Do you want to improve your knowledge of a foreign language? Do you want to make new friends? Join our Tandem Language Programme!
Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka will again run a free foreign language learning programme – Language Tandem. In the programme you will be paired with someone who speaks the language you wish to improve, and who wants to improve his/her knowledge of a language that you speak. You will meet every week and speak each language for an equal amount of time.
Registration is now open!
You can find more information about the Tandem Language Programme here.
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On Friday 3 June 2016 members of the Croatian team at AThEME (Ana Bratulić, Branka Drljača Margić, Tihana Kraš and Siniša Smiljanić) gave a talk entitled „Izazovi provedbe politike višejezičnosti u Hrvatskoj“ (“The challenges of the implementation of the policy of multilingualism in Croatia”) at the CLARC 2016 International Conference “Perspectives on Language Planning and Policies” held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. he members of the project team reported on the results of the study that was aimed at identifying the problems related to bilingualism in the fields of education, culture, health services and the work of minority organisations. The presented findings of the study, which was conducted via a focus group discussion and individual interviews, revealed a number of challenges encountered by representatives of the mentioned domains on a daily basis, as well as an array of possible solutions for those challenges.
On Tuesday 17 May 2016 PhD student at AThEME Ana Bratulić gave a guest lecture entitled “Vitality of the Fiuman dialect” in the Sociolinguistics of Minority and Endangered Languages course in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. She provided a short description of this dialect spoken in the city of Rijeka and talked about the dialect’s origin, history, geographical distribution and different factors contributing to its vitality.
On Thursday 12 May 2016 PhD students at AThEME Ana Bratulić and Siniša Smiljanić gave a talk entitled “What do we talk about when we talk about bilingualism? Exploring Croatian pre-service teachers’ beliefs” at the 30th International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society (CALS) “Language in Research and Teaching” held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. In their talk they presented the preliminary results of an exploratory questionnaire-based study in which they investigated Croatian pre-service teachers’ beliefs about bilingualism, namely their definitions and perceived advantages of bilingualism, as well as their subscription to some of the most common misconceptions about (early) bilingual language development.
On Thursday 5 May 2016 we participated in the celebration of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Day at the University of Rijeka. In the entrance hall of the Faculty we set up a stand at which we displayed our recently-published brochures about multilingualism, while Mirjana Crnić Novosel presented her poster “Rijeka’s language identity”. We also organised a pub quiz about multilingualism in collaboration with the Rijeka School of Croatian Studies, hence contributing to the dissemination of some of the main topics investigated in the AThEME project.
Language Tandem, our free foreign language learning programme, has started again on Wednesday, 30 March 2016. This semester eight pairs of tandem partners will meet to learn a total of seven language combinations: Croatian and English, Croatian and French, Croatian and Spanish, Croatian and Portuguese, English and German, English and Italian, and English and Czech.
Language Tandem, our free foreign language learning programme, has started again on 11 November 2015. Under the supervision of the programme coordinators Ana Bratulić and Siniša Smiljanić, ten pairs meet once a week in the Kampus restaurant in Trsat to learn and teach each other foreign languages. Some pairs meet independently of the set meetings. Ten language combinations are featured in this year’s programme: Croatian and Polish, Croatian and English, Croatian and Italian, Croatian and German, Croatian and Spanish, Croatian and Russian, English and German, English and Spanish, Italian and Spanish, and Polish and Hungarian.
On Friday, 6 November 2015, we participated in the shooting of a millennial photograph by Šime Strikoman at Rijeka breakwater to celebrate the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and the 15th anniversary of Tić Children’s Home in Rijeka. In this way we raised our voice against violence, together with 1600 other participants. We have been collaborating with Tić Children’s Home by providing additional English and Croatian lessons to its attendees.
On Thursday, 5 November 2015, we gave a talk entitled “Foreign language learning with Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka: Language Tandem and additional lessons for Roma children” for teachers and other staff members at Rijeka’s Podmurvice Elementary School. Ana Bratulić and Siniša Smiljanić presented our branch and our free foreign language learning programme, Language Tandem. Irena Meštrović Štajduhar talked about our language teaching programmes, focusing on additional English lessons for Roma children at Rijeka’s Škurinje Elementary School, while Monika Majstorović and Valerija Smrekar, the programme’s volunteers, shared their experiences of teaching Roma children.
On Friday, 19 June 2015, we participated in the international conference on multilingualism and multiculturalism called “Let’s Go through Culture”. The conference was held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka and was organized by the “Dante” Adult Education Institution. Dr Irena Vodopija-Krstanović gave a lecture entitled “The role of culture in teaching English as an international language (EIL): Critical reflections and emerging trends”, while Dr Tihana Kraš, Siniša Smiljanić and Ana Bratulić presented our Tandem Language Programme in the talk “Language learning in tandem with Bilingualism Matters@Rijeka”. The conference was included in the inter-county professional development series for English language teachers organised by the Education and Teacher Training Agency.
On Tuesday, 2 June 2015, the first meeting of collaborators and stakeholders on the EU FP-7 “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)” project was held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. The meeting was attended by the members of the Croatian project team (Ana Bratulić, Dr Branka Drljača Margić, Dr Tihana Kraš and Siniša Smiljanić), representatives of Croatian project stakeholders, representatives of childcare, educational, health and cultural institutions, and representatives of several national minorities in Rijeka and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. The central part of the meeting was small group work, followed by a plenary discussion, with the aim of identifying challenges around multilingualism in our context as well as the measures that need to be taken, both individually and in collaboration, to respond to these challenges adequately.