On hand to discuss the Croatian at Heart textbook, fully harmonised with the Croatian instruction abroad curriculum, were two natives of Blato—the author Dijana Ančić and the edition editor Emica Calogjera Rogić, joined by reviewer Igor Marko Gligorić.
On the 16th of October the Croatian Heritage Foundation hosted the first presentation in Zagreb of a new textbook by Dijana Ančić for Croatian language instruction abroad for elementary school grades 1 through 4. The book is published by Školska knjiga. On hand to discuss the Croatian at Heart textbook, fully harmonised with the Croatian instruction abroad curriculum, were two natives of Blato—the author Dijana Ančić and the edition editor Emica Calogjera Rogić MA, joined by reviewer Igor Marko Gligorić PhD. Everyone at the event was warmly welcomed by deputy CHF director Ivan Tepeš, with the head of our education, science and sports department Lada Kanajet Šimić serving as event moderator.
Dijana Ančić is a teacher and counsellor at Blato Elementary School and the long-standing director of the dramatic arts troupe with Blato’s own HGSU Petar Milat. She has also authored the Eureka quiz and Eureka knowledge tests for the 1st grade of elementary school, and is one of the authors of an integrated handbook for home form classes, the Pčelica primer. The book promoter Emica Calogjera Rogić has worked at publisher Školska knjiza since 2008 as the editor for Croatian language and foreign editions. She worked previously as a Croatian language teacher at the Bartol Kašić Croatian language school in Lyon and Dijon and as a Croatian language and literature lecturer at the Sorbonne in Paris. The textbook’s reviewer Igor Marko Gligorić is a post-doctoral student at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek. His field of study is the Croatian Standard Language, Croatian as a native or second language, dialectology, cognitive linguistics and applied linguistics.
Ms Ančić has worked to create a coherent and methodologically consistent textbook that brings together linguistic, communication and literary content with content related to Croatia’s history, culture and its natural wealth. The textbook has seven topical sections: That’s Me; Learning—Work—Free Time; People in Space and Time; Time—Change—Continuity; Culture and Society; Modern Society; and One World for All. She has also created a workbook with the publisher to accompany the textbook. It uses a series of exercises and tasks to encourage the linguistic creativity of pupils. As in the textbook, the assignments are also divided into seven sections and are preceded by a series of exercises on elocution and the use of graphemes to denote phonemes in the language, in particular the letters or combinations of letters used to represent the sounds č, ć, dž, đ, lj and nj.
The Croatian at Heart textbook was first presented last year as part of the 25th Summer in Blato on the 31st of July, and then in Dubrovnik on the 17th of October at an event hosted by the Dubrovnik branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation.
On hand for the presentation at the CHF headquarters in Zagreb, with a reception featuring figs, prošek dessert wine and lumblija sweet bread, a speciality specific to Blato, were colleagues of the textbook’s author and editor, friends of the CHF, and representatives of the State Office for Croats Abroad, Zagreb County, the Education and Teacher Training Agency, the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, and the Blato Society.
Ms Ančić thanked everyone that came out for the event, her colleagues for their collaboration, the hosts for their hospitality—all in the hope that she will undertake a new textbook with joy and tranquillity.
By: Diana Šimurina -Šoufek; Photography: Snježana Radoš and Mirjana Ana-Marija Piskulić