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06.09.2010

The third ,,Slovak Online,, workshop held in London, September 2010

Foreigners will learn Slovak online – easily and quickly

London, 6th September - Slovak Online easily and quickly (Online slovenčina ľahko a rýchlo) is the name of the international project learning Slovak language via the Internet. The third workshop of the five partner countries was held on 3rd to 5th September in London where participants dealt with development strategy of portal www.slovake.eu. The project is designed for foreigners interested in Slovak, especially foreign workers living in Slovakia, partners in mixed marriages, people living in border areas, immigrants or foreign students of Slovak and Slavic studies. Online course will be free of charge and it will teach potential students about Slovak language, Slovak culture while the language will be also thought through interesting games, tests and competitions. It will allow people to learn the language quickly, flexibly and from their own home. Site content will be translated into five languages - Slovak, English, Polish, German and Lithuanian with an open option of adding other languages.

The third workshop was organized by the Slovak Centre London. The first workshop was held in 2009 in Modra, Slovakia and continued with the second one in 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania. According the the plan the beta version will be launched in February next year, as a test form of the web page, and the completion of the online course is scheduled for November 2011. The project coordinator is Slovak nonprofit association Edukacia@Internet which already has extensive experience with educational portal www.lernu.net that similarly teaches a unique language Esperanto. Partners of Slovak Online website are Slovak Centre London, Ľudovít Štúr Institute of Linguistics – The Slovak Academy of Sciences, Studio GAUS from Germany, the University of Vilnius in Lithuania and the Academy of Computer Science, Management and Administration in Warsaw. The project is supported by the European Commission under Grundtvig lifelong learning program.

More information about Slovak Online can be found at www.slovake.eu.


28.04.2010

Announcement:

I. YEAR OF SUMMER COURSE FOR FOLK DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY, SLOVAK TERMINOLOGY AND SLOVAK STUDIES

This 10-day course will be realized with financial support of the Ministry of Education of the SR and with the Centre for Continuing Education, Comenius University as a guarantee. It will be held in premises of our school at Žižkova 10 in Bratislava from June 30, 2010 to July 9, 2010.

We´d be pleased to welcome you there,

Thank you.

Best regards

 
Ing.Tunegová
head of study departments
div.ÚJOP CĎV UK

Centrum Ďalšieho vzdelávania UK
Centre for Continuing Education CU
Žižkova 10
811 01 Bratislava
Slovakia

tel.: +421-2-54 410 368
fax.: +421-2-54 410 902
gsm.: +421-911 254 591
www.ujop.sk

 


15.03.2010

 

Slovak Online – easily and quickly

Web portal to learn the Slovak language

In April 2010 was held the second workshop where partners of the Slovak online project met in Vilnius (Lithuania). The first workshop was already held last December 2009 in Modra (Slovakia).

This is a project supported by the European Commission under the Grundtvig – Lifelong Learning Programme.

Teaching foreign languages through the internet is now common and frequent way of learning. Unfortunately, it has not been for the Slovak language – which still lacks adequate space in the field of internet and e-learning. Many people interested in this language either rely on summer courses (quite expensive and limited in time and place), or have to abandon their intention.

Moreover, at present use and the progress of information technologies make a language course much simpler and easier to execute – as in technical as well as content way. Creating an online course of the Slovak language for foreigners is therefore currently not only fully
feasible but also desirable.

For whom?

Groups interested in learning the Slovak language:

  • Foreigners living in Slovakia
  • Partners in mixed marriages
  • Residents in border areas
  • Slovaks living abroad
  • Slovak linguists and Slavists
  • Immigrants
  • Students
  • Tourists

For all these groups portal will enable to learn the language even at home – in their country, or people will be able to learn Slovak before coming to Slovakia. In this way, not only Slovakia and the Slovak language will be promoted (people will learn free of charge about the language as well as the Slovak culture), but the internet will also allow people to learn the language faster, freer (in their own spare time), while having fun (in the form of games, various tests and competitions)

Why?

The project Slovak Online is based on the international project “lernu!”:
www.lernu.net – web portal for learning Esperanto. The project operates six years (since 2004) and is now the largest website for learning Esperanto in the world. It is translated into 33 languages and has more than 150 volunteers helping with the portal (translators, teachers, proofreaders etc.).

