When thinking which famous people to present, we have all decided to choose singers and actors: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Holland. Our main criteria in selecting were our personal preferences, their recognized achievements in the worlds of music and film, but also their positive personal traits – all of them are independent, brave, hard-working and above all generous and ready to share part of their wealth with people in need.
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.
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 :
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.
Aware of the particular benefits of multimedia English projects for their needs in terms of developing communicative skills and boosting confidence for public speaking, hardworking students from Gorenje d.o.o. company readily took part in all the stages of their execution, from briefing, gathering, selecting and synthesising information to creating and editing, and finally giving oral presentations followed by feedback/evaluation.
English teaching/learning based on multimedia project work has been used in Lingva since the very start of school operation because of the exceptional value this approach adds to language acquisition through increased motivation, cooperation, learner autonomy, the balance between the process and product of learning, and feeling of fulfillment.
Here are new engaging multimedia English projects done by Gorenje d.o.o. students, which have been published on our web site https://lingva.com/cafe/ :
Lingva students from Gorenje at C1.a level have shared some interesting news with us in the latest issue of Lingva Web Thistle. Ivana, Ana and Aleksandar are reporting about their Business English course at Lingva, a burning issue connected with air pollution in Valjevo, Serbian tourism impact on the world media and an interesting development in the business of cider production.