Learning a foreign language is beneficial on a personal level, but even more importantly it opens up a world of opportunities in education, which leads to higher employability. We have recognized the increasing tendency to study abroad, which has resulted in new partnerships between PRODIREKT and educational institutions around the world. Moreover, the business growth of PRODIREKT’s language education group and its Verbalists Communication Network has resulted in more queries coming in regarding overseas studying and general education counseling. In order to satisfy the increasing demand in this field of education, we are opening up a position for a Career and Academic Adviser to join our small but highly efficient team. READ MORE
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English and German language instructors and teachers
In-house courses and adult learning – several positions
Following the success and fast growth of Verbalisti, the largest language network in South East Europe, a new language training center is opening in Belgrade, founded by the owner of Verbalisti and the PRODIREKT group that focuses on communication development. The center aims to be the most dynamic provider of language skills training in Serbia and is looking for enthusiastic teachers to fulfill this goal.
Under the guidance and supervision of a Director of Studies (DoS), the language instructor teaches English or German to adult students. In accordance with the approved curriculum framework, the instructor implements effective instructional methods and materials, utilizes diagnostic and progress assessment measures, and maintains communication with students, keeping them informed regarding their progress and offering extra help as required. The instructor keeps the DoS informed of classroom issues and works with colleagues in a team effort to achieve program goals. She/he prepares student reports and supplemental class materials and monitors student progress.
- Planning, preparing and delivering lessons to classes.
- Using a modern and dynamic teaching approach which allows students to communicate easily using the English/German language.
- Researching and devising entertaining, interesting, creative, productive lessons for students.
- Teaching specialized English/German courses such as those which cater to the needs of business people and executives.
- Teaching groups and/or on a one-to-one basis.
- Assessing and recording student progress by setting and marking coursework and examinations.
- Participating in staff meetings and extra-curricular activities.
- Native or near-native English/German language fluency
- Language instructors:
– In-house – at least two years’ experience providing in-house courses to corporate clients
– Adult learning – at least two years’ experience as an English/German teacher to intermediate/advanced adult learners
- Entrepreneurial spirit, comfort with ambiguity, and affinity for learning new tools and applications.
- Knowledge and experience using blended learning, task-based learning, and skills integration in language teaching would be a considerable advantage
- Familiarity with on-line learning management systems, such as Moodle, is a plus
- Ability to develop and adapt classroom materials to meet students’ needs
- Experience using computers and technology in classroom activities (interactive whiteboards, etc.)
- Internet and social networks enthusiast
Please visit the following links to learn more about us:
If you possess genuine fascination with languages, interest in people, empathy with learners and a lot of creativity, we would like to hear from you. We will consider offering freelance, part-time and full-time engagements.
We also welcome applications from motivated, newly-qualified graduates with limited classroom experience, who wish to further develop their careers in a highly challenging environment.
Candidates interested in applying for these job posts, please email a letter of interest, as well as your CV in English and Serbian, with your most recent photograph, to firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls please; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidence.
Prodirekt Completed the First Stage of the High-profile Translation and Communication Project in Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia – 19 July, 2013 – Prodirekt announced the successful completion of the first stage of the high-profile communication project with EU.
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.
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. Click here to review the detailed project description.
Translation and Interpreting Jobs for the EU Project
We are seeking several translation professionals, based in Belgrade, to join our team during the second stage of the project.
• Legislation & law making process
• EU acquis
• Parliament & Government operation
• Independent State bodies
• Operations research
• Communication and media
We will consider offering internship, freelance, part-time and full-time engagements. Experience with legal consecutive interpreting and/or written translations is a big plus, but is not required.
If you are interested in applying for this job post, please email a letter of interest, as well as your CV in English and Serbian, with your most recent photograph, to email@example.com
No phone calls please; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidence.
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.
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
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
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Young Learners Language Education Tops Family Budget Priorities, Shows the Verbalisti Survey in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia
Belgrade, Serbia – March 6, 2012 – PRODIREKT and its language network Verbalisti today announced the results of the poll designed to discover how parents in the Balkans feel about the language education of their children. The visitors of the Verbalisti Facebook page were asked “How important is it for your children to learn a foreign language in the native speaking country?”. The survey was conducted in four countries – Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, during two time intervals – from 21st November to 21st December 2011, and from January 6 to February 6, 2012, and it generated enormous interest among the Verbalisti network fans and other Facebook members alike. The poll reached 247,757 people, while 1,566 participants cast their vote, with 1,226 of them saying that they would send their children to learn a foreign language in a native speaking country, regardless of the family budget constraints.
The Prodirekt poll was inspired by the similar one Berlitz Corporation conducted in Japan, Germany, the USA, Mexico, China, Brazil, France, Poland and Italy earlier in 2011. The purpose of the Berlitz poll was to determine how parents of children between the ages of 4 and 17 perceive the importance of foreign language learning. Their key findings show that almost 90% expressed interest in foreign language learning for their children outside regular school hours. Countries with recent strong economic growth, such as China, Mexico and Brazil, showed especially high interest in language education abroad. The lowest interest was in developed countries such as USA, Japan, France and Germany.
“It was interesting to find out from the Berlitz poll how parents in those 9 countries feel about language education of their children, but it is also helpful to see how Berlitz findings relate to our poll conducted in part of Southeast Europe. Furthermore, we wanted to determine what the parents’ opinion about learning a foreign language at home and abroad was”, said Jasmina Saric, director of educational programs, Prodirekt.
The Prodirekt survey polled 1566 people from 4 countries: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants were asked “How important is it for your children to learn a foreign language in the native speaking country?” There were 4 answer options:
a) It’s extremely important and I will provide it for my child regardless of financial constraints in the family budget – voted by 78% (1,226 votes)
b) It’s very important, and I’ll provide it for my child if the family budget allows it – voted by 16% (246 votes)
c) It’s not that important, a local language school is good enough – voted by 2% (34 votes)
d) It’s not important at all – voted by 4% (51 votes)
The Facebook members can access the poll here.
The poll results clearly showed that parents in SEE regard foreign languages as extremely important part of their children’s education:
- 96% of them would send their children to a private language school – 94% to a language school in a native country, plus additional 2% who maintained that a local language school was good enough for their children’s language education;
- 78% of the poll partakers uphold that improving a language in the country where its spoken is so important that they will provide it for their children regardless of the financial constraints in a family budget
- Only 5% maintains that learning a language abroad is not important – 2% believes a local language school will do the job, and 3% claims that language education abroad is not important at all.
Jasmina Saric from Prodirekt further commented on the poll results: “The prolonged and severe economic crisis apparently does not affect, at least declaratively, the parents’ willingness to spend on their children education. This makes perfect sense: with the economic crunch and high unemployment rate among young people, parents perceive their children’s language competencies as a key factor in getting a job, especially in the local offices of foreign companies, or at least as a necessary requirement for further education options abroad.”
This high percentage of parents in Southeast Europe who perceive foreign languages as key to their children’s success ties in with the analysis about the boom in the junior language market, published by Dan Thomas, of The Pie, an online publication for educators (“Is the junior language market seeing a boom?”, January 12, 2012). In an ever more competitive job market parents recognize a second language – and having studied abroad – as a distinct advantage. The Pie analysis also shows that the demand is not only for English courses, but for other world languages as well.
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 confirms the Pie findings, but also points out that in the developing economies the need for children language education is perceived as a must, and that parents are willing to continue spending on their children’s education abroad even in the harsh economic times.
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 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 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.