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Prodirekt and Verbalisti Support the Manifestation “May – a Math month in Serbia”

Verbalisti, matematika i Maj mesec matematikeBelgrade, Serbia – April 25, 2012 – The Centre for the Promotion of Science and the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts held the press conference, regarding the science-popular manifestation “May – a math month in Serbia”  to be organised in Belgrade and 15 other cities in Serbia.

The communication and language network Verbalisti, owned by Prodirekt, gladly accepted the invitation to support this worthwhile project. Verbalisti, as one of its major media sponsors, will cover the project activities throughout Serbia and contribute towards instigating scientific curiosity and motivating Serbian citizens to take interest in science and math as much as possible.

Video: The campaign May – a math month in Serbia” (in Serbian)

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German ICEF Features Prodirekt Language Learning Poll and Analysis

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 Verbalisti survey points out that in developing economies the need for language education amongst 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.

Balkan poll follows Berlitz study showing strong demand for language learning

Balkan poll follows Berlitz study showing strong demand for language learning

“Prodirekt, provider of education and training in the Balkan region, and its language-focused social network Verbalisti recently announced the results of a poll designed to discover how parents in the Balkans feel about the language education of their children. The survey polled 1566 people from 4 countries: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Resultsclearly showed that parents place a high regard for foreign language education”. Entire story can be read at Balkan poll follows Berlitz study showing strong demand for language learning

ICEF Monitor features Prodirekt Language Learning Poll

 

 

 

 

 

About ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs)

ICEF‘s roots in international education go back to the 1960s, when Karl Badde, a linguist and pioneering educationalist, established a chain of language schools in the Middle East. This chain included centres in Bonn and London by the 1970s, with a specialisation in Arabic language training for diplomats and business executives. Since 1991 ICEF has counted as clients thousands of educators, student recruitment agents and industry-related service providers. Renowned as the most important event for international educators, premium agents, work & travel professionals, as well as leading industry service providers, the ICEF Berlin Workshop is the world’s largest and most comprehensive international education-focussed networking event of its kind.

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 and social network Verbalisti, dedicated to language studies and professional training, helps young professionals and business people achieve their objectives in international communication.

English Learning in Serbia Got Stronger – French Education Ministry Chooses English Attack!

Paris, France – April 10, 2012 – PRODIREKT’s partner in providing innovative language learning in Serbia and the Balkans, company Entertainment Learning, with its product English Attack!, has been named official pedagogical partner and content supplier to English By Yourself, the national online portal for English language learning developed by the French Education Ministry. Tha partnership was announced at a press event in Paris by French Education Minister Luc Chatel.

English Attack! chosen as content provider for new French Education Ministry portal for learning English

The portal has been created and will be operated by the Centre National d’Enseignement a Distance (Cned), the French Education Ministry’s distance-learning unit. Like English Attack!, the Cned is active in the promotion of informal, lifelong education and autonomous learning for a wide audience. Every day, English By Yourself will feature freshly updated content from English Attack!, specifically: the Video Booster of the Day, the Verb Dash learning game, and the Photo Vocab of the Day.

English Attack! has been created in consultation with linguists and Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, and implements a novel pedagogical approach to language learning based on cognitive neuroscience.

PRODIREKT expects to launch the first local language versions of English Attack! in June 2012.

About the Cned

The Centre National d’Enseignement a Distance (Cned) is a national public sector organization appointed by the French Ministries of Education and Higher Learning, and is tasked with the promotion and enabling of distance learning, in particular via information and communication technologies.

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 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.

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 and social network Verbalisti, dedicated to language studies and professional training, helps young professionals and business people achieve their objectives in international communication.

The communication and language network Verbalisti (www.facebook.com/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.

Foreign Languages and the Social Language Network Verbalisti Show a Shiny New Internet Face in Serbia and Montenegro

Belgrade, Serbia – 9 April 2012 – Verbalisti, the best known communication and social language network in southeast Europe, owned by PRODIREKT LLC, today has officially promoted its brand new website in Serbian at www.verbalisti.com. The social language network Verbalisti is created for language aficionados and people wishing to improve their communication skills.

