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.
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We proudly announce that we have saved two more walnut trees – the seventh and the eighth – from cutting, together with their scops owlets, which kept hooting for help in our lush green, so fully walnut-and-linden-scented Valjevo! Look at our latest news reports illustrated with LEGO bricks, and published with LEGO StoryStarter program, with the little help from our teacher Katarina Vićentijević.
Save the Walnut Tree 7 by Dunja Jezdić, Andrea Rakić, Isidora Prokić and Nikolina Mitić
Save the Walnut Tree 8 by Ljubica Dimitrić, Teodora Rakić, Marsel Maša, Andreja Živanović and Viktor Simović
What more can you wish for than have a sunny day to walk your dog or play volleyball, and finish the day feeding your pet and having a round of the mobile phone games. Or have a fantastic day at the seaside spoiled by and ugly witch and her sister to be saved by the most handsome prince in the world and to be kissed by him at the end only to wake up and realise it was just a dream … Or have another dream in which you fight a terrible battle against some soldiers to, it’s hard to believe, actually save a witch who has just treated you with a lunch, but again your dream gets interrupted; this time by the rattle of breakfast plates. We presented all of this with Lego bricks and turned into comic strips with LEGO StoryStarter program and a little help from our teacher Ivana Lazić.
Here is one more beautiful day in this month full of certificates and awards! 19 of us, plus buddies, sisters, brothers, mums, dads, grannies, grandpas, auntie and uncles, as well as our teachers, have gathered at the big Lingva’s classroom to celebrate excellent results of Cambridge English Young Learners’ Exams on the Starters, Movers and Flyers levels. Starters were the best this year, with almost all winning 14 or 15 out of the total 15 Cambridge shields. Movers and Flyers almost reached them, earning 5 shields each in most of the language skills. Our best skill is speaking and we are ready to chat with friends from all over the world, in Valjevo, other places in Serbia, and other countries and show them how well we can use our English.
It was finally our turn to build stories with LEGO® bricks and write about our kitty cats. They are really naughty – when they do not fight they knock down the telephone, let our kite fly away, or fall into the sea. We always have to rescue them. Naughty, naughty kitty cats!
Our teacher Milica Marić kept us company and helped a lot.
My Kitty Cat by Ema Maksimović, Dunja Jovanović, Jovana Ilić, Aleksa Stanković and Viktor Stanojević
My Kitty Cat by Vladimir Popović, Anđela Radosavljević, Eva Jezdić, Elena Panić and Matija Vukosavljević
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Our weekends are usually very quiet becuse we are all relaxed , but from time to time little mishaps happen and disturb our peace. They can give us a bit of a fright, such as when we come across a snake in the countryside, make us a little sad if somebody falls down and hurt themselves, but very often we are amuzed and have a good laugh when animals or people bungle things and cause a great commotion. Here are short news stories with lego brick illustrations about our last weekend of summer holiday. Teacher Marija Milovanović helped us in creating them.
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”.
On 5th and 6th June 2015 Lingva teacher Lora Petronić Petrović presented the paper “Performance-based and authentic assessment for Cambridge YLE Starters Exam” at the 4th International Conference Teaching English to Young Learners: Assessment and Learning organised by the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac. The conference was dedicated to various aspects of assessment in TEYL. The presenters from 13 countries – Great Britain, the USA, Sweden, Poland, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Germany and Serbia took part in it.
The plenary speakers at the conference were Professors Marianne Nikolov, PhD, University of Pecs, Hungary, Jelena Mihaljević Djigunović, PhD, University of Zagreb, Croatia, JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA, and Shelagh Rixon, PhD, University of Warwick, UK.