Here are some more news this spring from our area and the world in the 9th issue of Lingva Web Thistle Newsletter, as reported by Kalina, Teodora, Uroš and their teacher Mira, who write about the English classes and companions at Lingva, the forthcoming opening of the Lidl megastore in Valjevo, whether the sun could kill the coronavirus, as well as YALS Spring Online Meetups – a series of five online workshops organised by YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia for their English language students in the period from May to June 2020.
Two new issues of Lingva students’ newsletter covering the latest news from the local to the global communities have been recently published on the Lingva Café website. In the 8th issue of the Lingva Web Thistle Newsletter, Teodora, Sofija, Jelena and Ignjat report about their Cambridge CAE preparatory course at Lingva, happenings around Valjevo Jazz Fest in the times of the coronavirus pandemic, the alleged occurrence of “the black widow” in Serbia and the discovery of a microbe that could be successfully used in the fight against malaria. In addition to practising writing articles and news reports at an advanced level in their final year of learning English at Lingva, these students are leaving a relevant digital footprint of their own time on the Web.
Since 23 March 2020, Lingva has been conducting online teaching, The previous week was spent in discussing the most suitable format and preparing the teachers for the new approach. It was concluded that the greatest emphasis should be placed on direct, real-time spoken communication, accompanied with the necessary teacher’s guidance and explanations.
With the good virus of distance learning against the evil coronavirus!
Lingva B2.a students took it very seriously when told to do the English multimedia project called News Verb Forms. They were first instructed to read the latest news stories on various topics on the website https://www.wikinews.org/, and summarize them orally for their classmates. The second step of the assignment involved creating verb form gap-fill exercises using the interactive Hot Potatoes authoring tools, and the final one was to do their classmates’ exercises, practicing use of verb forms both in the stage of creating as well as in that of doing the exercises. Although at first the teacher thought that students would not like to do more than one additional peer-created exercise, Sofija Belušević, Teodora Beljić, Iva Obućina, Jelena Perić, Filip Petrović, Kalina Petrovic, Uroš Uverić, pleasantly suprised her by asking to do all five exercises; what is more, the fast finishers even did some of the similar last year’s activities done by former Lingva students.
As in the previous years, a large number of higher-level course students from Gorenje made a special effort in their English language learning by taking part in multimedia projects. They created slide presentations on various business and technical topics, held them before colleagues in their groups, and finally took part in the assessment and follow-up discussion. In this way they additionally developed all language skills and enhanced their communicative skills and confidence about public speaking. Here are some of their presentations which have been published on our web site www.lingva.com/cafe :