Tag: learner-centred approach


On March 3rd 2018 Lingva teachers Marija Matić Grujić, Katarina Ristić, Katarina Andrić, Marija Milovanović and Lora Petronić-Petrović attended the conference ‘SIG Day Joy of Teaching Young Learners’, which was held at the Faculty of Legal and Business Studies Dr Lazar Vrkatic in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Teachers were presented with some practical and innovative ideas which they could use while teaching young learners.

Three Lingva teachers Marija Matić Grujić, Marija Milovanović and Katarina Andrić held a workshop called Tricks with Brick in which they showed how LEGO® bricks and StoryStarter educational software can be used for foreign language learning. Participants got familiarized with using LEGO® bricks to enhance listening, speaking, sreading and writing. They also got to experience building stories with bricks and their feedback was very positive, particularly pointing out that these activities would boost students’ creativity and self-confidence.

Another Lingva teacher, Lora Petronić Petrović, held a presentation Speaking and Listening with Polly the Porcupine, which was aimed at practising listening and speaking skills, with special emphasis on speaking skills according to YLE Starters format.

This workshop shows the way of adapting coursebook material to the features of Cambridge Starters Exam. At “Lingva”, private language school in Valjevo, the main material for teaching used in classes are different course book series from renowned publishers, since not all students take this exam. In view of the fact that the test and portfolio items format differ from the one in Cambridge YLE Starters Exam, author of the activities shows the ways of exposing students to exercises which will both, bring test format closer to them, and put them in the exam similar circumstances from the very beginning of the school year. The activities presented are based on New Chatterbox 2 coursebook by Derek Strange Units 7 and 8, as well as Starters Exam Speaking part.

Tricks with Bricks Presentation
Tricks with Bricks Video

Speaking and Listening With Polly the Porcupine
Lesson Plan
Smiley Sentences PP


Lingva students from Gorenje at C1.a level have shared some interesting news with us in the latest issue of Lingva Web Thistle. Ivana, Ana and Aleksandar are reporting about their Business English course at Lingva, a burning issue connected with air pollution in Valjevo, Serbian tourism impact on the world media and an interesting development in the business of cider production.

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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.

UBER IN LONDON by Jelisaveta Maksimović
NEW STAR TREK SERIES by Uroš Jovanović
RUSSIA Vs. FACEBOOK by Sofija Ranković

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 – 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!”
“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.”


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This year again on the Right Course with Lingva you are going to learn languages through live communication in class and via the Internet. Enrol in our school and join SpArKy groups for multimedia language learning!