ELTA in Serbia, English language learning through social media and entertainment

ELTA Newsletter features Prodirekt and language network Verbalisti

English Language Teachers’ Association in Serbia features the network Verbalists in the IT for ET

In recent years social media has become a predominant factor in our daily communication, especially among young people, who ‘hang out’ on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter via their laptops or mobile devices almost around the clock. We update our status on (un)usual events in our lives, write on our friends’ walls or just tweet an interesting link from any imaginable sphere of life. Such is the power of social media that the rumor has it that if news/information is not on Tweeter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, it literally did not happen.

So, why not use this trend of massification of online communication also as a means to attracting (young) people to learn languages in a funny, informal and laid-back way? READ MORE

German ICEF Features Prodirekt Language Learning Poll and Analysis

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The leading education organization in Europe ICEF features Prodirekt poll and analysis, relating to young language learners, in the Monitor.

Job opportunities have been shrinking with the global crisis and employers are becoming more selective; therefore, speaking English as a second language has become more important. The Verbalists survey points out that in developing economies the need for language education among young learners is perceived as a must, and that parents are willing to continue spending on their children’s education abroad even in harsh economic times. READ MORE

Language learning a priority in Balkans

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Using the Facebook page of Verbalisti, a vibrant social network focused on language learning managed by PRODIREKT, consumers were asked: ”How important is it for your children to learn a foreign language in the native speaking country?”_

Almost 80% of the 1,226 voters responded: “It’s extremely important and I will provide it for my child regardless of financial constraints in the family budget.”

Prodirekt managing director, Dejan Trpkovic, told The PIE News, “The results are important because they show the language travel potential in the region and they are an indication of the future behaviour of parents.” He added, “There will be more students studying foreign languages abroad as the economic situation in the region improves.”

Read the full story here

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Stanley Jordan, famous guitar player, and his magic touch for Verbalists’ language fans (VIDEO)

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Stanley Jordan and his magic touch for Verbalisti language fans
Stanley Jordan is best known for his development of the tapping technique for the guitar

In 2008, the Verbalists Language Network partnered with one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe – Nisville. Three years later that cooperation has been extended to musical education. The Nisville Jazz Festival features workshops every year, aiming at educating young people through music.

The Festival conducted a free workshop in August 2011 for vocals and most of the jazz instruments – the piano, guitar, base, brass and wood wind instruments. Verbalists used this unique opportunity to meet and talk to one of the most prominent Festival performers and the guitar wizard Stanley Jordan: READ MORE

Yoni Vidal – the Balkan music is fascinating (VIDEO)

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Verbalists interview with Yoni Vidal

Verbalists Interview: Yoni Vidal
Guitarist, Vocalist, Arranger and Music Composer
Nisville Jazz Festival
August 14, 2011

Yoni Vidal Vaz was born on May 28, 1968 from Spanish parents. Already at age 13 he started playing a guitar, while at 23, after completing his traditional and musical studies at the academy, he has begun his career as a professional musician.

Yoni traveled all over the world and worked on many projects as a singer and guitarist. But Yoni Vidal is more than a good entertainer on stage. He is a composer and arranger. His latest work is the CD album “Spice Road”, a mix of spanish guitar with sounds of Asia.

We talked to him at Nisville, famous regional jazz festival, about his career, traveling adventures, languages, music he plays… READ MORE