI LANGUAGE NETWORK – YOU’RE ONE IN 100,000+!
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 (www.prodirektgroup.com) 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.

English Attack! Partners with Prodirekt for Language Learning Innovation Across Balkans and Serbia

Media and education group PRODIREKT, with its regional communication network Verbalisti, will be responsible for rolling out innovative online entertainment-based approach to English-language learners in seven markets

Paris, France – June 6, 2012 – Entertainment Learning, the European leading education-via-entertainment company, announced its partnership with PRODIREKT LLC (www.prodirektgroup.com) today for the launch, marketing and business development of its flagship language learning service, English Attack!, (www.english-attack.com) in Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia as well as in Bulgaria.

“Our innovative media and entertainment-based approach to learning English was designed to be as accessible and affordable as possible, so our policy is to work with partners not just in the world’s main markets for English learning, but everywhere. In Southeast Europe, we have been delighted to find a regional partner PRODIREKT, who, with its fast growing communication network Verbalisti, offers innovation, market knowledge, skills, credibility and marketing platforms not only in the area of language education, but in media, travel, and youth marketing as well. We are confident that they will be very successful in introducing English Attack! to the millions of learners of English in these rapidly developing markets,” said Paul Maglione, co-founder of Entertainment Learning.

Dejan Trpkovic, managing director, PRODIREKT, added: “The partnership with Entertainment Learning ideally complements our business strategy, while their English Attack! will expand our portfolio of experience-based educational programs. As part of our commitment to motivate, educate and keep the professionals in Southeast Europe in tune with the latest trends in communication and personal development, our network Verbalisti has been supporting major cultural events, regional music and film festivals, as well as conducting interviews with successful business people and celebrities. English Attack! is a valuable addition to our content that stands out for its originality, high quality and is aimed at learning through experience and entertainment.

The full impact of the Internet revolution has yet to be seen in the field of education, and in particular most online language-learning sites are still based on exercises and structures typical of early 20th-century pedagogy, far removed from the interests and motivations of today’s learners. English Attack! aims to propel language learning into the 21st century with an innovative, social approach.

English Attack! allows learners of English to improve their language skills contextually with video clips from blockbuster movies, hit TV series, music videos and television news reports; online games ; and thematic visual dictionaries. They can also practice their developing English language skills within the site’s global social network of learners of English. Users have a choice between an English-language interface and a version with navigation, help texts, tutorials, a dictionary, and other resources in 19 other languages, including Spanish, allowing easier access to the site’s unique pedagogical approach.

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About Entertainment Learning/English Attack!:

Entertainment Learning was founded in 2009, based on the vision of transforming education via web 2.0 principles and the power of online entertainment. It is represented by Marketing Partners in 12 countries covering 15 markets, with offices in Paris, Dusseldorf, Warsaw, Prague, Istanbul, Barcelona, Chicago, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Seoul and Bangkok.

Its first online service, English Attack!, was developed in partnership with a range of English-teaching professionals, and emerged from large-scale worldwide Beta-testing in July 2011. English Attack delivers a truly innovative approach to language learning, based on cognitive neuroscience and the use of learning concepts derived from the latest language learning pedagogy as well as principles based on learning games.

The service is available to both consumers and, via a multi-user license, to schools, language institutes, universities and companies.

English Attack! is available in 20  languages. These include French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, and Korean, allowing easier beginner-level access to the site’s unique pedagogical approach.

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.

The communication and language network Verbalisti has been created for language lovers and all those wishing to improve their communication skills. Furthermore, Verbalisti are the answer to the growing demand for the regional standardization in foreign language studies. Verbalists offer quality language courses for students of all ages and levels according to their various budget needs.

Aktuelno Program about the Importance of Language Education Abroad and How to Attend a Foreign Language School

Interview with Jasmina Saric, Director of Educational Programs, Prodirekt
April 2012
Radio show AKTUELNO broadcasted on 27 radio stations across Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro
AKTUELNO program is owned by B2B Interactive Media Group
Radio host: Sanja Velickovic
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English translation:

It seems that our last week’s announcement of the internship post in Prodirekt, a company dealing with education, has encouraged many of you to find out more about the opportunities to learn a language abroad. Our today’s guest is Jasmina Saric, director of educational programs in Prodirekt and co-founder of the social network Verbalisti (Verbalists), will answer your questions on this matter.

