LINGVA teachers Katarina Andrić, Ivana Lazić, Lora Petronić Petrović & Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović have recently attended the 16th Conference of ELTA Serbia – English Language Teachers’ Association, which was held under the title “The Teacher’s Guide through ELT Galaxy“ in Belgrade on 11 and 12 May. The coference was attended by over 400 teachers, and the speakers included numerous famous experts in the field of English language teaching and learning from the world and Serbia. YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, one of whose members is Lingva, was again represented by five speakers, as in the previous ELTA conference, who held interesting and successful workshops. LINGVA teachers had ample opportunity to explore the current and future trends in ELT approaches and methods, as well as to share specific experiences with other colleagues.
On 24 March 2018, Lingva teachers attended the 27th Inhouse Worskhop “Lingva’s Teaching Sparklets 3“. The presenters were Katarina Mirković, German language teacher and Ivana Lazić, English language teacher, who held the following workshops:
· Deutch mal anders (German in Another Way) by Katarina Mirković
· We Love LEGO® by Ivana Lazić
· Compare, Compare by Ivana Lazić
Both teachers meticulously prepared their workshops and demonstrated a large number of activities for young learners at A1 and A2 levels, including integration of multimedia and educational LEGO® activities. They also stressed the importance of diversity and TPR in work with children as motivationa boosters leading to better language learning results.
Their presentations were received with exceptional interest and enthusiasm. Here are some of participants’ comments for Katarina’s work:
“It was super, you are very energetic. The activities are interesting and I will be pleased to use them in our lessons. Thank you J“
“Exceptionally good ideas, especially those demanding movement and breaking the lesson monotony. Bravo, Katarina!“
and some feedback for Ivana:
“A lot of useful multimedia material, great online resources, thanks!”
“All activities are excellently integrated, both lesson perfectly planned, a good blend of multimedia and the textbook.”
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.
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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Spring courses of English and German
February – May 2018
Preparation for Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL and Goethe exams
Preparation for university language studies
– Discounts for advance payment and family members
– 20% discount on Cambridge exams
Enrollment : up to 3 February 2018
In 2018 too, Lingva will provide a 20 % discount on the price of international Cambridge exams (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.
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.
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.
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