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Simultaneous Interpreting Services for the Conference “Parliaments in a changing Europe” Entrusted to Prodirekt

Belgrade, Serbia – September 9, 2013 – Simultaneous interpreting services have been entrusted to Prodirekt, the leading communication and language consultancy in SEE, for the high-profile conference “Parliaments in a changing Europe: Citizens and representative institutions in modern governance”, which will be held on 10th and 11th September 2013 at the House of the National Assembly. This Conference takes place within the European Union (EU) funded Twinning Project “Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the EU Integration Process”.

Following the aim of the project to strengthen the representative role of the National Assembly of Serbia, legislative function and the oversight function towards the executive, the main purpose of the Conference is to explore the way in which the democratic perspective of a parliamentary representation can be further developed in the directions of strengthening its ties with citizens and openness.

Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of SerbiaDistinguished Serbian and international speakers from EU Parliaments, government institutions, academia, and NGOs will address areas such as: relations between the parliaments and civil society, European and national dimension of citizen’s rights, governance and decentralization strategies, inter-parliamentary communication and modernization of parliament’s operation.

The Conference provides opportunity to learn about current parliamentary tendencies and get more acquainted with the project, which is designed to advance the overall capacities of the National Assembly, in order to plan and implement necessary reforms during the EU integration process.

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Konferencija „Parlamenti u Evropi koja se menja – Građani i predstavničke institucije u modernom upravljanju“

Beograd, 9. septembar 2013 – Konferencija „Parlamenti u Evropi koja se menja – Građani i predstavničke institucije u modernom upravljanju“ održaće se 10. i 11. septembra 2013. u Domu Narodne skupštine.

Ova konferencija se organizuje u okviru Tvining projekta Evropske unije „Jačanje kapaciteta Narodne skupštine Republike Srbije u procesu evropskih integracija“.

Istaknuti srpski i međunarodni predstavnici evropskih parlamenata, vladinih institucija, iz akademskih krugova i nevladinih organizacija govoriće o temama, kao što su: odnos parlamenta i civilnog društva, evropske i nacionalne dimenzije građanskih prava, strategije upravljanja i decentralizacije, interparlamentarna komunikacija i modernizacija rada parlamenta.

Konferencija je deo Tvining projekta, koji ima za cilj da uanpredi ukupne kapacitete Narodne skupštine, kako bi planirala i sprovela neophodne reforme, tokom procesa evropskih integracija. Projekat sprovodi Parlament Grčke i Narodna skupština Republike Srbije, od januara 2013. do juna 2014. godine.

About PRODIREKT 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.

Capacity Building Activities Organized to Strengthen the Functions of the Serbian National Assembly

Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of Serbia - ProdirektBelgrade, Serbia – July 16, 2013 – In February, 2013, Prodirekt, the leading communication and language consultancy in SEE, was selected to provide the complete solution for the communications needs of the Hellenic Parliament and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in their twinning project.

During May 2013, in the framework of the capacity building activities of the Twinning project “Strengthening capacities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the EU Integration Process”, three workshops have been organized for the Members of the Parliament, the Service of the National Assembly, representatives from Ministries and other Government institutions, as well as NGOs.

Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of Serbia, Prodirekt

Seminar on “The Techniques for Elaboration of Legislative Acts”

Experts from Greece, Belgium and Slovakia shared their specialized knowledge, experiences and EU best practices with the participants from the aforementioned institutions. In a constructive and positive atmosphere, participants expanded their knowledge on various topics and had opportunity to share their ideas and suggestions, in terms of improvement of the current working practices.

Further capacity building activities were organized during June and July 2013 for the Members of the Parliament, the Service of the National Assembly, representatives from ministries and governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Seminar on The Techniques for Elaboration of Legislative Acts” was organized on 18th and 19th June 2013, in order to improve the overall collaboration between the National Assembly and the Government of Serbia in the legislation process.

Workshop regarding the “Parliamentary oversight over the Government, considering European best practices” was held on 27th June 2013, with the aim to strengthen the oversight function of the National Assembly and its relations with the Government and Independent State Institutions.

Serbian study visit to the Hellenic Parliament, Prodirekt

The employees of the Serbian National Assembly in the study visit to the Hellenic Parliament

Seminars dealing with European best practices on the operations of parliamentary committees dealing with citizens’ requests, appeals and petitions and how to address them through e-petitions“ were held on 24th and 26th June 2013 with the complement workshop “How to address citizens’ requests, appeals and petitions on different topics” organized on 8th July 2013 with the aim to increase participation of the citizens in the Parliament’s activities.

Furthermore, workshop and training on “Recommendations for improvement of organization and function of the Parliamentwere held on 9th and 10th July 2013, for the employees of the National Assembly in order to upgrade its organizational structure and its working practices.

About PRODIREKT 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.

Prodirekt Selected to Provide Language and Communication Services for the High-profile EU Project – Strengthening Capacities of the Serbian National Assembly

Belgrade, Serbia – February 25, 2013 – Prodirekt, the leading communication and language consultancy in SEE, has been selected to provide the complete solution for the communications needs of the Hellenic Parliament and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in their twinning project.

The twinning project “Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the EU integration Process” is an European Union funded project that will be jointly implemented by the Hellenic Parliament and National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia from February 2013 until June 2014.

Serbian Parliament

Prodirekt will help facilitate transparent and reliable oral and written communication between the Serbian Parliament and EU experts

The purpose of the project is to increase efficiency, liability and transparency of the Serbian National Assembly particularly in the exercise of its representative role, legislative function and its oversight function of the executive branch.