Jasmina, your company Prodirekt has agreed to offer a one-month internship opportunity to all our listeners interested in gaining a valuable experience in the field of education. However, you’ve just told me that, apart from being satisfied with the number of received internship applications and CVs, you’re also quite pleasantly surprised by the interest our listeners have shown in learning a language abroad. Why do you think this is, could it be because of the appeal of the social network Verbalisti?

AKTUELNO featuring Prodirekt internship opportunity with language network Verbalisti

There is no doubt the Verbalisti is an interesting concept in itself and we’re pleased it’s attracting so many language students and linguists; however, when it comes to the growing demand to study a language abroad, I believe it should be partly attributed to the fact that we no longer need visas to travel and partly to the fact that people, not just in Serbia but everywhere in the region, are perceiving the times of recession as ideal for education and improvement. Not to mention the fact that to fit a job, a person needs to tick more and more boxes, with the knowledge of at least one foreign language being very important.

We’ve received a lot of questions from our listeners. For instance, Dubravka Markovic from Belgrade would like to know why a student, before choosing a language course, should consult a language expert?

For a very simple reason – consulting a language expert can save you a lot of time and money. What is it that we can do to help every student choose the right course? The first step would be to define the reason for learning a language: it makes a great deal of difference whether you learn English, for instance, to be able to chat on the internet, or whether you learn German with a view to enrolling in an Austrian college; or perhaps you need Spanish to get a promotion in your company’s subsidiary in Spain. This is important, because it’s a specific level of knowledge that takes you to your goal, but also a specific kind of course. After establishing the goal, we need to determine our starting point and that’s why we ask our clients to do a placement test. The purpose of the test is to find out the current level of the language competence as opposed to the desired one. Once we’ve established these two important points, we can recommend a suitable course.

Our listeners would probably like to know how expensive these consultations and the placement test are?

In Prodirekt and with the Verbalisti, the consultations and tests are free and they are an integral part of our services. However, it is advisable to make an appointment in advance either by phoning 011 26-237-26 or emailing us at info@prodirekt.net

Predrag from Pancevo would like to know whether his 16-year old son who’s been learning English for years, both in school and taking private lessons, needs to attend a course in England? I believe this is an interesting question to students of all ages.

We don’t learn a language in a classroom only. On the contrary. A classroom is an artificial environment, or shall I say, a simulation of real situations. But even in this case there are differences, both in state or private schools – no matter how good the teaching is, or a teacher, when you learn a foreign language in your own country, you’re inevitably surrounded by people speaking the same mother tongue. The communication is bound to slip into that language, sooner or later. In England, or any other country, where you travel to learn its native language, the classes are international, and like it or not, you simply have to communicate in the given language. Even more importantly, outside the classroom, you’re forced to practice the foreign language in real life when for instance, you need to order some food, buy a train ticket or invite someone for a drink.

Jasmina Saric

What is the age limit for language programs abroad?

If we’re talking of programs intended for the teenagers, it’s between 12 and 18 years old.

Since we’re talking of teenagers here, do they travel with a group leader?  A tourist guide?

All our groups are accompanied. The person traveling with students is never a tourist guide because these are not tour packages but educational trips. Our group leaders are always experienced foreign language teachers, and in Verbalisti’s team there are at least 10 such teachers who’ve been participating in our programs for years. They are always with children, from the first passport control at the Belgrade airport to arrival at destination including airport transfers, through their stay in a foreign college, until they return home.

Here is an anonymous but extremely interesting question: I want my daughter to study in Oxford, not wander around doing sightseeing and shopping. Is it compulsory for students to participate in social activities program?

It’s not only an interesting question, it’s a very common one. Social activities, such as sport in students’ free time, sightseeing or creative workshops are not just having fun. Their aim is multifold, but the first and foremost one is continuous communication and socializing in an international environment, only this time in real life situations. Such activities are extremely stimulating and they not only help learning, but also familiarizing with different cultures. And last but not least, they help group leaders have all the students in one place.

Do students receive a certificate after they’ve finished a course?

All students receive a certificate indicating their level of language competency, the length and type of the course they’ve done. Let me just point out that all the colleges we work with are British Council accredited.

Are all your programs intended for teenagers and young people?

People learn languages for different reasons; in today’s globalised world the question of speaking languages and being able to communicate successfully is actually the question of professional survival. Verbalisti have developed 24 language programs aimed at all ages and levels. A substantial percentage of our clients are adults – students, young professionals, business people. We also offer a unique service in language consulting to corporations.

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