From October 2015 to March 2016 English Language Teachers` Association of Montenegro (ELTAM) implemented and realized the English Conversation and Public Speaking Club at the primary school “Olga Golovic” Niksic. The Club was financially supported by the British Embassy in Podgorica.
The aim of 20 workshops, held in this period, was to facilitate knowledge exchange and networking of Montenegrin English teachers as well as to improve effective speaking techniques, skills and fluency in English in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
The club moderators Natalija Savicevic and Tanja Djonlaga planned a different topic for each week: Prejudices, Mass Media, Conflicts and Resolutions, Montenegro vs European Union, Democracy and Human Rights, Festivals in the United Kingdom and Montenegro and so on.
During the workshops, the participants were offered different activities and games such as role plays, debates, discussions, Power Point Presentations, quizzes with the aim of interacting and developing social skills (negotiating, persuading, leadership, cooperation, empathy…).
The Club was attended by English language teachers working at primary schools, teachers of other subjects (Italian, History, Civic Education, Exploration of Humanitarian Law, Music, Tourism), vocational high school teachers, university teachers and senior students of Niksic University.
Participants are highly satisfied with these workshops, they are willing to continue with similar activities and to recommend the English Conversation and Public Speaking Club to all professionals in the field of education.