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!
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 :
A lot of love, patience and hard work has been invested in these charming presentations of best friends and close cousins by young teenage students in A2.b and A1.a groups and their teacher Katarina Ristic at Lingva. This new generation has many interesting things to reveal to us – we can learn that not only PE is the most popular subject but also math, that they like to be surrounded with pets and go out for a walk with a dog and actively do more than one sport. Their meeting points are city squares and their destination is most often Pećina Park. The music they listen to are songs by Marcus and Martines Shakira, and they adore acting of Kira Kosarin on the Nickelodeon channel. What can be more delicious than eating spaghetti and attractive than going to the seaside in Greece.
Long-awaited internationally recognized Cambridge Certificates have gone into the right hands! Hardworking and versatile students Jelisaveta Maksimović, who was awarded a CAE Certificate, as well as Anđela Lazić and Tina Mijatović (FCE Certificates), have invested a lot of time and effort into English language learning and now they can reap the rewards of their success. Anđela and Tina are following in Jelisaveta’s footsteps, doing another higher, C1-level course at Lingva, which will enable them to take the CAE examination in December this year. The extraordinary results of these diligent girls have given us fresh and strong impetus to provide even better teaching and learning resources at Lingva.
As a sequel to previous workshops dealing with the same teaching area, which were held on 16 March 2016 and 18 February 2011 and responding to the specific needs of Lingva English language teachers, the 29th in-house workshop was dedicated to writing assessment standardisation. The workshop was attended by both more experienced and new teachers. The main purpose of the workshop was to improve quality and consistency of writing assessment in order to ensure unified and fair school assessment procedures for young adult and adult groups.
In the first session, teachers refreshed their knowledge of overall CEFR written assessment criteria – this time including the sublevel or “+“ level descriptions, and then revised the criteria of Cambridge Writing Assessment (sub)scales referenced to CEFR level descriptors: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation and Language. In the second session, teachers were given Cambridge ESOL test samples from A2 to C2 levels to rate them individually and in pairs, which was followed by the whole group discussion. In the final stage, teachers applied the same procedure in assessing Lingva test samples of written students‘ work.
The next workshop, will be held in June, this time as a sequel to the series of speaking assessment standardisation workshops.