ETRC Newsletter November 2012

Dear ETRC Members,
The following is the November issue of the ETRC Newsletter.
In this issue you will find the following information:
1. Upcoming Events in November
a) Teacher Training Workshops Schedule
b) Youth Discussion Club Schedule
c) Youth Film Club Schedule
2. Announcements
a) Presentations/Workshops by Senior English Fellow 2012-2013
b) First Education USA Fair in Ukraine
c) CALSU Symposium
d) 2nd International Research Workshop on Interpretation
e) 10th International BelNATE-IATEFL Conferenсe
f) Workshop “Methodologies in American Studies”
g) 38th International Conference of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies
h) Polish-Ukrainian Project “International educational workshop in Warsaw”
3. New Acquisitions
4. Highlights of Recent Events
5. Special Days in November
6. Tidbits from the Internet
7. Useful Resources
We look forward to seeing you at the ETRC.

ETRC Staff
 Quotes of the month:

If “thank you” is the only prayer you say, that will be enough. – Meister Eckhart
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke
There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way. – Jim Rohn
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. – Cicero
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN NOVEMBER
a) Teacher Training Workshops Schedule
Dear ETRC members, we are pleased to invite you to attend workshops conducted by the Senior English Language Fellow Eve Smith. Please sign up in advance to attend a particular event at the circulation desk, by phone (044) 238-66-10, by e-mail: etrc_kyiv@yahoo.com, or send a text message to 067 230-7619.
Please visit our website at www.etrckyiv.com.
In November, the eighth webinar course entitled Shaping the Way We Teach English offered by U.S. Department of State Office of English Language Programs will be continued. The 90-minute webinars will run at ETRC on November 7th, November 14th and November 28th 2012 at 15:00.
Webinar 8.3 is POSTPONED until Wednesday, November 7th.
A certificate is offered to teachers who attend three live sessions from five ones.
The course has covered a variety of topics for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world. Participants are encouraged to join the associated Ning (http://www.shapingenglish.ning.com) to participate in discussions, view or download video and other materials from the sessions, and access recordings of the webinars.
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.
Thursday, November 1 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Presentation “Educational System in the United States”
Presenter: Jason Gresh, U.S. Embassy officer
We invite you to attend  a presentation by the American Embassy officer Jason Gresh about the system of education and universities in the United States, admissions, testing, and financial aid. The presentation is dedicated to the International Education Week.
After the presentation all the guests are welcome to watch the movie “Homeless to Harvard:The Liz Murray Story from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (2003).
Wednesday, November 7 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM ELT Webinar 8.3: “The Movable Class: Promoting Motion for Language Learning & Health”
Presenter: Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer, Washington D.C., U.S.
The traditional classroom has rows of desks and chairs.  It is designed for sitting.  Yet a growing body of medical research suggests that too much sitting is bad for the health.  And breakthroughs in neuroscience indicate that physical activity may even help us learn better. So how can we allow for more movement in English class? This webinar provides practical ideas for doing so.
 
Wednesday, November 7 from 4:40 – 6:00 PM Workshop: Culture and Language Through Film: Soul Surfer
Presenter: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
The presenter will explore the dialogue, scenes, themes, grammar, vocabulary and follow-up activities for Soul Surfer. For more information about the movies, please watch their trailers on YouTube. All movies have been donated to the ETRC and are available to be borrowed.
 
Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop: Group Work
Presenter: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
Many students resist the idea of group work for many reasons, yet research has shown that it is a beneficial skill for students to practice. How do we get students to work in groups and successfully navigate some of the common problems that occur? In this workshop, teachers participate in an activity designed to teach students the importance of group work and how to have better success as a group member.
Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM ELT Webinar 8.4: Introduction to Reader’s Theater for EFL Classrooms
Presenter: Karen Taylor de Caballero, U.S. teacher trainer
In this webinar, participants will learn how to facilitate Readers Theater (RT) and how to use RT as an enriching and productive learning activity in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. RT is a group read-aloud in which individuals perform level-appropriate scripts to tell a story cooperatively. Participants will learn how RT supports development of the learner’s external reading voice (rate, vocabulary, and pronunciation/ comprehensibility) as well as their “internal” reading voice (the voice they “hear” when reading silently), thereby strengthening both oral fluency and reading fluency.
Wednesday, November 14 from 4:40 – 6:00 PM Workshop: Group Work
Presenter: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
Many students resist the idea of group work for many reasons, yet research has shown that it is a beneficial skill for students to practice. How do we get students to work in groups and successfully navigate some of the common problems that occur? In this workshop, teachers participate in an activity designed to teach students the importance of group work and how to have better success as a group member.
Tuesday, November 20 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop: Culture and Language Through Film: Soul Surfer
Presenter: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
The presenter will explore the dialogue, scenes, themes, grammar, vocabulary and follow-up activities for Soul Surfer. For more information about the movies, please watch their trailers on YouTube. All movies have been donated to the ETRC and are available to be borrowed.
Wednesday, November 28 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM ELT Webinar 8.5: Trace Effects 3D Multimedia Video Game: Teaching and Learning Adventures
Presenter: Rick Rosenberg, Regional English Language Officer, Materials Branch Chief for the Office of English Language Programs
This webinar will introduce teachers to the U.S. Department of State’s immersive, interactive 3D language learning adventure game, Trace Effects. The webinar will demonstrate how Trace Effects can be used as a supplementary tool to support learning objectives and engage students in communicative language practice and production and more.
 
b) Discussion Club Schedule
Friday, November 2 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Discussion Club 4: Envisioning Your Goals (The last Club of the series)
For those who have attended the previous meetings of the series “Envisioning Your Goals”
Moderator: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
The discussion group will complete the visualization posters.
Friday, November 16 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Discussion Club: TEDTalks’ Watching and Discussion: Elizabeth Gilbert
Moderator: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
TED.com makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 1200 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, talks about maintaining and encouraging artists and their creative spirit in healthy ways, debunking the commonly held belief that artists must suffer to create great work.
 
Friday, November 23 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Discussion Club: TEDTalks’ Watching and Discussion: Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
Moderator: Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.
c) Youth Film Club Schedule
Thursday, November 1 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM “Homeless to Harvard” (2003) (Runtime 104 min.) with English subtitles
To mark International Education Week
* The movie screening will be preceded by a presentation by the American Embassy officer Jason Gresh about the system of education and universities in the United States, admissions, testing, and financial aid. The presentation is dedicated to the International Education Week.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): not rated.
Starring Thora Birch, Michael Riley and Robert Bockstael
Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Thursday, November 8 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM “Soul Surfer” (2011) (Runtime 106 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material. See all certifications at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596346/parentalguide#certification
Starring Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt
A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.
Thursday, November 15 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM “Stand And Deliver” (1998) (Runtime 103 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): rated PG for violence, drug/alcohol  and sexual references.
To mark International Education Week
Starring Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris and Mark Phelan
The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.
Thursday, November 22 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM “The Blind Side” (2009) (Runtime 129 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references. See all certifications at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/parentalguide#certification
To mark Thanksgiving Day
Starring Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
Thursday, November 29 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM “Secondhand Lions” (2003) (Runtime 111 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): rated PG for thematic material, language and action violence.See all certifications at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327137/
Starring Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine and Robert Duvall
A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.
Please sign up in advance to attend a particular event at the circulation desk, by phone (044) 238-66-10, by e-mail: etrc_kyiv@yahoo.com, or send a text message to 067 230-7619, providing your first and last names, the institution name and your contact number.
Please find us on Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com by searching ETRC Kyiv.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
a) Presentations/Workshops by Senior English Fellow 2012-2013
Dear Colleagues, we are happy to inform you that this academic year Eve Smith, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State, has visited schools and universities giving presentations and conducting seminars on the English Language methodology to teachers of English from Kyiv and outside of Kyiv within the English Language Fellow program.
Eve Smith has conducted teacher training workshops and moderated Discussion clubs at the English Teaching
Resource Center (ETRC), Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She has also taken part in other teacher training activities throughout Ukraine. Those who would like to invite Eve Smith to their institution to give presentation/presentations (for free) please complete the request form (attached).
You may also find information at http://www.etrckyiv.com/archives/request-for-presentation-2012-13.
We appreciate your requests at least 3 weeks before the event.
SAMPLE presentation and workshop topics (see attachment for more):
- Increasing Classroom Interactions – Methods and Techniques
- Listening—A Critical Skill
- ESP Building a Curriculum for Business Professionals
- Teaching Academic Writing
- Skills That Make a Difference: Goal Setting and Conflict Resolution
- Test Development Process and Guidelines
- Classroom Management
- Teaching English to Young Learners – Listening and Speaking
- Teaching English to Young Learners – Reading and Writing
Each workshop will last 90 minutes and can be shortened to 60 minutes if preferred. Please indicate your
preference. For longer workshops and presentations, duration of which is between 2 to 3 hours, please see the list of
topics attached.
Please note that in the end of November, Eve will visit Vinnytsia and will do her outreach training sessions in Vinnytsia oblast through beginning of December from November 25 through December 7. For
the month of December, we expect invitations only from Vinnytsia oblast schools and universities.
From February 17th through February 28th Eve will conduct workshops in Donetsk and Lugansk. We expect
invitations only from this area.
b) First Education USA Fair in Ukraine on November 3, 2012 at the Hotel “Rus”
The first Education USA Fair in Ukraine will be held on November 3, 2012 from 14:00 to 18:00 at the Hotel “Rus” (4 Hospitalna Str., Kyiv).
Organizers: Education USA network in Ukraine with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
Entrance: Free. Please register at http://www.educationusa.info/fairs/kyiv2012
Please find more about the program and the participants of the Education USA Fair on
c) CALSU Symposium “The American Drama in the Contemporary Context: the status, aspects, and modes of poetics” on November 8, 2012
CALSU Symposium “The American Drama in the Contemporary Context: the status, aspects, and modes of poetics” will be held on November, 8 starting at 10 a.m. at the conference room of the Institute of Literature, NASU (4,Hrushevskogo str., of. 316, Kyiv). After the Symposium, the latest issue of the CALSU yearbook “American Literary Studies in Ukraine: AMERICAN SHORT STORY” will be presented.
If you need a copy of the invitation letter, please, send your request to atkol@mail.ru, and we’ll send it to you within a week.
 
