In this issue you will find the following information:
1. Schedule of Upcoming Events at ETRC in June
a) Teacher Training Workshops
b) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign»: English Speaking Club at ETRC with Rose Puthenpurackal
c) Women’s Club
d) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign»: Youth Film Club
a) Scholarships for You!
b) Educational Courses Online For You!
3. Recent Events
4. Special Days in June
5. Your Emotional and Physical Health
6. Tidbits from the Internet
7. Useful Resources
Quotes of the month:
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” ~ Winston Churchill
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” ~ Dudley Field Malone
“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens.” ~ President Bill Clinton
UPCOMING EVENTS IN JUNE
1. Teacher Training Workshops Schedule
Please sign up in advance to attend a particular event at ETRC at the circulation desk, by phone (044) 425-77-75, by e-mail:email@example.com, or send a text message to 067 230-7619. Please visit our website at www.etrckyiv.com and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/etrc.kyiv
ETRC working hours in June are as follows:
Monday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan conducts teacher training workshops at the America House Kyiv on Tuesdays, with their repeats at the ETRC on Fridays (Please read the detailed schedule below).
Please note that if you attend five sessions by June 2017, you will receive a certificate recognizing your commitment!
Friday, June 16, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Certificate Award Ceremony with Seneca Ryan
To honor those participants who have attended 5 or more teacher training workshops this year with Seneca Ryan, we will bepresenting official certificates of accomplishment.
We look forward to celebrating your commitment to the teaching and learning of English!!
* The American English Webinar Series Course 6 continues in June!
The course of webinars covers a variety of topics for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world. As the number of work stations that can access the webinars is limited in Ukraine, we invite all those who are interested in participating in these ELT webinars to register as members of a viewing group at ETRC. We will join the webinars on one of our computers and project the video on a screen so that the participants could get a better view and an opportunity to fully engage with the webinars.
!!! If you attend four sessions out of six from the webinar series, you will receive a certificate of attendance!!!
* Clubs in June:
– ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign: Youth Film Club welcomes you on Thursday afternoons, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 3:00-6:00PM to watch and discuss popular American movies. Post-viewing discussions on June 1 and June 8 will be moderated by Rose Puthenpurackal, Master’s in Political Science, English teacher, traveler, kickboxer and film expert.
– ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign: Rose Puthenpurackal will moderate Discussions Clubs on Tuesdays, June 6, and 13 at 4:00PM.
– Anna Suprun, psychologist and handmade artist, will help you create felted items on Monday, June 19 at 3:00 PM.
DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ETRC EVENTS
a) Teacher Training Workshops
– English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan conducts teacher training workshops at the America House Kyiv on Tuesdays at 4:00PM, with their repeats at the ETRC on Fridays at 4:00PM.
– Follow the schedule of the America House Kyiv at https://www.facebook.com/americahousekyiv/events andhttp://www.americahousekyiv.org/events/!!!
Friday, June 2 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop “Working on Pronunciation in the EFL Classroom”
Presenter: Seneca Ryan, English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
In this session we’ll be discussing some of the major themes related to teaching pronunciation and how to easily integrate these topics into the EFL classroom. Participants will come away with some practical ideas for targeting specific areas of pronunciation.
Friday, June 9 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop “The Learning Environment and Wrap-Up”
Presenter: Seneca Ryan, English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
As a wrap-up to the teacher training series with Seneca, in this session we will share our personal visions for the future of our students and our classrooms. We’ll have a brief exploration of the classroom set-up as a space for learning and discuss some challenges teachers face in their environments. Finally, we’ll consider some fresh ideas for classroom design as we look ahead to the next academic year.
Wednesday, June 14 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Webinar 6.4 “Global Topics, Local Teaching”
This webinar explains how to develop service learning activities in the classroom. Participants will learn about creating project proposals, presentations, service action plans and reflection activities. All of the lesson ideas are student-centered and can be adapted for both local and global issues.
