Školica is a language school dedicated to the Croatian language.
We’re a team of 14 teachers (and 2 managers), passionate about teaching Croatian, and for 13 years that’s what we’ve been doing!
During that time we’ve taught over "2500+ (lifetime)" and "300+ students (current), from all over the world, at all levels, from absolute beginner to near fluency.
Meet the Školica team
She earned a MA in Philosophy and Croatian Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb and is currently enrolled in postgraduate studies in the field of Drama Pedagogy.
Her passion is theatre and she believes that drama can open up new ways of communicating one’s views. Consequently she's forever keen to find new ways of apply drama methodology when teaching Croatian as a second language.
Her hidden talent is playing the piano, having attended music school for several years. She likes to watch movies, theatre shows and good series.
Anđela has an MA in Croatian language and literature and Hungarian language and literature from the University of Osijek. She speaks four languages (Croatian, English, Hungarian and some German) and in the past has worked as a Croatian, Hungarian and English teacher.
She loves to work with foreigners because it gives her the chance to meet different and interesting people. Taking an individual approach to every student suits her personality and she likes to adjust her approach to each student's needs.
Anđela likes to travel, learn languages and meet new people, she's a big movie fan and loves to watch all sorts of movies.
She has an MA in German language and literature (translation studies) and Croatian language and literature (educational studies), and has also completed the Pedagogical, Psychological, Didactic and Teaching Methodology Training Programme.
For Katarina life just happens, and this applies too to her becoming a teacher: after discovering a passion for teaching she has been doing so ever since. She loves teaching Croatian because she finds it interesting to see how foreigners learn Croatian.
In her free time she learns languages, takes long walks and watches comedies and series.
She has an MA in German and Polish language and literature. She speaks fluent German, English and Polish and sees herself working with languages forever!
Among her diverse interests: she has been signed up as a volunteer fire fighter since she was a little girl, she after passing several exams is officially a first-class firewoman. She has danced in folklore groups, sung in a choir and been active with many local activities.
When she isn’t fighting fires, dancing, singing, organising, or teaching she likes being with friends and engaging in the Croatian national pastime: drinking coffee on a terrace.
Laura is currently studying Croatian and German at the University of Zagreb. She loves to share her knowledge and help people achieve different learning goals. She volunteers in an autism association called Pogled and leads different workshops with autistic children. She used to work in a kindergarten in Čakovec. She loves to read, watch films and meet with friends. In her free time she trains Thai boxing.
Petra is currently studying Croatian and German at the University of Zagreb. She loves teaching Croatian and talking to different people. She was inspired by her Croatian primary school teacher, who was a great role model for her and sparked her interest in languages and teaching.
Petra loves German because it is systematic and logical, she also attended a ballet studio for 14 years and likes listening to pop, rock and Latino music.
Mateja has a Master's degree in Croatian Language and Literature (Education) from the University of Rijeka. She wanted to study the Croatian language since seventh grade because she loved literature, and her Croatian primary school teacher gave her great mentoring. She is a bookworm and a big film fan. In addition to her work at Školica, she gives baccalaureate preparation courses as part of the official baccalaureate preparation programme of the city of Slavonski Brod. As part of the organisation of a programme in memory of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić (a famous Croatian writer), she has led theatre activities and performed plays with children. Interestingly, she considers herself an introvert - but all her friends, family members and colleagues disagree, as she likes to tell funny stories and makes everyone laugh.
She holds an MA in Hungarian (translation studies) and Croatian language and literature (educational studies) from the University of Osijek and has also completed the Pedagogical, Psychological, Didactic and Teaching Methodology Training Programme.
Andrea wanted to be a teacher since first grade, and even played teacher with her stuffed toys. A love of how the Croatian language works inspired her to teach Croatian.
She loves to read and take care of her plants, which is particularly challenging living in a loft apartment. Her hidden talent is the ability to eat more than 2 kilos of strawberries a day.
Josipa studies Croatian language and literature and German language and literature at the University of Zagreb. Josipa has experience in teaching adults and children. She loves Croatian language, literature and grammar. Her elementary and high school teachers were her role models and motivation to pursue a career in teaching. She loves to read and write down quotes from poems and books. Besides that she loves sports, gym training and running.
Valentina studies Croatian language and literature and English language and literature at the University of Osijek. Her motivation for this particular career comes from her love and talent for languages. Currently she is also learning Polish. She worked as a tourist animator for kids and right now she is politically active within the Đakovo Youth Council. The Council is responsible for different aspects of politics for young people, high school and faculty students. They organise different events for young people in Đakovo, help them get scholarships, professional training and similar.
Marta studies Croatian language and literature and pedagogy at the University of Zagreb. She has experience in teaching individual lessons of Croatian to foreigners within the University of Zagreb. She also has experience as an editor. She developed love towards Croatian language because of her elementary teacher and that is why from a young age she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She loves to sing, read and to draw. She plays the guitar and dances standard dances. Her hidden talent that she discovered during quarantine is baking. She loves to cook, bake and to create her own receipts.
Ivan has a Master's degree in Croatian Language and Literature and English Language and Literature (Education) from the University of Split. He is also a licensed tour guide for the city of Split and has a German C1 diploma from the Goethe Institute. He loves music, drawing comics, the sea and swimming. He considers himself a "grammar fanatic" and likes to teach, among other things, because he wants to teach people how to speak correctly while not forgetting the written language. He also believes that films, series and cartoons are a great way to learn new languages. An interesting fact about him is that he does not like burek (a meat pie with leaves which is very famous in Bosnia).
Sara has a Master's degree in Croatian Language and Literature and German Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb. During her education she worked in various language schools, and before returning to Školica she taught German at a high school in Čakovec. Since she was young, she knew she wanted to study languages. Her interest in the German language was sparked by her relatives who lived in Germany and with whom she wanted to build a relationship. During her education, she continued to learn languages, graduated with a degree in German, and is currently learning Spanish and French. She enjoys traveling, reading books, riding motorcycles and quads (she even has a quad at home!), dancing, working out with Zumba and loves to party with her friends :)
What does the name “Školica” mean?
Školica means “little school” in Croatian. The name was chosen back in 2009 when the “school” was still just one person. Although we’ve grown since then, the name continues to capture the closeness and personal nature of our team and school.
How do we teach?
All of our teachers have studied languages (or education) at university level and are fluent in English and/or German. Most of our teachers work full-time for Školica, while several work part-time while completing their university studies.
We create our own teaching materials and try to make the learning experience as interactive as possible with lots of exercises, dialogues and examples. Our emphasis is on communication and on how to speak Croatian in different situations.
Students learn quicker by hearing as much Croatian as possible. Whether you have prior knowledge or not you’ll hear/speak Croatian in your lessons from the start. You'll be amazed how much you can communicate after just a few lessons!
We are constantly developing and evolving our methods and approach. We respond to the needs of our students, adjust our program to their goals and are grateful for their suggestions and ideas. All of our methods & materials follow the CEFR.
The history of Školica
Školica founded with group/individual lessons
First website launched at skolica.de
Move to dedicated premises in Munich
First teacher hired
First language holiday in Crikvenica
Started individual lessons online
Website relaunch/rebrand as learncroatian.eu
Move base of operations to Zagreb
Became a purely “online” language school
Third website launched (this one!)
Started online group semester courses
Introduced Croatian for kids online
in our team