Our approach

The MLEC subscribes to the teaching of communicative competence, but grounds instructional materials in useful grammatical explanations to aid memorization and to solidify what is learned through the communicative competence method. In addition, the center strongly believes in and applies best practices of authentic teaching and assessment, i.e. learning and assessment through actual situations that the learners would experience outside of instruction. For this reason, the MLEC’s authentic learning materials provide opportunities for practicing reading, listening, speaking, vocabulary-building, as well as integrated tasks, all while learning about Macedonian culture through popular games, music, and movies.

The sequence of presentation of materials is based on pedagogical best practices such as Benjamin Bloom's taxonomy of learning domains, Robert Gagne's cognitive domains of learning and events of instruction, Stephen Krashen's efficient comprehensible input, and others. Therefore, the lessons are designed to engage the learners by incorporating all three learning domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Each lesson begins with a contextual illustration of the object of the lesson, which is connected to the presentation of new material and reinforced through more contextual examples and exercises to provide the learner with an opportunity to apply what is learned. Feedback is provided immediately to prevent fossilization of incorrect information. The new material is presented according to the formula i+1, where i is the current knowledge of the learner and 1 is the increment by which new material is presented. This formula also enhances retention and transfer of material, since the material builds upon itself, requiring the learner to recall previously learned material.

We invite you to put our pedagogical approach to the test and explore our materials by getting started (click here)!

Officers and Board

The center's daily activities are the responsibility of the center's officers, whereas the governing body of the center is the Board of Directors. Click on each name to read that person's biography.

Executive Director: Biljana Belamaric Wilsey, Ph.D.

Secretary: Meredith Clason, M.A.

Treasurer: David Wilsey, M.B.A.

Board members:

Steven Clancy, Ph.D.

 

Elisabeth Elliott, Ph.D.

 

Robert Greenberg, Ph.D.

 

Meto Koloski

 

Liljana Mitkovska, Ph.D.

 

Ljupco Spasovski, Ph.D.

 

Katerina Vasileska, M.A.

 

Previous Board Members: Marija Kusevska, Ph.D.

 

George Mitrevski, Ph.D.

 

About the center

While teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language, Macedonian Language E-Learning Center (MLEC) founder Biljana Belamaric Wilsey found an abundance of online materials for every audience and level. But when she later focused on teaching the Slavic languages, Macedonian in particular, she discovered a scarcity of available online materials. So, she decided to do something about it and founded the center as a non-profit organization in 2007.

The mission of the MLEC is to promote foreign language learning and cultural understanding world-wide and build an international awareness of the Macedonian language and culture by producing online resources for learning the Macedonian language and learning about Macedonian culture.

The MLEC aims to fill the void of technologically up-to-date materials for studying Macedonian and to address all aspects of language learning via culturally-relevant materials that can be used interactively online, printed, or downloaded to portable technologies. Some of the services offered include free tutorials, podcasts, and language learning games. The center also provides an online interactive community to practice the language by connecting to Macedonians, as well as learners and teachers of Macedonian language worldwide.

The center is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the state of North Carolina and the federal government of the United States. This means that all donations received in the US are tax-deductible. Please contact us if you would like to donate from another country and would like us to explore possible tax benefits in your country.

The center's staff presents and publishes their research about learners using the center's materials at conferences and in leading peer-reviewed journals. To see some of our research, click here.