Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Forecast 2010


FORECAST Exchange Program

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 4PM

The FORECAST Exchange Program is open to all academic fields of study. Finalists are selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, knowledge of English, and their preparedness for study in the United States. FORECAST Exchange has provided scholarships for one academic year of undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States.


More info: official presentation or Facebook page

Monday, November 9, 2009

American writer Chris Crutcher in AC Belgrade

On Thursday, November 12th at 5PM,
American Corner Belgrade will host a literary evening with renowned American award winning author of teen novels,
Mr. Chris Crutcher.

Please join us for this event.

Number od seats is limited so we kindly ask you to reserve your seat via phone (3227-694) or e-mail (amc@bgb.rs).

You don't want to miss this :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pop Culture Universe is now available at this library!

An electronic resource of American and world popular culture, past and present, searchable by decades:

• Clothing and Fashions
• Food and Drink
• Sports and Leisure
• TV and Movies
• Music and Literature
• and far more


Content: Includes more than 300 volumes of reviewed, published material comprising thousands of articles, fully indexed by a team of librarians and subject specialists.

Decades Pages: one-stop, informative, "at a glance" overviews of pop culture from the 1920s to the present, including the movies, TV shows, awards, stars, fads, buzzwords, fashions, and news items that defined each decade.

Classroom Resources: lesson plans and professional reading to help teachers use pop culture in the classroom, along with audiovisual how-to guides and "help wizards" that will sharpen students’ research and writing skills.

PCU Blog: the opinions and insights of pop culture authors, editors, and students on the hot topics of the day.

Images: hundreds of photos illustrating all aspects of pop culture.

There are multiple ways to get information:
• Browse for an article of interest by selecting a subject in the left column and continue selecting categories of interest
• Do a Quick Search at the top of the page (keyword search)
• Search from the categories at the top right of the page (Decades Index Browse Title List)

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Video Contest

Join Exchanges Connect and become part of a growing global community of people interested in cross-cultural dialogue and international exchange!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Promotion of book "Teen Spaces: The-Step-By-Step Library Makeover" by Kimberly Bolan Taney

At this moment, none of the libraries in Serbia has a special youth department within its structure. By translating and promoting this book, the goal is to get public's and libraries' attention in order to make effort for young readers' needs and interests.

You can also check out part of this book at Google Books.

The Book "Teen Spaces: The-Step-By-Step Library Makeover" was published by Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade and translated by Ksenija Vulović. Publishing Serbian translation of this book was supported by Book Translation Program by U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

PhD Žarko Trebješanin
Mirko Marković
PhD Aleksandra Vraneš
PhD Ljiljana Marković

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Democracy is...

People around the world were asked to create short videos completing the phrase, "Democracy is..." Over 900 contestants from 95 countries answered the call! Now it's your turn to choose the winners.

You have until June 15 to cast your votes. Six video producers - one from each region of the world - will win an all-expense-paid trip in September to New York, Washington and Hollywood. Their future is in your hands.

Go to the Democracy Video Challenge YouTube site at www.youtube.com/democracychallenge, click the voting tab and view the 18 finalists. Give a thumbs up to the videos you think best capture the meaning of democracy.

The Finalists from Europe


* Democracy is when all of God's children sing together (Germany)
* democracy is... animation by lucas szozda (Poland)
* democracy is to choose (Serbia)


1. Ke Ke – shown at the Pangea Day festival in USA
2. Seven Brothers – shown at the First International Youth Media Summit in Los Angeles, and at the Third International Youth Media Summit in Belgrade
3. Samsara – selected as the finalist in The One Minutes Junior festival in Amsterdam
4. Mona Lisa – shown at the Tampere film festival in Finland
5. Coming Of Age Rituals – shown at the Pangea Day festival in USA
6. Hedonism – shown at the Cinemacafe Youth Film festival in Szegedin
7. The Ring Of Nibelung – shown at the Cinemacafe Youth Film festival in Szegedin
8. Democracy Is To Choose – participated in the world competition Democracy Is
9. The opening animation of the Swedish film Death In A Lawless Town

Other sources:


Monday, May 25, 2009

"A Belgrade Patchwork" Photo Exhibition

On Wednesday, May 27th at 6PM American Corner will have an opportunity to present photo exhibition by one of it's most active volunteers - Patricia Andjelkovic.

Knowing Pat Andjelkovic has lived and worked in Belgrade for over 32 years, she's more than competent to present Serbia's capital through photography. There will be over twenty photographs of Belgrade, presenting it in a unique way.