Clark Erwin-Billones started her teacher training career in the Philippines with the Peace Corps. She has taught in the Republic of Belarus, Hungary and the United States. Her pedagogical interests include student-centered learning, vocabulary instruction and reading and writing strategies. She holds a Master’s in Applied Linguistics from Colorado State University.
Wednesday, June 14 from 4:10 – 5:40 PM Workshop “Creative Error Correction Techniques”
Presenter: Olena Gyrych, Professional Psychologist and English Language instructor at British Council, regular Psychology Speaking Club moderator.
Error correction is, without a doubt, a vital part of a studying process we cannot ignore. However, it is always a question when it is better to correct, who to correct, and the most important how to correct errors and mistakes to make your students remember them and avoid in the future. In this workshop we will try out different activities answering those questions and explore creative methods to make an error correction fun, engaging and memorable.
Friday, June 16 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Certificate Awards Ceremony and Participant Testimonials with Seneca Ryan at ETRC!
Private audience: We welcome those participants who have attended 5 or more teacher training sessions at the ETRC and/or America House to join us in a celebration honoring you! During the event we will also invite participants to share their classroom and training experiences with other participants. Below are some possible topic ideas which you could discuss:
– What methods and/or activities have you tried in your classroom which we discussed in trainings? What did you learn from trying these with students?
– How have trainings helped you collaborate with more teachers here or at your school or university?
– What most inspires you to develop yourself professionally?
Please let us know if you plan to come!
Wednesday, June 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Seminar “Break up the Gates in Pronunciation While Singing in English”
Presenters: Natalia Yaremovich, English language instructor, and Natalia Ivanova, vocal coach and voice teacher.
In continuation to our theoretical lesson from 22.05.2017, where we, Natalia Yaremovich, a teacher of English and Natalya Ivanova, a teacher of voice, shared our approach and point if view as for studying of English songs, are going to conduct this practical lesson where you will acquire the skills of authentic English pronunciation and singing in English. We will practice vowels and consonants with the help of interesting vocal and rythmical exercises.You will also practice English pronunciation by means of tongue twisters. We will learn a few well-known poems and songs in English. It will be interesting and you will feel fun. We are waiting for you on June 21. With love for You and our work: Natalia Yaremovich and Natalya Ivanova.
Combining efforts and interest in foreign languages, methods of work on pronunciation, both Natalias have created this seminar to let you test the effectiveness of learning foreign languages while singing songs. At the seminar, using music and based on linguistic knowledge, we will sing the same songs in Ukrainian and English to achieve the correct pronunciation of vowels and consonants!
Due to presenters’ approach you will be able to look at studying of language from a new perspective and what is more important, at learning English pronunciation. Our motto is “Sing in English without Ukrainian accent; speak Ukrainian without English pronunciation!”
Everybody is welcome!
Friday, June 30 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Seminar “TEACHER? – NO, A MANAGER!”
In this session we will share and discuss techniques for motivating both students and teachers.
Focusing on ways to inspire a love of learning and pick out necessary skills for that. The workshop will be based on practical examples.
Presenter’s Bio: Kateryna Velychko projects a charisma that captures the imagination of students and motivates them in the learning process. Exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic educator with a unique combination of education experience coupled with seven years background in business sphere. More than 10 years of teaching experience, over last 7 years dealing with high-level clients responsible for incorporating English learning process into a corporate culture of different companies. Worked for Unicredit Bank, Global Ocean Link Ltd, Bank Porto Franco, Hotel Otrada, etc. For last 4 years working as a project manager for Bayadera Holding Ltd. Extensive expertise in managing educational projects.
b) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign: Youth Discussion Club
Wednesday, June 7 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM Lecture/Presentation “The Real World of Economics”
Presenter: Harvey Carroll, Jr. holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, and three partial Masters: Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Public Administration and Masters in Diplomacy and International Commerce. Harvey is an experienced local, state, national and international political policymaker, and author of 9 books.
Harvey will discuss from his experience and observations of the old Soviet type “Economics” and Theories vs the real world of creating growth and development via Professional Public Administration. Harvey will present “Decentralization” and what that means from a Professional Public Administrators (PPA) point of view. How each community and/or city has the ability to work with Economist/PPA’s to spur economic growth and development that affect Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Transportation, Environmental, and Legal issues via “Comprehensive Planning.” Harvey will expand students’ minds from Theory to time tested “Comprehensive Planning” tools and Public, Private, Partnerships (PPP’s) that can create hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of real world projects throughout Ukraine.
In June, Rose Puthenpurackal, Master’s in Political Science, English teacher, and traveler, will moderate discussion clubs onTuesdays, June 6 and 13, at 4:00PM.
All interested are welcome!!!
Tuesday, June 6 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Discussion Club “What is ‘Human Metamorphosis’?”
What is ‘Human Metamorphosis’? Does the future of humanity lie in advances in technology, politics, or intelligence or its eradication? We’ll investigate from many angles how people actually change the world by changing themselves and the tools available to do this.
Tuesday, June 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Discussion Club “What is Authority?”
What is authority and what is the role of our agency? We’ll analyze the preconceptions behind authority figures and the ways we are socialized to be deferential to certain groups of people and institutions. We will go through how relationships to authority have evolved and the ways we underestimate our role in the theater of personal politics. How can we reframe our perceptions in a way that is socially supportive and courageous?
Tuesday, June 20 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Presentation/Discussion Club “The Power of Emotional Intelligence: What Makes Us Successful”
Presenter: Oksana Sayenko, Trainer with various cross-cultural experiences, English/Spanish Teacher, Traveler
Are we our emotions? Should we keep or speak them out? Why knowing emotional states of ourselves and others can ground and make us aware of I-world relationship? Join our discussion and share your experience.
Tuesday, June 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Master Class “Introduction to Self-Defense with Demonstration”
Presenter: Terry de Chalons is a former military man and bodyguard, currently a freelance journalist and teacher of English and French, kickboxer, resident here in Kiev. Terry writes a column reviewing restaurants in the city. He’s also been writing poetry for many years and is in the process of publishing an anthology of poems.
Every day we face the risk of being attacked by the street robbers, home intruders, rapists and violent persons of other sort. If you, your relative or a friend are attacked, you have a right to ward off an attack by using a force. According to the terms of law, the reasonable use of force somebody need for protection against the use of unlawful force by other person, is called “self-defense”.Terry will teach you some of the most effective methods of self-defense as Situational Awareness, the Element of Surprise, some elements of Martial Arts, Non-lethal Weapons and others, and you can practice some of them.
With a bit of knowledge and a little effort, you can ensure that you and your loved ones aren’t the easiest targets around.
c) Women’s Club Schedule
Monday, June 19 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Women’s Club Handmade Master-Class on Felting
Presenter: Anna Suprun, psychologist and hand-made artist.
If you are fond of hand making, we invite you to join warm women’s club atmosphere and participate in the master classes on needle felting.
c) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign»: Youth Film Club
Thursday, June 1 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “My Life as a Zucchini” (2016) (Runtime 70 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material. See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2321405/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring (voice): Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris
My Life as a Zucchini is a 2016 stop motion adult animated comedy-drama film. A young boy named Zucchini, after losing his mother, is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.
Moderated by Rose Puthenpurackal.
Thursday, June 8 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “Krisha” (2015) (Runtime 83 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for language, substance abuse and some sexual content. See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt4266638/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild
Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Moderated by Rose Puthenpurackal.
Thursday, June 15 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “La La Land” (2016) (Runtime 2h 8 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated PG-13 for some language. See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt3783958/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Thursday, June 22 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “The Thin Red Line” (1998) (Runtime 2h 50 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for realistic war violence and language.See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120863/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte
Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.
Thursday, June 29 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “Lion ”(Runtime 1h 58min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality. See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt3741834/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
– Please sign up in advance to attend a particular event at the circulation desk, by phone (044) 425-77-75, by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a text message to 067 230-7619.
a) Scholarships for You!
1) Virginia International University Scholarship Programme (USA)
Virginia International University (VIU) offers a unique opportunity to acquire an excellent, multi-disciplinary education at an affordable cost by offering students access to scholarships. VIU has been attracting individuals who take their VIU experiences into their own cultures, share their knowledge with future generations, and launch successful careers. Thus, there are several different types of scholarships available based on exemplary personal skills, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, on-campus work, and residency.
Scholarship can be taken in the USA
Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 1, 2017.
More information http://viu.edu/future-students/finance/scholarships.html
2) Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University (US)
Up to 100 Knight Hennessy Scholarships are now available to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford in the USA. Students from around the world are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.
The aim of the scholarship is to call students from around the world to receive full funding to pursue a wide?ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.
Stanford University – with seven world-class graduate schools that foster service, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship – is uniquely positioned to fill this need. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program will empower an exceptional cohort of graduate students to effect large-scale positive impact across the globe.
Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue Graduate (PhD) degree programme.
Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, from PhDs in arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine.
Scholarship Award: Full funding includes tuition, stipend, graduate program and related academic expenses, with additional financial support available.
Number of Scholarships: Up to 100 scholarships are available.
Scholarship can be taken in the USA
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
Are you a potential Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University? Below is a listing of the general requirements.
All Citizens Welcome
We encourage applications to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program from citizens of all countries. That’s natural since we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have a global impact.
Deadline for applications is September 27, 2017.
3) Scholarships for International Students in Japan
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology（MEXT）offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018.
Universities in Japan
Fields of study:
Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of major from two major fields: (1) Social Sciences and Humanities and (2) Natural Sciences.
Please refer to the official website for detailed list of eligible fields of study.
Target group: Nationals of countries which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government.
The scholarship includes tuition and other fees, allowance of 117,000 yen per month, an additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions, and travel costs to and from Japan. Please refer to the official website for full scholarship benefits.
The scholarship period will last for five years from April 2018 to March 2023, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan.
Deadline for applications is June 23, 2017.
b) Educational Courses Online For You!
1) Academic and Business Writing
An introduction to academic and business writing for English Language Learners, focusing on grammar, vocabulary, structure, editing, and publication.
About this course
College Writing 2.2x continues the introduction to academic and business writing for English Language Learners. In this part of the course, students focus on understanding the demands of different styles of writing, and continue to improve grammatical correctness, vocabulary development, and revision and editing skills. The five-week course includes material on vocabulary, tone, diction, and editing, all in the areas of academic and business writing. Students will have the opportunity to write on a number of different topics and ideas, always centered on areas of interest to them. The course materials will be offered via readings and videos. Assignments include short writing assignments, quizzes, journal entries, and longer pieces.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of State
UC Berkeley is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to extend the reach of College Writing 2X. Participating U.S. Embassies will host in-person, facilitated discussions sessions around the course content in order to maximize the learning experience. The State Department-supported EducationUSA network will also offer facilitated discussions in some locations for students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States. This partnership is part of the English Education Alliance (E2A), a global effort of the U.S. Department of State to address the global demand for 21st century English language skills.
Starts on June 1, 2017
2) English for Doing Business in Asia – Writing
Introducing strategies for developing your written English communication skills in the context of doing business in Asia.
About this course
The use of English for doing business in multinational settings is a fact of life for many business people. And, as Asian economies expand and become more involved in the global economy, having the ability to write clear and concise English is important when exchanging information. This course has two goals. The first is to introduce non-native speakers of English to methods for developing written English language and communication skills for doing business in Asia. The second is to examine the impact of cross-cultural interactions and globalization on English communications. By exploring and participating in a business simulation set in Asia, you will develop the principal skills for effective communication in English when conducting business in China and other Asian countries.
Starts on June 6, 2017
3) English for Doing Business in Asia – Speaking
Introducing strategies for developing your spoken English communication skills in the context of doing business in Asia.
About this course
The use of English for doing business in multinational settings is a fact of life for many business people. As Asian economies expand and become more involved in the global economy, a lingua franca – a language used to communicate among groups of people who do not share a mother tongue – is needed to exchange information. This course has two goals. The first is to introduce non-native speakers of English to methods for developing spoken English language and communication skills for doing business in Asia. The second is to examine the impact of interculturality and globalization on English communications. By exploring and participating in a business simulation set in Asia, you will develop the principal skills for effective communication in English when conducting business in China and other Asian countries.
Starts on June 6, 2017
4) English Composition
Improve your writing skills in this comprehensive introduction to English composition credit-eligible course.
About this course
Language, and the ability to communicate effectively are critical skills in the global economy. Writing and composition are vital to communicating your ideas clearly.
This introductory writing course will help you develop and express ideas effectively for a variety of purposes, audiences and occasions.
During the course, you will complete several major written projects, along with a reflection for each project. For each project, you can decide what level of technology you wish to use.
Starts on June 12, 2017
HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT EVENTS
In May, English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan conducted two teacher training workshops at ETRC. On, May 12, in the workshop English Composition: An Introductory Framework for the Standard College Essay, Seneca and participants reviewed a structure of the American academic five-paragraph essay. On May 26, Seneca and participants explored Content & Language Integrated Learning approach and brainstormed CLIL lessons plans to use in their classrooms.
On May 19, ETRC organized the third workshop on Montessori preschool education conducted by Montessori teacher Olesya Nedelcheva. In the workshop Writing in Montessori Preschool Education, Olesya demonstrated Montessori materials and activities for facilitating learning alphabet and writing. Participants highly enjoyed the course and praised Olesia for sharing effective Montessori Method strategies for developing English language skills of preschoolers.
On May 22, ETRC staff organized a teacher training workshop Sing in English without Ukrainian Accent conducted by an English teacher Natalia Yaremovich and a voice teacher Natalia Ivanova. Natalia Yaremovich made an overview of English phonological processes and recommended saying tongue twisters to work on pronunciation. Natalia Ivanova demonstrated how to improve enunciation of English sounds through singing songs. Participants found vocal exercises highly effective and were enthusiastic to attend the next workshop on singing in June.
On May 24, the final workshop of the course “Effective Methods of Teaching English” by Maryna Tsehelska took place at ETRC. Maryna summarized the content of the previous sessions on teaching English through concept maps and shared some final ideas on how to use the method to the best advantage. Regular participants received the certificates and expressed their gratitude to Maryna for sharing her unconventional methods of teaching.
On May 31, Olena Gyrych, Psychologist and English Language Instructor at British Council, conducted a workshop How to Get Students Speaking at ETRC. Olena demonstrated a number of engaging communicative activities and provided a variety of solutions to overcoming speaking barriers of students. Participants highly enjoyed a dynamic and informative workshop and left ETRC with plenty of ideas that would make their students feel more confident and motivated to speak in class.
In May, the first, second and third webinars from the sixth series of webinars American English Webinar Series, organized by the Office of English Language Programs, were broadcasted at ETRC. On May 3, former Kyiv-based RELO Kevin McCaughey conducted a webinar Teacher Talk: Presentation Skills for Teachers in which he explored unfortunate Teacher Talk habits and offered solutions to avoiding them. On May 17, in a webinar Developing Vocabulary&Grammar for Critical Thinking, Bruce Rubin shared necessary tools for developing critical thinking skills. On May 31, in a webinar Nurturing Critical Thinking Skills in EFL Classroom, Heather Benucci explored the importance of developing students’ critical thinking skills and a role of a teacher in it.
In May, ETRC staff organized three discussion clubs moderated by Jimmy Hill, M.ED., Counselling Psychology. On May 16, in a discussion The Importance of Play: How Adults Stay Healthy through Play, Jimmy emphasized the importance of having fun in order to stay mentally and physically healthy, and discussed how to enjoy life more. On May 23, in a well-structured presentation on the topic Finding Your True Self, Jimmy explored the key concepts and guidelines for self-discovery and self-actualization. On May 30, in the discussion Overcoming Addictions: Addiction and the Brain, participants discussed most common addictions and Jimmy shared a variety of strategies for preventing, dealing with and overcoming addictions. The event was attended by students, teachers, unaffiliated professionals and a group of students from National Aviation University.
Participants found the discussions by Jimmy highly informative, and praised Jimmy for valuable tips and a sense of humor.
In May, ETRC organized two Women’s club sessions on May 15 and May 29. Participants created needle-felted pictures, dolls and animals while communicating in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
In May, ETRC staff organized three film club meetings, moderated by an English teacher Rose Puthenpurackal. Rose selected award-winning films and in post-viewing discussions talked with participants about social, political, psychological and philosophical messages of the films.
SPECIAL DAYS IN JUNE
June 1 – International Children’s Day
Celebrated on June 1 each year, International Children’s Day 2017 marks the 91st global celebration of the rights and well-being of children residing in different parts of the world. The day is observed not only to celebrate, but also appreciate children’s role in shaping the future of different communities across the world. June 1st was proclaimed International Children’s Day by The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925.
June 4 – Orthodox Pentecost (Trinity Sunday) in Ukraine
Orthodox Pentecost marks the end of the Easter cycle that began 92 days ago with Orthodox Shrove Monday. Pentecost Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles. The Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to speak in other languages, and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who come to Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost). Many Christians recognize this event as the birth of the Church. The following day, Pentecost Monday, is celebrated as a holiday in some East European counties, including Ukraine.
June 14 – Flag Day in United States
People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this holiday include: flag-raising ceremonies; Flag Day services; school quizzes and essay competitions about the American flag; musical salutes; street parades; and awards for special recognition.
June 18 – Father’s Day in United States
Shortly after the establishment of Mother’s Day in the United States, Father’s Day was also conceived as a day to honor the hard work of fathers, fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. The tradition was said to be started from a memorial service held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. It was first proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington in 1909. It is currently celebrated in the United States annually on the third Sunday in June. Normal activities for Father’s Day include special dinners, sporting events, and gift giving.
June 22 – Day of sorrow and commemoration of war victims – Memory Day in Ukraine
Under the codename Operation “Barbarossa,” Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, in the largest German military operation of World War II.
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June 28 – Constitution Day in Ukraine
Constitution Day is a public holiday in Ukrainian celebrated on 28 June since 1996. It commemorates the anniversary of the approval by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine of the Constitution of Ukraine on 28 June 1996. Many Ukrainians have the day off on Constitution Day and celebrate it with festivities, such as fireworks, musical events by popular Ukrainian musicians, broadcasting or singing the Ukrainian anthem. The Ukrainian president usually congratulates the country on Constitution Day.
YOUR EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
1) Top 11 Reasons Why You Should Use A Sunscreen
Come summer and we all rush to the nearest cosmetic or medical store to grab that bottle of sunscreen lotion, don’t we? However, applying sunscreen should never be restricted to summer alone. Summer or winter, monsoon or spring, the need for shielding your skin from the harsh rays of the sun is essential. And, sunscreen does that job for you.
2) Louise L Hay’s Audiobook “You Can Heal Your Life”
You Can Heal Your Life is 1984 self-help and new thought book by Louisa L. Hay. It was the second book by the author, after Heal your Body which she wrote at age 60. After Hay appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Donahue in the same week in March 1988, the book landed on the New York Times Best Seller list and by 2008 over 35 million copies worldwide had been sold, in over in 30 languages. The book was also instrumental in the success of her publishing company, Hay House Inc. Today, due to the book she is “one of the best-selling authors in history”, and one of largest selling women authors, after J. K. Rowling, Danielle Steel andBarbara Cartland.
This audio version is unabridged except for the list of diseases and probable metaphysical causes in Chapter 15 of the book, which are not included.
Please find more information about Louise Hay’s other books, programs and other activities on her site:http://www.louisehay.com/about/
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1) Tongue Twisters to Improve English Pronunciation
Tongue twisters are a great way to practice and improve pronunciation and fluency. They’re not just for kids, but are also used by actors, politicians, and public speakers who want to sound clear when speaking. Below, you will find some of the most popular English tongue twisters. Say them as quickly as you can. If you can master them, you will be a much more confident speaker.
2) 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students
What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Check out some scaffolding strategies below and support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
3) Beginning of the School Year Activities and Ideas
When it’s time for you to plan out the first week of school, where do you start? Do you focus on implementing classroom rules and procedures? Do you focus on team building and collaborative activities to provide students the opportunity to get to know each other? OR do you just jump right into content and curriculum? In this post you’ll find some activities and ideas which belong to categories: Team Building / Ice Breakers; Behavior Management & Rule-Setting; Games and Fun Activities and Creative Writing and Artistic Activities.
GoCamp is a new format of school day camps with intensive study of foreign languages. Using a specially developed programme, children will learn to work in teams, communicate in a multicultural environment, think critically, and to be tolerant to others.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,Artsand Maths)
STEAM is a new approach in education where science, technology, engineering, arts and maths are used as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. They are innovators, educators, leaders, learner of the 21st century.
The result is students who:
– can take a risk,
– engage in experiential learning,
– solves problems,
– embrace collaboration
– work through the creative process
Within this strand you will create programmes which will allow kids to build cities and towns, create mobile applications, engage in robotics, carry out an expert examination of a piece of art, construct a device according to the design of the great Da Vinci or develop an environment protection plan for their town or village.
Citizenship education enables students to make their own thoughtful decisions and take responsibility for their own lives and communities.
Democracies need active, informed and responsible citizens; citizens who are willing and able to take responsibility for themselves and their communities and contribute to the political process.
Within this framework you’ll create programmes due to which children will understand what democracy, government and law are. They will also learn to look at political and social issues critically, weigh all pros and cons, take part in debates and give reasons for their points of view.
Leadership and Career Exploration
In many countries of the world career exploration is of nationwide scale, coordinated and regulated by the state. As a result, these countries show a minimal level of unemployment (within 4-8%). Ukraine faces a crisis in this sphere: the level of unemployment is 10% and 32% of university graduates do not work in the profession they were studying for.
Programmes within this strand will help the youth to choose their future profession and become lifelong learners.
Sports and Health
“Health is more precious than gold” – William Shakespeare. Health is the main part of our life. Health and sports education is the foundation of the all-round development of children. Health education teachers about physical, mental, emotional and social health. It motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.
Having chosen this strand you’ll be able to organize a school of healthy cooking, teach kids to play sports games, go hiking or do a project on how healthy lifestyle affects welfare.
b) Communicative Language Teaching or Post-Method?!
EFL students are increasingly likely to communicate with speakers of English or to access information in English via the Internet than they are in realized imagined-spaces. As English continues to dominate the industries of business and technology, its status as a lingua franca is not about to change in the foreseeable future. This reality is exacerbated by the ubiquity of technology in the form of handheld computers and tablets, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), such as Coursera, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs), and the ability to obtain information, data, and to access research in English on an extensive scale. Hence, the nature of global communication in the 21st century requires us to envision and tap into new contexts (places, situations, and speakers) of English. It is for these spaces that we must prepare students.
What is required of teachers, then, to prepare students in EFL contexts for more advanced and specialized language that meets their needs?
* Please read an article by Maria Coady, Associate Professor of ESOL and Bilingual Education and Maryna Tsehelska, Chair of the English Language and Methodology Department at Kryvyi Rih National University, attached. New spaces for English language use using new mediums for communication insist that teachers must be prepared to introduce, use, critically analyze, and teach these spaces to EFL students. Here, we believe that a new approach to teaching, Enhanced Communicative Approach or ECA, needs to emerge, one that builds on students’ knowledge of their first language, attends to the specialized and academic language that students need, and uses 21st century literacies and technologies. In our view, these appear to resemble ESL contexts and bilingual education wherein students learn academic content through English in order to develop high degrees of academic language. As such, students learn increasingly complex and content-specific vocabulary and syntactic structures. They are taught to analyze text from various genres and to use language academically and socially, locally and globally.
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