Dragana Milanković

Professor of English Language and Literature

dragana.milankovic@boskovic.edu.rs

Education: B.A. in English Language and Literature, Belgrade University, Faculty of Philology, Department of English Studies.

Professional training:

-Online course (100 hours) on critical thinking, University of Oregon, Department of Applied Linguistics, April – June 2013;
-Participant at international Cambridge conferences, 2010 & 2011;
-Training program for Cambridge ESOL exam managers within the internal centre, April 2010.
-Online training program for CIE program leaders, September 2008 – January 2009;
-Training program for external collaborators of the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Serbia for the preparation and execution of seminars for teachers of English in high schools in Serbia (200 hours) organized by the Ministry of Education and the U.S. embassy in Belgrade, June 2006 – March 2007;
-Seminars for coordinators of the Association of Teachers of English – ELTA organized by the British Council, November 2006 and the U.S. Embassy, April, 2007;
-Training within INLPTA Program The Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming, The British Council, Belgrade, February 2006;
-Training for trainers of teachers at the Bell Centre, England, August 2004, as part of an ESU / Frank Bell scholarship;
-Training for teachers of English B within the IB program, Geneva, June 29 – July 03, 2004;
-Training within the Secondary ELT Trainer Programme organized by the British Council in Belgrade and the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Serbia, October 2002 – April 2003;
-Final seminar within the Summer Mentor Training Course, of the British Council, Belgrade. June 25 – 29 1999;
-Mentor Training Course, of the British Council, Belgrade, October 1997 – March 1999;

Work Experience:

-Since 2010 Coordinator of the Cambridge programs within the “Ruđer Bošković” education system, (Cambridge ESOL exams manager and CIE program leader).
-Co-author of online discussion on Moodle platform regarding the role of teachers in the classroom organized by the Southeast Europe English Teachers Association – SEETA, October 2010;
-Author, co producer and program coordinator of professional advancement programs for the Cambridge Certificate for Teachers and Trainers since 2009. year;
-Co-author, co producer and coordinator of accredited professional advancement programs “Towards a better understanding” since 2008, and “How to evaluate and improve one’s own teaching practice” since 2010.
-As a trainer of English teachers she has held various workshops: “Teaching English with students of different achievement levels”, “Planning classes in teaching English” and “Interesting ways of practicing grammar structures” in all the major towns in Serbia, 2005-2013.
-Chairperson of the English Language Teachers’ Association – ELTA, 2005 – 2007 as a volunteer function, organization of annual ELTA IATEFL Conferences with over 600 participants in 2005 and 2006 at the Sava Centre in Belgrade.
-Member of the “Ruđer Bošković” high school faculty as an English teacher since the school was founded in 2003, and since 2006 English teacher for the English B course within the International Baccalaureate programme (IB Diploma Programme).
-1999 – 2003 teacher of English in “Milutin Milanković” high school in Belgrade. Co-author of English language tests for primary schools and member of the evaluating committees for writing and speaking skills at regional and national English competitions for primary and secondary school students.
-Since 1995 regularly attends seminars for teachers of English language organized by the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Serbia, the British Council in Belgrade, the Culture Department of the US embassy in Belgrade and representatives of the Longman, Oxford
University Press and Cambridge University Press publishers.
-News in English of the Channel 3 (translation), July – August 1992;
-1991-1999. English teacher “Dragica Pravica”, “Miloš Matijević-Mrša” and “Veljko Dugošević” primary schools in Belgrade
-Member of the English Language Teachers Association – ELTA since 2002, of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language – IATEFL since 2005, and the Board of the association English Speaking Union Serbia since 2006.

Participation in projects:

Participated in projects set up by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia, the English Language Teachers Association – ELTA and by the British Council and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade: Serbia Touring (2006), Towards Better Understanding (2008-2013), New Challenges, New Perspectives (2012).

Publications:

-Paper “Interesting ways of practicing grammar structures”, published in MELT (Magazine for English Language Teachers), Belgrade, 2007;

Awards:

-First prize of the International Exams Department at the University of Cambridge at the competition held on the occasion of the 7th International Conference of Teachers in Cambridge for the photograph ‘Many hands make light work’, September 2011