CREATIVE CENTRE PRIZES OFFICIALLY AWARDED TO LINGVA VALJEVO

New Year and Christmas holidays were made more enjoyable for Lingva teachers by Creative Centre representative Mr. Dejan Begović and Parents’ Guide TV programme crew. The ocassion was the offical award of the Creative Centre prizes to LINGVA school in Valjevo for the best scenography of the Frozen Again story by teacher Marija Matić Grujić, in the “Telling LEGO® Fairy Tales“ competition. This valuable recognition will certainly provide additional incentive for Lingva teachers to continue with creative use of this popular resource in foreign language teaching and learning.

New Activities on Lingva English Cafe: NEWS STORY TENSES

Once again we learned how precious multimedia resource sharing is in learning English. In our latest English language activity titled News Story Tenses we used Wikinews website both to learn what’s going on in the world and to brush up on our use of English tenses. We have found out that Saudi women will finally be allowed to drive, how the US-based taxi booking company Uber was too relaxed about London transport regulations, that Star Trek enthusiasts can enjoy a new series after 12 years, and about different approaches of Facebook and Russia to the protection of personal data. In the process, we practiced all four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and as a result we created interactive grammar exercises focusing on tenses for everybody who is interested to have a try.

SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW WOMEN TO DRIVE by Anja Prokić
UBER IN LONDON by Jelisaveta Maksimović
NEW STAR TREK SERIES by Uroš Jovanović
RUSSIA Vs. FACEBOOK by Sofija Ranković

Discount on Cambridge Exams

20 % discount on the price of international Cambridge exams in 2017 (KET PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, TKT, DELTA)

For FCE exam, instead of RSD 19,900 you pay 15,900
For CAE exam, instead of 20,900 you pay 16.700

LINGVA is a Cambridge English Exam Preparation Centre and Tier-one British Council Exam Centre Partner, through its membership of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia.

Lingva In-house Workshop No. 26: Our Perky Lessons 2

Marija Matić presenting at 26th Lingva In-house Workshop, 23/06/17

On 23 June, Lingva English teachers gathered for the 26th Lingva In-house seminar. The presenter this time was Marija Matić Grujić, who demonstrated some of her best teaching pieces done so far in her work with students of different age groups at Lingva Language School in Valjevo. All of the activities included a lot of multimedia resources, such as YouTube chants, Lego Education StoryStarter Set with software support, and Scattergories Card Sets. Marija’s skillful integration of varied and attractive activities, as well as the films she made to illustrate her students’ performance made an exceptionally favourable impression on her colleagues from Lingva, who will definitely include some of her ideas into their own teaching.

Multimedia English Projects by Lingva Students from Gorenje 2016/2017

We have recently completed this year’s cycle of Business and Technical English courses for students from the Gorenje d.o.o. company. The cooperation between Gorenje and Lingva in the area of language education has been going on for many years and is maximally based on meeting the individual students’ needs and developing their communicative skills.   Since the syllabuses included practice of oral presentation skills, students have jointly made a series of attractive multimedia projects,  which have been published on our web site www.lingva.com/cafe:

YALS REINSPECTION OF LINGVA 2017 – SECOND STAGE

YALS reinspection of Lingva 2017 – 2nd stage

We haven’t wavered in our commitment to quality! The maximum number of points awarded by YALS inspectors proved once again that we continue to work with the same professionalism and dedication, as shown before in numerous previous regular inspections ever since 2000. During the second stage of YALS inspection for the purpose of accreditation renewal inspectors Maja Gavrilović from Livingston School, Belgrade, and Biljana Barna from New English School, Pančevo, inspected and assessed implementation of professional standards, school management, as well as school premises and equipment. They held separate interviews with students, parents and teachers, and were able to see for themselves that all the participants were extremely satisfied with Lingva services and attitude. This practice offers a good opportunity for any language school to review the status of its work procedures and processes and to update and improve them in accordance with the latest developments in the field of education.

Lingva In-house Workshop No. 25: Our Perky Lessons 1

Writing in CLass Lesson Plan by Marija Milovanović

On Saturday 18 of March 2017, English teachers gathered at Lingva for the 25th round of in-house workshops. The presenters this time were Danijela Bojanić and Marija Milovanović. While Danijela’s workshop, titled Humour Is No Laughing Matter, explored ways of practising different language skills through different forms of humour and using diverse multimedia resources at A2-B1 levels , Marija’s session called “Writing in Class” was dedicated to finding attractive ways of encouraging students of all ages practise this skill, which we more often than not tend to leave aside and assign for homework in order to save precious class time for speaking although we are aware that most of our students do no homework at all. It has been a long time since we last had our in-house workshop and we were all eager to learn and share some new teaching and learning ideas and ready-made activities. Our impressions of the activities presented in both workshops were extremely positive:

Feedback for Writing in Class by Marija Milovanović
“Great, interesting, useful ideas for classes!”
“Great!”
“You’re ready to present at higher levels – at YALS or ELTA seminars and conferences.”
“On the second thought, I’ll use all of your activities. Well done!!!”
“Keep up with the good work!”

Feedback for Humour Is No Laughing Matter by Danijela Bojanić
“I loved it. We haven’t had any workshops so far related to this, what is great is that you could use everything in the classroom (I know I will). Thanks for the ideas!”
“It was very exciting, I liked it pretty much, a lot of interesting ideas and activities. Great job!”
“Great ideas!”
“The song is great! Students could write their own version and practice vocabulary (fruit/vegetables).Tnx”
“I enjoyed it and you encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone! Thanks!”
“A lot of fun! I would actually use the teacher prank list with the worst students and ask them to add their own.”

YALS REINSPECTION OF TEACHING AT LINGVA 2017

Teaching inspection at Lingva, Valjevo, 2017

“Is the inspector coming to observe us too? Why not to our group as well?“ sighed some of Lingva‘s students on Wednesday, 1 March 2017. They were bypassed by the regular teaching reinspection for the purpose of YALS accreditation renewal. It is not customary that students are not afraid of inpectors, but this time it happened that inspector Ana Djordjević, Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Philology of Belgrade University, engaged by YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia as an external inspector, dispelled all the fears with her professional and unobtrusive approach to the observation of lessons held by 6 teachers in 12 groups, from preschool to adult levels. Teachers did their best to show that all their work is of exceptionally high quality and students responded with utmost interest and cooperation. A lot of enthusiasm and positive energy filled all Lingva classrooms, as well as an all-pervasive feeling that hard work always pays off in the end.