On 18 March 2023, the thirtieth Lingva inhouse workshop was held, under the title Lingva Teaching Sparkles 5. Teachers from Lingva Valjevo: Danijela Beljić, Ognjen Petković, Lora Petronić Petrović, Katarina Ristić and Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlović, together with the participants from Lingva Belgrade: Ana Petrović, Željko Ljiljak-Vukajlović and Sofija Ljiljak Vukajlović held a series of workshops where they presented a selection of most successful activities in teaching English for all age groups and levels of knowledge. This first live workshop after years of online gatherings due to the coronavirus epidemic passed in a relaxed and cordial atmosphere.
On 4th October, Lingva school held the first lesson of an English language course in Valjevo, as part of a project of YALS Association of English Language Schools under the sponsorship of the America Embassy in Belgrade.
The project is titled Teaching English to Serbian civil servants working at local government units with the focus on practical skills needed to communicate more fluently with EU counterparts. It will be implemented from September 2021 to June 2022 and it includes 130 participants from 11 cities and towns selected from all over Serbia. The implementing party in Valjevo is the Lingva Centre for Foreign Languages. The project is managed by a YALS project team consisting of:
Sofija LJiljak-Vukajlović, Project Manager
Mirjana Grandov Lacić, Project Coordinator
Danijela Karafilipović, Project Accountant
For this purpose, the YALS project team has compiled a special handbook called Skills Booster, which covers the functional language and skills relevant to the situations in the work of civil servants, such as creating a CV, active participation in meetings, writing formal emails/letters, creating and giving presentations and use of helpful digital tools, within the topics related to communal, urbanistic and economic activities, as well as the cultures of European Partners, USA and Serbia.
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.
News Verb Forms: Fan Expo Canada 2019 by Uroš Uveric
News Verb Forms: Toronto’s Anime North 2019 by Jelena Peric
News Verb Forms: US study finds correlation between youth suicide, household gun ownership by Kalina Petrovic
News Verb Forms: Millions don’t turn up to ‘storm’ US airbase for extraterrestrial evidence by Teodora Beljic
News Verb Forms: Students compete in second international Neurosurgery Olympiad in Tyumen, Russia by Sofija Belusevic
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.