Visitor statistics:
Total site visits: 8 203 7942 (since 2004-11-01); Visitors: 4 535 126

Experience in creating e-learning course (both from technical and content aspects) for Esperanto led us to the idea of extending the language learning area even by national languages. We would particularly drawn attention to the smaller languages of Europe, which have not a large presence in the field of teaching through the internet. As the base of E@ I is currently in Slovakia, Slovak language is a good candidate.

Slovak Online portal- www.slovake.eu:

The entire site will start in 5 languages (EN, EN, DE, PL, LT), with later addition of other languages.

Implementer: Education@Internet (E@I) – non profit organisation from Slovakia

Partners:
Ludovit Stur Institute of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Sciences – Slovakia
Studio GAUS – Germany
University of Vilnius – Lithuania
Academy of Computer Science, Management and Administration in Warsaw – Poland
Slovak Centre London – United Kingdom


Invitation to the Mayor's Thames Festival 2009

When: Sat 12 – Sun 13 September 2009, 12noon - 10pm
Where: Jubilee Gardens
More: www.thamesfestival.org

The New European Village highlights the rich cultures of countries relatively new to the European Union (Czech Republic, Baltic Council, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Slovakia and Turkey).

This year the stage will showcase a mixture of traditional and contemporary performers whose music reflects, in some way, the musical style and tradition of their native country while maintaining a contemporary and progressive approach to writing and performing - future folk, Baltic beats and traditional gypsy sounds.

The individual marquees will present traditional handmade crafts, salt sculptures from the famous UNESCO listed Wiceliczka Salt Mine, straw dollmaking and more.

Slovak Centre in London is very proud to present Jozefina Kovalcikova who will be presenting the Slovak traditional craft ''The painting on glass''. It was widely used for sacral paintings since middle Ages. The most famous was the art of icons in the Byzantine Empire. Later the painting on glass spread to Italy where in Venice it influenced its Renaissance art. Since the mid of 18th century painting on glass became favored by the Church and the nobility throughout Central Europe. Throughout 19th century painting on glass was widely popular as folk art in Slovakia, Bavaria, Moravia, Bohemia and Austria.


The Line up for the weekend

Saturday

Future folk-infused, avant-pop, Baltic beats and traditional gypsy sounds

MC Jamie Renton

  • 12.00 Majeranki Children's folk group called from the Malopolska Region in Poland
  • 1.00 Marzebionci 30 voice children's choir from Pomorskie in Poland
  • 1.50 London Latvian Dance Group Folk dance with ten performers
  • 2.40 Zagorche Ensemble Traditional Bulgarian songs, music and dance from this innovative and exciting 'academy' of young performers from the city of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • 3.50 Perunika Trio A capella folk roots singing from southern Bulgaria
  • 4.50 Cemre Turkish music from the multi-Instrumentalist Iskender Ozan Toprak and his band
  • 5.50 Fru Fru Blend of polyrhythmic structures with electronica from Moravia in Czech Republic
  • 6.50 Ada Milea & Band Extraordinary young Romanian vocalist performing with Chiriac & Radu Banzaru
  • 7.50 Village Kollektiv Polish folk/ fusion using taditional melodies and singing techniques like throat singing and the yoik
  • 9.00 The Destroyers Riotous and uplifting 15-piece big band playing turbo-folk melanges of Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer


Sunday

MC Jamie Renton

  • 12:00 Majeranki Children's folk group called from the Malopolska Region in Poland
  • 1.00 Fru Fru Blend of polyrhythmic structures with electronica from Moravia in Czech Republic
  • 2.00 Zagorche Ensemble Traditional Bulgarian songs, music and dance from this innovative and exciting 'academy' of young performers from the city of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • 2.50 Marzebionci 30 voice children's choir from Pomorskie in Poland
  • 3.50 Dudalnieki A Latvian folk band based in west Yorkshire
  • 4.50 Cemre Turkish music from the multi-Instrumentalist Iskender Ozan Toprak and his band
  • 5.50 Perunika Trio A capella folk roots singing from southern Bulgaria
  • 7.10 Alina Orlova A 20-year old Lithuanian singer with "an incredible high, thrilling voice and a unique line in exhilaratingly dark, Baltic folk pop" (Time Out)
  • 8.20 Ada Milea & band Extraordinary young Romanian vocalist performing with Chiriac & Radu Banzaru
  • 9.20 Village Kollektiv Polish folk/fusion using traditional melodies and singing techniques like throat singing and the yoik
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