More than 65 English language teachers from 17 different countries in the Balkans, the Baltics and the Central Europe gathered earlier this month at the international English language teacher training program “Get Real! Bringing 21st Century Literacies to Life” in Budva, Montenegro.
The program offered four days of intensive training with U.S. language experts, including U.S. Fulbright English teaching assistants and fellows, who shared their expertise with the teachers.
The goal of the program was to improve the capabilities of talented English educators from the region and create a strong regional network of teaching professionals. The theme of the event was the teaching of critical thinking skills as an essential building block to developing 21st century skills.
The program was an initiative of the Regional English Language Office (RELO) in Belgrade, the United States Embassy in Podgorica, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. The English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro ELTAM implemented the program. This is the second regional training of this size organized in Montenegro.