Our language teaching programmes in the school year 2015–2016

Author: Irena Meštrović Štajduhar

Published on 5 May 2016

Following the successful implementation of our language teaching programmes in the school year 2014–2015, we continued to provide language support to children from certain vulnerable social groups during the school year 2015–2016. English and Croatian tutorials were again organised for children from the Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Children’s Home in Lovran. The programme was re-launched in September 2015 and realised through weekly tutorials given by our volunteers, teacher-trainees from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. Marta Blašković and Izabela Weber, second-year MA students of English language and literature, taught English until April 2016, while Nina Posavec, a second-year MA student of Croatian language and literature, taught Croatian until June 2016. Tea Schmidichen, a first-year MA student of English language and literature, joined the tutoring team in April 2016 and was giving English tutorials until June 2016. Weekly tutorials took the form of either individualised sessions or pair work, which allowed for continuous and systematic monitoring of individual’s needs and progress. With the goal of raising the students’ motivation and developing positive attitudes toward language learning, our volunteers have shown great creativity in their approach to each student. They also put special effort into preparation of the teaching materials tailored to fill the gaps in the students’ knowledge.

We also continued with English and Croatian tutorials for children from the Tić Children’s Home in Rijeka during the winter term of the current school year. This programme was also based on individualised weekly classes, taught by our volunteer tutors Maja Mrgić, a second-year MA student of Croatian language and literature, and Rebeka Pavlović, a second-year MA student of English language and literature.

In November 2015 we began the second cycle of English classes for Roma children at Rijeka’s Škurinje Elementary School, intended for the children up to the 4th grade. Classes were given to 3rd and 4th graders by Katarina Pavičić-Ivelja, a first-year MA student of English language and literature, while Kate Ribarić, a second-year MA student of English language and literature, taught a group of 2nd graders. Due to the differences in the students’ knowledge levels, the speed in task-solving, and the students’ interests, the volunteer tutors were dedicated to motivating all students by developing a range of tasks and games designed to cater for each individual.

Irena Meštrović Štajduhar, language teaching coordinator at Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka, advised our volunteers and monitored their work, with the aim of successful implementation of our programmes and quality assurance.

 

Our language teaching programmes

Authors: Dr Tihana Kraš and Irena Meštrović Štajduhar

In order to contribute to successful (foreign) language learning in our community and help those in need, we are organising additional English and Croatian language classes for people from particularly vulnerable social groups.

The additional English language classes programme for Roma children at Rijeka's Škurinje Elementary School, launched on 29 September 2014, is one such initiative. Classes for children from elementary school grades 1-4 are given by our volunteers Monika Majstorović, a certified English language teacher, and Valerija Smrekar, a second-year teacher-training MA student of English language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. In October 2014, classes were also given by our former member, Helena Rubčić. Children participating in the programme attend two 45-minute classes a week.

Another such programme is the additional English and Croatian language classes programme for children from the Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Children's Home, organised at its main facility in Lovran, launched on 22 October 2014. The programme targets elementary and secondary school children who once a week, on an individual basis or in pairs, attend classes given by our volunteers. Classes are given by Andrej Bobanović, Petra Gašparić, Marko Modrić and Nikolina Pajalić, second-year teacher-training MA students of English (and Croatian) language and literature, and Tea Schmidichen, a BA student of English and Croatian language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. During the first three months, classes were also given by Marina Mrazovac and Margita Krulić, certified English (and Croatian) language teachers.

Since 7 November 2014, the additional English and Croatian language classes for children from the Tić Children's Home in Rijeka have also been given. The programme consists of individualised weekly classes for elementary school children, given by our volunteers Ivana Cindrić and Zdravka Bijelić, second-year teacher-training MA students of English and Croatian language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka.

Our fourth teaching programme, early English language learning for children from the Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Children's Home at its facility in Rijeka, was launched on 16 December 2014. Once a week our members Diana Predrag, a certified English language teacher, and Antonela Marjanušić, a second-year teacher-training MA student of English and Croatian language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, give classes to seven children between the ages of two and four, adapting to the specific needs of every child.

Our members Tihana Kraš and Irena Meštrović Štajduhar monitor our teachers' work with the aim of improving the language teaching programmes.

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Bilingualism Matters was founded by Professor Antonella Sorace at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka has been established within the „Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)” project.

 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613465.