In line with our students’ suggestions and aspirations and with the aim of maximising their opportunities to improve and make use of their developing knowledge of Croatian, the Croatian Language School has introduced into its portfolio the ‘Croatian Language and Culture’ programme.
A five-day pilot project was organised which took place at the end of May 2012 with the goal of enabling our students get to know the cities of Split, Mostar and Sarajevo and to become familiar with their history and culture.The project was a great success and an encouragement to continue with such projects.
During the week-long CLS ‘Language and Culture’ programme, students have twelve hours of lessons in language tuition, organised in four three-hour long sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The classes are conducted at two different levels:
and will take place at the school’s home, where certain social events will also be held and where there is a swimming pool, which will be at the disposal of all those participating in the programme.
Sunday and Wednesday are set aside for whole day excursions: On Sunday the plan is to visit Šibenik and the Krka National Park and on Wednesday a day-long cruise around the archipelago of the Kornati Islands is being arranged. On Monday and Tuesday half-day excursions to Zadar Town and a rural estate in the hinterland of Zadar dovetail with lessons. On Thursday evening an evening trip to the historic city of Nin is planned which will include a museum visit plus sufficient time for participants to dine in the town. Friday evening will be an opportunity to relax at the farewell party, which we are currently planning to hold in the gardens of the school’s home for the week.
During the special programme of excursions, students have the chance to practise their Croatian amongst themselves, with native speakers, excursion organisers and tour guides. In their free time, students are be able to try out their language skills in and around town, in shops, restaurants etc.
We think that the ‘Croatian Language and Culture’ study programme represents a valuable contribution to the CLS ongoing mission, both here in London and globally, to provide a high standard of Croatian language study and the opportunity to gain knowledge about Croatia and its culture.