Our first intensive weekend course in Stuttgart took place on the 18th and 19th October.
It was intended for complete beginners and we organised it as an introduction to the language which would, hopefully, motivate students to want to learn more.
On Saturday, the five of us (four participants and myself) met at 9:00 in Café Merlin, a centrally located cultural centre, where we had organised a classroom for the weekend. After coffee and brief introductions, it was work time!
On the first day of the course the students learned to:
By the time we finished at 14:00 we'd been learning for 5 full hours and were all ready for a break ... still, the students remained impressively enthusiastic about learning more!
We all met up at the same time on Sunday, but were greeted by an unpleasant surprise: the door to the classroom was locked and no-one was there to let us in!
Later it turned out to have been a huge misunderstanding (we were supposed to hold on to keys from Saturday), but at that morning, we were confused ... and somewhat stranded.
Luckily, all of the students turned out to be flexible, easy-going and creative so soon we came up with a solution – Eckart (and his wife) invited us all home to learn at their kitchen table! Manfred brought along some traditional Schwäbisch pretzels for everyone ...
... so less than half an hour after the initial shock, we were having coffee and breakfast, while naming everything we could see on the table and in Eckart’s lounge in Croatian. Soon we moved on to more challenging things, like:
It could have been a very unpleasant experience, but thanks to our lovely Stuttgart students, I had a great weekend and really enjoyed teaching the course.
We hope to run a similar one soon – but this time we’ll try to stick to a classroom for the whole weekend ;-)
We hope to organise a further beginner's weekend sometime around the beginning of 2015. If you're interested in taking part, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in, or near to Stuttgart, and are interested in teaching Croatian on weekends and/or evenings, please take a look at our jobs page and then get in touch!