The implementation of the project requires high quality translation and interpreting services. Prodirekt, with its extensive network of language professionals, will be responsible for the project’s communication needs, as well as translation and interpreting services in the following areas:

  • Legislation & law making process
  • EU acquis
  • Parliament & Government operation
  • Independent State bodies
  • Operations research
  • Communication and media

Interpreting services will be conducted in a series of workshops, conferences, roundtables, and trainings.

Project intro
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National Assembly Twinning Project Leaflet 2013

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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.

ELTA in Serbia, English Language Learning through Social Media and Entertainment

English Language Teachers’ Association in Serbia Features the Network Verbalisti 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 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 rumour has it that if news/information is not on Tweeter, Facebook 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? Prodirekt company has recognized the power of social media as a tool to reaching out to potential English language learners by creating a language network Verbalisti. Our co-editor, Marija Ivanovic, has spoken with Prodirekt’s director of educational programmes, Jasmina Saric, who explains the ideas behind their work as well as the latest trends in English learning in Serbia when it comes to social media and entertainment.

Tell us more about the social language network Verbalisti – what inspired its concept and how it develops?

It all happened three years ago after the prolonged talks with our educational partners – major European language schools and colleges, about how we could raise the standard of language learning in our region. We wanted to offer students in the region a social media that will be a motivating factor to learn foreign languages. Consequently, we created the social media and language network Verbalisti that quickly changed many things in our region. Probably the most significant result is that Verbalisti language network diversifies the language learning practice in Serbia 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 can be accessed through the two language specific blogs of Verbalisti – stranijeziciblog.com (Serbian) i stranskijazici.com (Macedonian). Last year, in partnership with Pearson and Kings Colleges London, Verbalisti conducted the language competition Verbalizuj se!, with a two-week language course in Kings Colleges in London as the main prize. The competition generated 432 entries and more than 34,000 visits to the site in just one month.

Verbalisti London young language learners group 

What in your opinion makes Verbalisti so special and different?

Perhaps it’s the fact that we offer students an accessible and attractive way of finding out everything they need to plan their language education. We have recognized the importance of the social networks, Facebook and YouTube in particular, as the main environment for opinion exchange. There was no doubt about it. Languages are live organisms, they change and evolve as we speak… communication and opinion exchanges are essential. Facebook is the one that probably enables the highest interaction levels. The other important thing was to create a platform for students to view and exchange photos, video clips or simply start a discussion. We further spiced things up by interviewing celebrities, because our motto is learning through entertainment, especially when it comes to the young. The result of our efforts is more than 12,000 Verbalisti language fans on Facebook.

Now that you’ve mentioned the interviews with the celebrities in your media, tell us how important was their support for Verbalisti popularity and how can social media be used in the classroom?

Very important, I’d say. Since the very beginning we’ve made a point of “opening up” celebrities to tell us more about their education, their language competencies, about their travel. All of them supported the project we dubbed “Speak Your Mind!“. The most significant of all, however, was to show the young how important it was to speak languages in our times, by sharing the experiences of their favourite singers and actors. English teachers can use these clips as a tool to motivate students to learn the language. If teachers don’t have access to internet at schools, they can, nevertheless, recommend the links during class and in this way give students the freedom to explore them on their own at home while on Facebook or YouTube. As feedback exercises, teacher can, then, after a few days re-initiate the discussion in classrooms. This can be done either through group discussions or as a part of a writing exercise.

 

Social language network Verbalisti - Speak Your Mind!

Speak Your Mind!, featuring celebrity interviews, is the most popular on Verbalisti YouTube channel

 

We talked about students’ preferences, especially the younger ones, for the digital media and social networks. It explains to a great extent the fast growth of the language network Verbalisti, but what is the situation like when it comes to the foreign language teachers? How trained and how prepared are they for the advantages of the digital media and the latest teaching tools?

Well, here the situation is not so rosy, although we have to be honest in realising that the poor use of the digital media in our schools has come as a result of many different factors, most of which are out of the teachers’ hands. For instance, the economic crisis is to blame for the lack of funds – therefore, no money for the speedy internet connections, for computers at the students’ disposal or acquiring new, powerful teaching tools, such as, interactive whiteboards. We need more significant help in financing teacher training, educating them to incorporate new media and tools into a class, and last but not least – we need to come up with the compensation system which would motivate teachers to evolve and improve with the times. This is the core reason why our teachers should seize every opportunity for additional training, especially those organised abroad and supported by the foreign colleges, the British Council or other institutions. The overall implementation of the digital media and the improvement that comes with it have forced the western countries to transform their teaching, and I honestly hope we’ll follow in their footsteps.

PRODIREKT, with its language network Verbalisti, recently signed the regional partnership agreement with the Paris based Entertainment Learning, the creator of language learning service – English Attack! In line with the importance of adopting new media in our teaching, we will in the next issue discuss with Jasmina Saric the power of social media and how digital entertainment can be applied to help people learn languages.

ELTA Serbia Newsletter

Read the whole article at: English language learning through social media and entertainment, By Marija Ivanovic

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Marija Ivanovic is a MELT co-editor, an educational consultant and an English teacher. At the moment, she is setting up a project on harnessing teacher and student emotional intelligence called ‘Cool Fire’ in Denmark with partners from the UK. Her professional interests include Reflective practice, Teacher development, School leadership and Emotional intelligence. She received her BA degree in the English language and literature from the Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University and her MA in Lifelong learning from the Danish School of Education, Deusto University and London University respectively.

About ELTA
ELTA is a non-governmental, non-profit association of teachers of English in Serbia, affiliated to IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). It was founded in 2003 by merging of two, at the time, biggest teachers’ associations ELTAB (English Language Teachers’ Association of Belgrade) and YELTA (Yugoslav English language Teachers’ Association). ELTA brings together primary and secondary English teachers, teachers working in higher education, language schools, students of English, all language professionals and professionals-to-be interested in ensuring excellence in English language teaching.

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.

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.