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.
On 26 February, Lingva students attended a multimedia presentation on the activities of European Youth Parliament (EYP) of Serbia, given in an effective and upbeat way by young activists Lenka Živanović and Luka Jovanović. Students were invited to join 8th Outreach Weekend of EYPS to take place in Valjevo on 2nd to 3rd March. EYP is a unique educational programme which empowers young people from all over Europe to take an active part in the decision making and intercultural exchange processes. In addition, young people improve their language skills and learn to work in an international environment. Lingva students who have already participated in organizing the previous EYP events for their peers at the local, regional and national levels, have a very positive experience of this programme.
Once again we learned how precious multimedia resource sharing is in learning English. In our latest English language activity titled News Story Tenses we used Wikinews website both to learn what’s going on in the world and to brush up on our use of English tenses. We have found out that Saudi women will finally be allowed to drive, how the US-based taxi booking company Uber was too relaxed about London transport regulations, that Star Trek enthusiasts can enjoy a new series after 12 years, and about different approaches of Facebook and Russia to the protection of personal data. In the process, we practiced all four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and as a result we created interactive grammar exercises focusing on tenses for everybody who is interested to have a try.
Our ongoing ELL multimedia project called Curtain Raisers has been extended with new proposals on how to improve quality of life of young people in Valjevo. Stating that there are already more than enough coffee bars in Valjevo and that young people need to visit new places and new things to see and take part in, Isidora, Emilija, Filip, Mina, Borko, Anastasija, Jovana and Jelena, supported with teacher Katarina, have suggested some more interesting activities and events – camping school trips and summer camps in the countryside round Valjevo, including rock camps, sports tournaments and music festivals, as well as educational programmes such as astronomy lectures and astrophotography exhibitions. Their presentations have been recorded as slideshows and video clips. This year the project was facilitated by teacher Katarina Andrić.