The Serbian Language Laboratory

Every classroom should be a pleasant place for stay and learning. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to carefully arrange every corner in the classroom, so that it becomes functional, because even the most beautiful detail without practical value does not have any significance and can be compared to a class in which students had a nice time, but in which they did not learn anything.

Besides this, it is desirable that the arrangement of the classroom be the result of common work, dedication and interest of students and teachers. Patience is also necessary, because one cannot do everything in a school year. Ideas appear spontaneously over time and are realized slowly, because everything which is done quickly is very often superficial and bad.

So far we have often seen in practice interesting and completely originally arranged classrooms of the colleagues who teach in lower classes. Some of them (Dragan Kuveljic, Zeljana Radojicic Lukic) influenced even me, as a young worker, by motivating and encouraging me. I feel sorry for the lack of such examples in higher classes or perhaps I did not know about them. I would not wish anyone the classroom which I entered. I “inherited” only the portrait of Vuk Karadzic and the damaged poster of Desanka Maksimovic and several yellowed large papers on which the classification of sentences according to their structure and the classification of sounds were written. All of this was pretty well disappointing for a beginner, because everyone who finishes faculty comes with an idealized image of teaching profession. I remember even five chairs without their backs, broken doors… A beginner’s enthusiasm, spite and a large number of creative students and fellow workers have influenced me to start to think, and then arrange my laboratory too. Every year something is added or changed and this has been happening for almost ten years.

Today, the laboratory has the four most important corners: the literary corner, orthography corner, grammar corner and the corner for the history of the language. There are also a speaker’s stand, small puppet theatre and our “TV” where we show news, reports, read news and even do interviews with literary characters. All these teaching tools have been devised in order to enhance linguistic culture and general public performance. In this way each syllabus field is covered and the conditions make it possible for all of us to feel comfortable and enjoy when we do something.

One thing is certain: this is how the laboratory currently looks and how it will look in the future depends only on the number and realizability of some new common ideas.

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