News from Sarajevo – Students take to “Callanizing” online!

The Callan Team were quick to react to the COVID-19 crisis...

“Shelter in Place” ▪ “Lockdown” ▪ “Social Distancing” – These words are now in common parlance in so many parts of the world. Once again, English has proven to be an effective working language, even in the worst of times, when stadiums, shopping centers, businesses and places of learning have been forced to close their doors.


But, while the vast majority of people are now homebound, there’s one “venue” that remains open 24/7 – the internet! Audio/video instruction is now the medium of choice (and necessity!) for schools and universities, and, while people might feel more comfortable with the idea of online meetings, or even workouts!, e-learning is something that many students have not had a chance to try out for themselves.


A few weeks ago, the same may have been true for Callan students in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), where COVID-19 has caused the country to impose lockdowns and curfews. Many grocery stores, chemists and bakeries are still serving customers, but the streets of this lovely city – a popular tourist destination and a must-visit for history buffs, culture lovers and foodies! – are quiet, awaiting the return of visitors, passersby and admirers.


Having been forced to suspend all face-to-face classes, here at Magaza Callan Accredited School, located in Baščaršija, the heart of the old town, we introduced online sessions for our group and individual lessons, which would normally be held on-site at Magaza, the building that is also home to Sarajevo’s favorite specialty shop that offers music, music-themed items and unique gift ideas inspired by the country’s most renowned singer-songwriter, Dino Merlin.



The Callan Team were quick to react to the COVID-19 crisis by closing the school and shifting face-to-face lessons to the Online Callan Classroom, and the school has transitioned well. It has made us think fast, act fast and, overall, be creative and innovative! 





In addition to the lively online interaction and cheery chats between lessons, we’ve also noticed that, as a result of their online immersion, our students (including Callan for Kids pupils) are now also making more frequent and more effective use of the Callan Student Practice Area and Callan Method app.


There have also been some lighthearted moments: a student in one of the groups exclaimed that when they saw one of their teachers on the screen, they couldn’t stop laughing, because now they finally had a “familiar face” in their homes!

While occasional glitches and audio/video delays can hinder the speed of delivery and reproduction during lessons, students remain happy with the online version of their Callan classes and “are thankful that we have made this leap together.” In a way, it has sped up the inevitable – online education and new business models for language learning are the future – and it has helped our students embrace ‘the online’ more readily and more quickly than under ‘normal’ circumstances.



We’re keen to promote the ease of having lessons from the comfort of one’s living room, and the online learning option is now viewed as a promising post-Corona business model.


Based on feedback, we are convinced that these online sessions are a great and high-quality alternative to our face-to-face Callan experience, and are committed to turning this challenge into an opportunity for even more students across BiH and beyond who can benefit from the Callan experience in the future!

We applaud the efforts of our entire team during these trying and uncertain times, as we look forward to welcoming new students to the Callan Online community and inviting more learners to “Callanize” in Sarajevo as well as online!”


You can read the full article about our experience here.

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