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”.
Lingva teachers recently attended the New Technologies in Education Conference organized by the British Council and the Ministries of Education and Tourism in Belexpocentar, Belgrade, on 27-28 February 2015. Marija Milovanović, Ivana Lazić, Lora Petronić-Petrović and Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović, together with Jovana Popović from Tom & Ema School from Belgrade, familiarized themselves with the latest trends in the use of ICT in teaching. What they found especially interesting were the presentations on the uses of tablets and mobile phones, as well as the demonstration of integrating creative Lego constructions into multimedia stories or newspaper articles, which took place in the exhibition area. The general impression was that the conference gave a significant contribution to productive blending of teaching needs and knowledge with the cutting-edge ICT resources and that especially useful was the opportunity to share experience with colleagues from the region and Great Britain.
At the recently held 4th National Conference of Language Schools, organised by English Book in Belgrade on 11 October 2014, Maja Gavrilović, representative of YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia, gave a short presentation on the forthcoming accredited YALS seminars, new YALS project of language school certification, and other activities.
On 21 June 2014, continuing the series of Enlivening Language Skills in-house workshops, after the 19th workshop in February this year on the skills of reading, Lingva teachers gathered to present and try out the activities designed to develop writing skills. This workshop covered all age groups and a broad range of levels, from Primary A1.b to (Young) Adult C1, as well as various types of written tasks – instructions, biographies, stories and references. All sessions featured use of colourful realia and attractive multimedia resources for the purpose of boosting motivation of students for active language learning. As before, this was one more opportunity to share valuable first-hand teaching experience.
Primary A1.b: A Day in Africa Plan by Marija Milovanovic
Secondary A2.a: A Biography Plan by L.Petronic-Petrovic
Adult B1+: What’s Your Story About Plan by Ivana Lazic
Secondary B1: Once Upon a Time Plan by Katarina Andric
Young Adult B2.a: Swift Portraits Plan by Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlovic