Fifth YALS spring online meetup for first and second graders
Reported by Milica Gojkovic and Marija Vojvodic
The 5th YALS workshop was meant for the youngest and the cutest students. It was held in the early afternoon on 4th June, and Centar Britannica had the pleasure of being the ’virtual’ host of about 25 young learners from Leskovac, Valjevo and Nis.
Teachers Milica Gojkovic and Marija Vojvodic, with the wholehearted technical and logistical support of Jovana Kostic, guided the students through dance, story and various language and logical activities.
In a somewhat noisy, but most certainly active work environment, the primary students had an opportunity to show off their knowledge of action verbs and animals, their spelling (even reading) and acting skills, but also to learn at least a few new words watching a funny story about a sloth and a rabbit.
Thanks everyone for being so active, cheerful and easy to work with!
4th YALS online spring meetup for 7th and 8th graders
Reported by Jovana Kostić
On Friday, 30 May, 7th and 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in the fourth joint lesson organized for Yals schools. Students were led through the murder mystery by teachers from Britannica Niš, Jovana Kostić, Marija Vojvodić, and Milica Gojković. Their main task was to find out the name of the victim, the name of the murder weapon, and the name of the murderer through various interesting exercises. while solving the mystery, the students practiced their listening, speaking, and reading skills, and they revised modal verbs of prediction.
Britannica team would like to thank all the students and the teachers from 4 different schools, Oxford School Leskovac, Lingva Valjevo, Lingva Belgrade, Livingston Belgrade, who attended the joint lesson.
The third YALS online spring meetup, organized by Oxford School Leskovac and led by teacher Jelena Spasic, took place on Wednesday, 27th May. The topic of the workshop was Media Literacy and the materials used were part of the Fulbright TEA Program that teacher Jelena attended during February and March, 2020 at Kent State University, Ohio, the USA. Around 20 teenagers from Belgrade, Valjevo, Kula, Nis and Leskovac gladly participated in the discussions showing a great level of fluency as well as critical thinking. They did a poll about how much they use different media, watched a video and played an interactive online game all with the aim to find out as much as possible, within the 60 minutes of the workshop, about media literacy, informative news and propaganda and the importance of distinguishing between the real and fake news.
Many thanks to all the students who actively took part in the workshop as well as to all the teachers for their selfless support and collaboration.
On Tuesday, 26 May, more than 30 students from 6 different cities gladly took the opportunity to attend another joint lesson organised for Yals schools.This time, the pupils (4th graders and 5th graders) introduced themselves and practised giving personal information about their daily lives and routines. They practised forming different questions, listened to a song and worked together on different problems or “strange events” by choosing questions relevant to each particular situation.
Marina Jovanovic, who planned and hosted this lesson, would like to thank all the other teachers who attended and observed the lesson and stayed behind after the lesson to provide their invaluable feedback.
Many thanks to all the pupils who took part in this lesson, and a special thanks to all the pupils at English Only Zaječar.
YALS Online Spring Meet 1 – The Clever Monkey by S.Ljiljak-Vukajlovic & M.Pejatovic
YALS Association of Language Schools of Serbia is setting up a series on online spring meetups in English for its students.
Yesterday we enjoyed the first of such meetups with our 5th and 6th graders with a story on the clever monkey who outwitted the greedy crocodile.
There were as many as 38 students from as many as 6 cities with YALS schools: from Kula, via Belgrade and Valjevo, Zaječar and Niš, down to as far as Leskovac.
The workshop was a success owing to our president Marija Pejatovic from Oxford School Leskovac, who launched this entertaining and useful project and Sofija Ljiljak-Vukajlović, teacher and owner of Lingva Belgrade, who authored and held this workshop, and most of all to our diligent students who joyfully attended their third class this week.