Lingva in-house workshops No.17 and No. 18 in the school year 2012/2013 were dedicated to developing skills of using interactive whiteboard and integrating online IWB activities into English language teaching. In the 17th workshop on 10th January 2013, a Lukvel representative introduced Lingva teachers to the basics of working with a Hitachi Starboard Link EZ2 IWB and in the 18th workshop on 21st June 2013, teachers presented lesson plans in which they integrated online IWB activities with face-to-face teaching.
The new piece of teaching equipment for blended teaching/learning was received with great enthusiasm at all levels – from Director of Studies to novice teachers, and Lingva students were equally thrilled to switch from quieter PC based pair work to more dynamic IWB group activities. Many hours were spent on internet research to find suitable IWB resources for all age groups and levels, and integrate them with the set Lingva sylabuses. While plenty of ESL resources were easily found on the web for younger learners, a considerable number of authentic materials aimed at native speakers had to be used to design leasson plans for higher-level students, which necessitated more meticulous adaptations. The overall result was creation of a comprehensive school base of IWB activities that will be constantly reused, improved and supplemented in the future work of Lingva. Here are some sample lesson plans:
Primary A1.d Little Red Hen by Lora Petronic-Petrovic
Primary A1.a Little Red Riding Hood by Marija Milovanovic
Secondary A2.b Easter Activities by Ivana Lazic
Secondary A2.b Nelson Mandela by Katarina Andric
Secondary A2.a Are You a Good Listener? by Marija Matic
Young Adult C1.a Fool’s Gold by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlovic