Category: Lingva English Café

Nobody compares to them

The best singers for us are Ariana, Selena, Shakira and Taylor. Ariana has the nicest voice and Selena is the most beautiful without makeup. Taylor is fitter than Ariana and Shakira is the fittest.
Not only do we like football but we play it as well. Our favourite players are Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s muscles are bigger than Messi’s, Messi’s muscles are bigger than Neymar’s, but Neymar is taller than Messi, and Messie is more popular than Ronaldo.
Our favourite basketball players are LeBron and Curry. LeBron is older, stronger and taller than Curry, but Curry is better at basketball than LeBron. Curry is the best player in the world.

We made these beautiful posters with the help of our teacher Ivana Lazić.

Messi and Neymar

by Stefan Anicic and Vojin Aleksic

LeBron James and Curry

by Strahinja Simic, Viktor Manic and Pavle Rankovic

LE Bron James and Stephen Curry

by Vuk Ilic and Petra Nemeshajmer

Ariana, Selena and Shakira

by Ana Dobric, Andrijana Radic and Masa Kragovic

Ronaldo and Messi

by Andrej Pantelic, Ivan Markovic and Lazar Maletic

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift

by Nina Peric and Petra Maksimovic

Famous Serbian Historic Figures

Višegrad Bridge
Višegrad Bridge by Lingva Valjevo

Exploring the information about famous Serbian historical figures, together with our teacher Katarina Andrić, we found out many diverse interests and occupations of, first of all, Milutin Milanković, who explained why and how ice ages occurred in the geological past of the Earth, and which climate changes can be expected on it in the future, as well as even more famous Nikola Tesla, who created one of the world’s first wireless remote control and wanted to produce free electrical power for the whole world. We also described two men of letters – Vuk Stafanović Karadžić, whose parents named him Vuk („Wolf“) so that evil spirits would not hurt him and who had such an excellent memory that he was able to write a book of over 100 lyrical and epic poems he memorized as a child, and Ivo Andrić, Croatian by origin, who in his youth was a member of several South Slav organisations that opposed the Austro-Hungarian occupation, and who became 1961 Nobel prize laureate in literature “for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country”.

Milutin Milankovic by Jelisaveta Maksimovic and Bogdan Radojicic

Milutin Milankovic Film Presentation

Nikola Tesla by Marija Djukic and Ognjen Stanojlovic

Nikola Tesla Film Presentation

Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic by Andjela Miskovic and Aleksandar Trifkovic

Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic Film Presentation

Ivo Andric by Natalija Nedeljkovic and Nikola Lukic

Ivo Andric Film Presentation

23rd Lingva In-house Workshop: Writing Assessment Standardisation

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In accordance with the needs analysis of Lingva English language teachers, the 23rd in-house workshop was dedicated to writing assessment. A similar workshop was held On 18t February 2011 with some of the teachers attending both of these events.

Being one of the two most elusive and difficult areas for assessment, besides the speaking skills, since no black-and-white criteria can be set as in the case of listening, grammar and vocabulary, language teachers always appreciate efforts to practice assessment and marking. It is also beneficial for our language school to improve quality and consistency of writing assessment in order to ensure unifed and fair school assessment procedures for young adult and adult groups.

In the first session, teachers brushed up their knowledge of overall CEFR written assessment criteria and then familiarized themselves with the relatively new Cambridge Writing Assessment (sub)scales, first of all four subscales referenced to CEFR level descriptors: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation and Language. Special attention was given to clarifying the meaning of specific criteria in each of the subscales. In the second session, teachers were given samples of written students work at B1 and A2 levels to rate them individually and in pairs, which was followed by the whole group discussion. On this occasion, too, agreement was the highest in rating the language, while communicative achievement marks required more harmonizing.The session was ended by agreeing on the exact sets of criteria that will be used uniformly by all teachers for progress test and final exam assessment at each of language proficiency levels.

The workshop was prepared and facilitated by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović. The next workshop, which will focus on speaking assessment standardisation, will be held in June.

22nd LINGVA Workshop on LEGO Language Teaching

22nd Lingva Workshop on  LEGO Language Teaching
22nd Lingva Workshop on LEGO Language Teaching

After finishing teaching for this school year, Lingva teachers had an opportunity to run an inhouse workshop on integrating LEGO constructions into language teaching. It was our 22nd inhouse workshop titled Help Me Build My Story! Creating Picture Books, Comics and News Stories with LEGO Elements. Continuing its policy of continuing investment into the cutting edge teaching equipment and aids, Lingva has recently purchased an innovative educational Lego pack with expansion sets, together with respective software, aimed at boosting motivation of our young students for language learning and improving speaking and writing skills. The worskhop was set up and run by Marija Milovanović, Marija Matić and Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović, and other teachers contributed to the activities with plenty of creative details for story “building”.

Lingva Teachers at the New Technologies in Education Conference 2015

Profesorke Lingve na konferenciji Nove tehnologije u obrazovanju 2015
Lingva Teachers at the New Technologies in Education Conference 2015

Lingva teachers recently attended the New Technologies in Education Conference organized by the British Council and the Ministries of Education and Tourism in Belexpocentar, Belgrade, on 27-28 February 2015. Marija Milovanović, Ivana Lazić, Lora Petronić-Petrović and Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović, together with Jovana Popović from Tom & Ema School from Belgrade, familiarized themselves with the latest trends in the use of ICT in teaching. What they found especially interesting were the presentations on the uses of tablets and mobile phones, as well as the demonstration of integrating creative Lego constructions into multimedia stories or newspaper articles, which took place in the exhibition area. The general impression was that the conference gave a significant contribution to productive blending of teaching needs and knowledge with the cutting-edge ICT resources and that especially useful was the opportunity to share experience with colleagues from the region and Great Britain.

YALS at 4th National Conference of Language Schools

YALS members Marija Pejatović, Vesna Stakić, Maja Gavrilović, Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović and Biljana Barna, with Verica Amidžić (the third from the left)
YALS members Marija Pejatović, Vesna Stakić, Maja Gavrilović, Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović and Biljana Barna, with Verica Amidžić (the third from the left)

At the recently held 4th National Conference of Language Schools, organised by English Book in Belgrade on 11 October 2014, Maja Gavrilović, representative of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, gave a short presentation on the forthcoming accredited YALS seminars, new YALS project of language school certification, and other activities.

YALS at 4th National Conference of Language Schools

Lingva Workshop No. 20: Enlivening Language Skills – Writing

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On 21 June 2014, continuing the series of Enlivening Language Skills in-house workshops, after the 19th workshop in February this year  on the skills of reading, Lingva teachers gathered to present and try out the activities designed to develop writing skills. This workshop covered all age groups and a broad range of levels, from Primary A1.b to (Young) Adult C1, as well as various types of written tasks – instructions, biographies, stories and references. All sessions featured use of colourful realia and attractive multimedia resources for the purpose of boosting motivation of students for active language learning. As before, this was one more opportunity to share valuable first-hand teaching experience.

Primary A1.b: A Day in Africa Plan by Marija Milovanovic

Secondary A2.a: A Biography Plan by L.Petronic-Petrovic

Adult B1+: What’s Your Story About Plan by Ivana Lazic

Secondary B1: Once Upon a Time Plan by Katarina Andric

Young Adult B2.a: Swift Portraits Plan by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlovic