Intensive Course of Serbian Language and Culture

Summer School Program

 

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The Serbonika Summer Course consists of two main parts:

1) Serbian Language Lessons

Language lessons are held Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. They include general Serbian language learning, grammar and vocabulary practice, didactic games, speaking practice, and debates.

The lessons are planned in coordination with the out-of-classroom activities, in order to prepare you so you can get the most of them. In the lessons we will talk about the real-life experiences you’re having and help you learn the most important vocabulary of the topic. In that way you will be prepared to follow the conversations or speech, and understand or interact better.

 

Monday to Friday schedule of classroom lessons:

 

          • 10-11:30 language lessons
          • 15 minutes coffee break
          • 11:45-13:15 language lessons

Fruška gora

Fruška gora is a mountain, a national park and a popular destination for field trips and hiking. Known for the magnificent forest, impressive vineyards and 17 monasteries built from 15-18th century. You’ll go on a tour with your teacher as a guide, with all the information needed.

SALAŠ

Salaš is an old-style farm popular in the region. Nowadays many have been transformed to restaurants, preserving the ambience that reminds of the past. You can see old houses and farming equipment there, and taste locally-produced food with traditional recepies.

KOLO

Kolo is a traditional group dance that continues to live among the people. If you go to any kind of Serbian celebration or festival, you will get a chance to show your footwork. You will learn the basic steps in our Summer course and get a chance to dance them in real life.

2) Out-of-Classroom Activities

The afternoon and weekend out-of-classroom activities will give you plenty of opportunities to listen to different native speakers and use the language in real-life situations, with assistance when needed.

You’ll get the chance to recognize the structures and words you’ve learned in class as you hear them in real conversations, and to use them in a different context yourself.

The out-of-classroom activities include walks, field trips, visits to restaurants, kolo dancing lessons, museum visits and tour guides, and above all speaking Serbian and listening to spoken Serbian in its natural context.

ROŠTILJ

Barbecuing is a very popular weekend activity in Serbia. You will try our home-baked hamburgers (pljeskavice) and kebabs (ćevapi), grilled in our backyard.

KAZAN

This equipment is used for brewing home-made fruit brandy. You will get a chance to see this beauty in action, taste it’s product and take a bottle with you when you leave.

KOTLIĆ

Along with barbecue, cauldron is another popular dish coocked outside. It can be a fish soup or a goulash. It takes a few friends and hours to make it.

General plan of the out-of-classroom activities

 

  • Arrival and accommodation

Recommended arrival day is Saturday or early Sunday. The welcoming party on Sunday is something you don’t want to miss. 🙂

  • The First Week
Sunday Welcoming party. Welcoming guests, socializing and feasting at the Jelić family house, chatting and getting to know each other in an informal setting, before the lessons start.
Monday
Dobro došli u Mitrovicu!  A welcoming tour around the town. An afternoon walk around the town, looking around and learning about the most important places.
Tuesday Music: Serbian music and dancing lessons
Wednesday Museum of Srem: Talk about the history of the region. Conversation with the historians at the museum and a walk around the town.
Thursday Music: Serbian music and dancing lessons
Friday Arts and crafts: Traditional arts and crafts demonstration. Meeting local artists and painters.
Saturday Excursion: Fruška Gora mountain, Sremski Karlovci, Petrovaradin
Sunday Walking around the town and relaxing. Optional pool or spa day. Kafana or salaš night: dancing and music in real life.

 

  • The Second Week
Monday The City Library: Conversation about literature. Creative workshop and language games.
Tuesday
Music: Serbian music and dancing lessons
Wednesday Ancient Sirmium: Roman City Tour. The Imperial Palace and other Roman relics. History lesson and discussion with the Museum of Srem staff.
Thursday Music: Serbian music and dancing lessons
Friday The Lazar Vozarević Gallery. Conversation about Serbian paintings and art. Creative workshop and language games.
Saturday Excursion: Forest, Art galleries at Šid, Monastery, Winery
Sunday Finishing party: Barbecuing or cauldron-cooking at the Jelić family house, live music with guitars by the fire, possibly also rakija-brewing day.

 

When planning your trip back, please note that the final party on Sunday is the culmination point of the course. We’ve became friends by then and the fun with fire and live music is guaranteed! You can plan to leave on Sunday, but staying one more night and leaving the trip for Monday is probably a better idea.

Please note that the plan and schedule are subject to change if need be.

Don’t forget!

 

When packing your suitcase, in addition to all your personal necessities, please consider our suggestions:

PASOŠ

You must have your passport (pasoš) with you. Please, also make sure to get latest information from your embassy in Serbia, or Serbian embassy in your country, regarding Covid travel requirements.

KUPAĆI

Pack your bathing suit (kupaći kostim)! You can enjoy sunbathing by the Sava river, or swimming in the indoor swimming pool at the city center, or bathing in a termal spa center in a village nearby.

DŽEMPER

The continental climate can have warm days and chilly nights. In any season, make sure to get both light and warm clothes, a jacket or a sweater (džemper). But even if you forget anything, you can shop here.

PATIKE

Bring your comfortable sneekers (patike)! Get ready for city walks and short mountain hikes, as well as backyard activities. If you also want to dress up for a night out, pack some nice outfit as well.

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Serbonika Summer School 2022

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