Learn Lithuanian at the Balzekas Museum Sign up for Lithuanian Language Classes Today!
There are about 2.9 million native Lithuanian speakers in Lithuania and about 200,000 abroad. Lithuanian is a Baltic language, related to Indo-European languages, and it is the most conservative living Indo-European language, having undergone minimal change. The only other language that it bears similarity to is Latvian, which is the language of Latvia, a Baltic neighbor of Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.
About the Teacher:
Silvija Radvila by profession is an English high school teacher. She has also taught Spanish since her degree is in both English and Spanish. Her latest teaching contract was with Mother McAuley High School in Chicago where she taught close to 15 years.
Mrs. Radvila is Lithuanian by birth, born of Lithuanian parents. She is fluent in the language and skilled in the grammar as well. While her own children attended Maironis Lithuanian School in Lemont, she taught a variety of levels for 11 years at the school. Four years ago she started teaching non-Lithuanian speaking adults at Maironis and last summer she participated in the week-long intensive Lithuanian language instruction camp at Dainava in Manchester, Michigan.
At present, Mrs. Radvila is very excited about the prospect of teaching Lithuanian at Balzekas Museum.
Classes will start on October 7th and will continue till November 11th.
Classes will be held on Saturdays at 9:30 am to 12:30pm. The cost is $130 for a 6-week course.SIGN UP HERE
Textbooks will be provided. Students are asked to bring a notebook and a pen and pencil.
For further details regarding enrollment please contact the Balzekas Museum at 773-582-6500 or contact us here >>>
About the Class
The Communicative method of learning Lithuanian
Undoubtedly learning another language is a challenge but it is very gratifying as well. As the term ‘communicative’ implies, this method places an emphasis on speech. The goal of the average student is to be able to communicate in the new language and be able to do so in a short time. Here are some ways of achieving this goal:
- To listen and repeat, to listen and repeat–greetings and common daily expressions, vocabulary, questions and answers, sentences;
- To reinforce these skills with the teacher and the rest of the students;
- To cover the applicable grammar when it comes up in context;
- To address writing and reading needs as desired by students;
- To build vocabulary that meets everyone’s needs;
- To practice reading passages and listening to dialogues in Lithuanian CD’s, and role playing and dialoguing with each other;
- To practice questions and answers with each other and with the teacher;
- To devote some time to Lithuanian culture, customs, history, and to learn a couple of Lithuanian songs – as students will desire;
A board, a CD player and various visuals will assist in all of the above.
There will also be events or exhibitions sponsored by Balzekas Museum that students might wish to view.