Patricia Andjelkovic is also a teacher, a writer, and the author of three children’s books published both in Serbian and in English by Kreativni Centar. She also writes articles and does photographs for the Hyatt Regency ‘s quarterly magazine, Inspire. If you wish to see some of Patricia's photos, check out her photo blog, ‘A Yankee-in-Belgrade:

American Corner Belgrade would be more than glad to welcome all interested visitors at Makedonska street 22/I.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

.::. Workshop for English Language Teachers and Students .::. Aligning Assessment with the New Curriculum .::.

This 4-hour workshop will consist of three sessions.

Session 1: What do we test and why?
This session examines assessment and the purposes for which it is used in the language classroom. The focus will be on how assessment can be used to document and support student learning within an established school curriculum.

Session 2: How can we test student learning?
This session addresses the different types of assessment used to assess specific aspects of language. The role of continuous assessment will be explored as well as the use of rubrics to describe and measure language performances.

Session 3: How can continuous assessment be incorporated into the classroom?
Drawing on their own experiences, teachers will discuss how they plan to implement new ideas about assessment into their classrooms. Teacher groups will be formed to support teacher efforts in designing and piloting new assessments.

Moderator of this workshop will be Ms. Anne Katz - English Language Specialist. She has worked for over twenty years as a teacher educator and has taught graduate level courses in curriculum and assessment. She has also worked on educational projects in Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Serbia, Tanzania, and Ukraine. In her work, she promotes linkages between research and classrooms to support student learning and teacher development.

There are two dates for the same session, so decide on time which one are you attending and register at American Corner Belgrade!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009, 15:00-19:00, and
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009, 10:00-14:00

Attendance is free for all interested English language teachers, but you need to register with the AC staff beforehand at amc@bgb.rs or 011/322-76-94.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

:: Business Communication and Skills :: New Program at AC

No matter whether you are a business professional or a student, Business Communication and Skills workshop will help you acquire the language tools which are indispensible for improving international performance where skills such as presentation, negotiating or listening as well as multicultural effectiveness are synonymous with professionalism, team spirit and success.

The first workshop, taking place on February 27 at 5PM, will be devoted to the introduction to business skills and discussion on what skills are necessary for operating in ever more globalised business environment. It will, then, be followed by the covering of one of the most important skills- a delivery of presentation, which will be presented through task-based activities aimed at improving vocabulary and grammar structures of this area, through group work and through active involvement of participants culminating in their actual mini-presentations! Worksheets will be provided in class!

Coordinator: Marija Ivanovic

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lecture "Race, Multiculturalism and Education" as part of Black History Month program

February is known as "Black History Month" and the lecture "Race, Multiculturalism and Education" is just a part of AC's program on this topic. It will be given on Friday, February 20th at 5pm at American Corner Belgrade.

Our speaker, Dr. Michael Frazier earned African American Experience Expert title, because he has taught, lectured and published on the topic of “Diversity and Multiculturalism in America for over 10 years in higher education institutions, federal agencies, military organizations and before international audiences in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Latvia, Japan and China.

Check out AC's February calendar for other programs on "Black History Month" topic!

Presentation of Project ''Art Crafts in Function of Developing Local Communities - North Carolina (USA)’’

On Tuesday, February 10th at 7pm, AC Belgrade will host a lecture, presentation of project "Art Crafts in Function of Developing Local Communities - North Carolina (USA) by Saša Srećković, senior custos of Etnographic museum in Belgrade. Lecture will be given in Serbian language.

In purpose of reaching sustainable social and economic development, there are different social issues to be joint in mountain region of North Carolina, where local brand is created in field of art and cultural action. The program is created and managed by organization ”Handmade in America”. Presentation will be followed by video material.

Saša Srećković is senior custos of Etnographic museum in Belgrade, long-range manager of different public programs. He is also involved with cultural management in theory, as well as in practice. He supports wide application of etnology and cultural inheritage in programs of social and economic development (i.e. cultural tourism). He also works on documentaries and films.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Presentation of AC's Programs for Children

American Corner Belgrade had great opportunity to present its program for children at ELF conference (English Language Fellow). It was held from January 22-24 at Pecs, Hungary with more than 20 participants from the region.
Jaime Weiler (ELF and professor at University of Belgrade) and Ana Torma (American Corner librarian) presented "Fun Time for Kids", very successful program for children which was created and carried out from August, 2008. It started with only 2 and now more than 25 kids show up each Monday, when the program is held.

The idea of it is learning new vocabulary, customs etc. through reading stories, participating in conversation, crafting and other activities. Beside learning English language, significant moment is having the program in library, making children accustomed to that kind of environment. That would, hopefully, later lead to using library's resources and other services, i.e. as part of their education. It is the reason why presentation of the program is useful to both English language teachers and librarians.
For dates of "Fun Time for Kids" and American Corner Belgrade schedule, in general, check out web site: http://www.americancorners-sam.net/.