In line with the network philosophy to actively use new media and entertainment in attracting, connecting and educating its users, the Verbalisti website offers multitude of photo galleries and video clips. It also stands out from many other websites dealing with education and communication by the clarity of its design, user-friendliness and transparency in presenting terms and conditions of booking a language course abroad. Users can easily research and compare the prices and content of various language programs, the information given is clear and complete, while video clips offer additional insight into colleges, accommodation facilities and other students’ testimonials.

And last but not least, Verbalisti have made sure we would happily visit their cyber corner repeatedly by featuring two branded media categories InSpotlight and Speak Your Mind! Here you’ll find the Verbalisti interviews with the famous actors, singers, directors local and international, interesting experiences of the leading businessmen, film and concerts announcements and reviews, as well as excellently produced video reports on the latest developments in foreign languages, communication and media.

Review by Aleksandar Jovanovic
Editor-in-Chief of Programs AKTUELNO and Automedija
Source: AKTUELNO
B2B Interactive Media Group

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 and social network Verbalisti, dedicated to language studies and professional training, helps young professionals and business people achieve their objectives in international communication.

The communication and language network Verbalisti (www.facebook.com/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.

The UK Changes the Visa Application Process, Implications for Language Learners in the Balkans and EE

Timothy Hughes, Entry Clearance Officer at the British Embassy in Moscow, delivered a presentation on behalf of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to announce new visa changes at the recent ICEF Moscow Workshop, where hundreds of educators from approximately 30 countries around the world met quality student recruitment agents from Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The UK’s Point Based System (PBS) requires people to obtain 40 points to qualify for a Tier 4 student visa. Students need to present a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from a Tier 4 sponsor and must demonstrate that they have enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs whilst studying.

Hughes shared some background on student visitor visas and outlined plans for the year ahead. He explains further in the video interview below.

As Hughes’ comments illustrate, various changes to the visa application process will be implemented from 6 April 2012. One key difference is that the UKBA can now assess visa applications up to six months before the travel date, giving more flexibility to agents and students.

Other notable changes that come into effect as of 6 April 2012:

  • Visa application fees are going up.
  • There will now be time limits for degree studies in the UK, including a maximum time limit of five years for study at bachelors and masters level. (Note that there will be exceptions for those completing a PhD as well as certain longer programs of study.)
  • The maximum time for work placements will now be limited to one-third of the course time for studies outside of universities. The maximum work term for those studying at universities will remain half of the course time.
  • Institutions that do not currently meet the UK’s tough new criteria for Tier 4 visa sponsors, but have applied for and are awaiting inspection, are only able to sponsor a limited number of international students in the interim. This interim limit will be extended to cover the further transitional period to the end of 2012, by which time all providers will have been inspected.

Hughes forecasts a healthy demand for visas, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics, and highlights the strong desire from the Russian market to come to the UK to accelerate the language learning process. “There has been a huge demand and interest from Russians in learning the English language,” notes Hughes. Last year they received 177,000 visa applications from Russians to come to the UK, which marked the biggest Russian application volume ever seen.

The UKBA’s recent announcements occur against the backdrop of a highly critical, report from the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) on the agency’s 2009 implementation of the Tier 4 points-based system for students from outside the European Economic Area. The NAO report was particularly critical of the UKBA’s enforcement of the new visa rules with regard to students who entered the UK on Tier 4 visas to work rather than study and also with respect to cases where students overstayed the term of their UK visas.

A related article in The Chronicle of Higher Education sums up the debate arising from the NAO report as follows.

The British government is debating new efforts to curb immigration, with universities raising concerns about the effects on foreign students and scholars. Regarding the new report, the chief executive of Universities UK, which represents university vice chancellors, said in a statement that ‘visa abuse in relation to U.K. universities is very low compared to other parts of the education sector,’ adding that with strong global competition for international students, Britain needs to ‘ensure that legitimate concerns about immigration do not end up causing irreversible damage to a profoundly successful British export.’

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