In addition to the usage of the library our members have the opportunity to attend numerous programs, lectures, and workshops, use the Internet and get involved in creation of programs in cooperation with the AC staff.
These are some of the regular programs you can attend as a member of ACNS.
One of the most attractive and popular programs at American Corner is Conversation Club.
By engaging volunteers who are usually Americans our members have the opportunity to converse with them in the English language.
This type of group work is nonformal. Conversation club members are not obliged to come regularly and the course doesn’t require a specific level of language knowledge.
The moderator of the conversation club announces every month a theme of the classes which are based on and can be changed according to the interests of the group.
Business English Workshop
This program started in 2007 on the initiative of one member. Unlike the conversation club this program is formal structure and requires regular attendance.
BEW is a special program developed for students who want to improve their English in the world of business. The aim of this program is to provide the knowledge and skills to young people by professionalizing their level of English through various exercises, role play, discussions, case studies, and other interactive methods, ultimately giving them the tools necessary to find a job more easily.
The program applies the handbook „The Market Leader“ and is organized in two levels.
Youth Club started as an initiative of young people who wanted to come to conversation classes and talk about things they find interesting .
By joining Youth Club participants can improve their conversation skills, meet local Americans and other people in order to learn from one another.
This club is an activity based on the need to gather and share experiences for people who currently live in Novi Sad, but who studied or are currently studding in the U.S. This type of activity does not take place as freqently as the conversation club, but is organized once or twice a year depending on the initiative of alumnae or the American Embassy in Belgrade.
Workshops, as a form of interactive learning are a method that is becoming increasingly popular in our country. In America workshops have became a very common method used by experts and university professors. American Corner tries to organize workshops on different topics and so far we have organized workshops on topics such as company management, working with youth, volunteering, origami, etc.
Lectures are very popular with visitors and members of the American corner. Lectures can be organized on specific occasions such as the lecture on the preservation of environment for Earth Day, or they can be initiated by the Embassy, NGOs, or public Institutions. Once a month on average, the American Embassy sends university professors or professionals in different fields of science or American culture. Some of the lectures are organized in accordance with the interests of our patrons. Most lectures are conducted in English.
Some of the lectures held: Classical gangster movies, American artist’s experiences in Serbia American culture and poetry, Preventing violence against woman, Information access Information Literacy, Modern Dance and Choreography, Mind Maps, Assertiveness and Communication, How to write a CV?, The Supreme Court and American Federalism in the Context of the US Elections, Studying in US, Jazz @ Movies, Freedom of Speech.
What can children use at the American Corner?
* Children’s Books
* Christmas Party
* Valentine’s Day workshop
* Drama workshop
* Halloween Costume Party
Kid’s Corner officially started in October 2007th when it was initiated by one volunteer who has worked with children in America for over 30 years.Since then on every Friday from 5 to 6 pm is a reserved time for children. Kid’s Corner’s aim is to help children learn English , and learn about American culture and customs, trough a variety of creative activities. Depending on the month, activities can focus on the celebration of certain holidays. Language learning is done through creative activities such as making costumes (Halloween), performing plays (Christmas show) or and painting eggs for Easter. Children who wish to attend Kid’ Corner must be members of the Corner. At the moment, our youngest member is six years old.
Once a year we organize drama workshops for older kids ages 12 to 16. This is an opportunity for kids and young people to practice their English language trough writing a play. Plays such as “The Hubyahs”, “The Little Prince”, “The Girl with Matches”, “The Wedding Form a Fairytale” were performed in English at the American Corner and for teachers at the University. We have organized several final celebrations for English language schools.
Book club is a program led by a professor of American Literature Aleksandra Izgarjan with the help of her English Language students. Once a month Professor Izgarjan selects a book or a story that is analyzed within the Book Club Evenings.
So far, selected books/stories were:
“The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan
“Children of the Sea” by Edwidge Daticat
“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisnero
“All Gods Children Need Traveling Shoes” by Maya Angelou.
“Pelican” by Edith Warthon
“What Moves at the Margin” by Toni Morrison
“Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri
“My Friend Lodovico” by David Masello
“Black Elk Speaks“ by John G. Neihardt
“Cloud Chamber“ by Michael Dorris
“The Smallest Man in the World” by Bonnie Jo Campbell.
The aim of this kind of group work is to exchange experiences, knowledge and ideas created trough reading books. The selected book is always announced at the beginning of each month. Although founded on the initiative of students, all members of the ACNS who are interested in sharing impressions about a particular book they read can join the Book Club.
From time to time,ACNS hosts art exhibitions. Specifically, we organize exhibitions that are in some way connected to America, American culture and American people. During the past few years we have developed new tradition of competition for amateur photographers who have been traveling to the USA. Competition and exhibition are held on every ACNS Anniversary. One more photo competition was held to mark Jazz Appreciation Month.
American Corner organizes up to 5 exhibitions a year.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the ACNS please contact us via email or phone.
ACNS offers services of exhibiting artists as a small gallery. Particularly we organize exhibitions that are in some way connected to America, American culture and American people. During the past few years we have developed new tradition of competition for amateur photographers who have been traveling to the USA. This competition and exhibition is held on every ACNS Anniversary. One more photo competition was held in order to mark Jazz Appreciation Month.
So far we have organized presentations on many different subjects.
Some of them were:
* TOEFL test Presentation
* Work and Travel Agencies Presentation
* Forecast Exchange
* Au Pair
* Interactive White Board for English Language Teachers
Once a week, we organize movie hours where our members can watch films and documentaries from our rich collection. We also have other film showings related to important dates or events.
Often we organize projections thematically:
* By director (Jim Jarmush)
* Actor (Audrey Hepburn)
* Series (Batman)
* Marking important Date (“Hours” for March 8)
* Marking the Month for Appreciation (Jazz collection for JAM)
Marking Important Dates
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) In order celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), American Corner Novi Sad organizes rich and diverse program dedicated to jazz.
The program for JAM usually includes:
* Lectures by various jazz experts
* Music Listening Evenings
* Concerts, movie and documentary screenings
* Workshops for children
* Live concerts
The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April.
Many people do not fully appreciate the joys, power, and glories of jazz. JAM is an effort by those who are passionate about jazz to share it with those who are not as familiar with it. JAM will encourage people to take jazz more seriously as a vital part of America’s cultural patrimony and as a great gift to the world, as well as to have fun with it.
In 2009 ACNS became a part of the JAM network at Smithsonian Jazz
Other important dates we celebrate are:
Black History Month
Women History Month
American Indian Heritage Month
New Year’s Eve
World AIDS Day
ACNS holds literary evenings about once or twice a month. The purpose of these events is usually book promotion of one author or a group of authors. As a part of Cultural Center of Novi Sad, American Corner hosts writers, poets, critics and other authors form Serbia organized by the Redaction of the Talk program.
So far we have hosted famous American and Serbian authors such as Erica Jong, Cris Crutcher, Teofil Pancic, Zoran Ciric, Vladimir Pistalo, Slobodan Tisma, and many more.
Seminars and trainings
American Corner Novi Sad hosted seminars and trainings organized by local, national and international Organizations. Furthermore, as an educational center AC organizes trainings and seminars usually targeting English language teachers and students.
So far we have developed cooperation with and hosted seminars for:
ELTA – English Language Teachers Association
World Learning Centre
Group “Let’s”, Belgrade
Volunteer Center of Vojvodina, Novi Sad
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By fallowing this link you can chat with experts, politicians, professors and directors on various topics and keep in touch with current issues concerning America and the world.
Each month ACNS staff creates special kind of posters giving information about the month’s topic.
AC staff’s idea to put papershows on the walls in special removable plastic frames proved very practicable. Our members can now read them easily and multiple papershows can be presented at the same time.
Papershows usually present:
* American authors’ (poets & writers) biographies and reviews of their works
* Famous Americans (artists, actors, musicians, scientists, etc.)
* American holidays and other significant dates or events
* Book recommendations and reviews