d) 2nd International Research Workshop on Interpretation “The Interpreter’s Path: aspects of interpretation” on November, 10-12, 2012
Black Sea Petro Mohyla University (Mykolaiv) invites you to take part in the 2nd International Research Workshop on Interpretation “The Interpreter’s Path: aspects of interpretation” to be held on 10-12.11.2012. The invited speaker is the international interpretation expert Julia Poger, member of AIIC (International Association of Conference Interpreters) and organizer of the Cambridge Conference Interpretation Course.
For more information: (0512) 76-55-87; 095-754-08-73, email: tamara_chernova@inbox.ua.
e) 10th International BelNATE-IATEFL Conferenсe “English Language Teaching and Area Studies:
Prospects for the Future” on November 15-17, 2012
The Belarusian Association of Teachers of English kindly invites you to take part in the 10th International BelNATE-IATEFL conference “English Language Teaching and Area Studies: Prospects for the Future”, which will take place on November 15-17, 2012.
The conference will address various issues connected with the teaching of English in the modern world, the role of information technologies in developing new approaches to ELT and related disciplines and transformations that have taken place in school and university curricula since our last conference in 2010. We hope that the conference will help initiate a fruitful discussion about the ways to improve ELT and area studies in Belarus including the interplay between teaching and learning.
Please find detailed information and an application form on our site
f) Workshop “Methodologies in American Studies” on February 14-17, 2013
Members of the Polish Association for American Studies will offer a series of 3-hour workshop sessions on contemporary methodologies in American studies.
Participants will also have a have a chance to seek advice from panel chairs on problems related to their research projects.
Target group: doctoral students and young scholars with Ph.D.s
in the humanities and social sciences affiliated with universities in Central/Eastern Europe, who are seeking new theoretical approaches and critical tools.
Venue: American Studies Center, Warsaw
Format: 4-day workshop consisting of seven 3-hour sessions, a plenary lecture, and a summing-up session.
The workshop format requires that all participants read the assigned set of materials in advance. Reading materials for each workshop session will be made available online by 1 January, 2012.
In order to apply, please send a CV and a 300-word statement explaining why you would like to take part in the workshop to: dferens@poczta.one.pl .
Deadline: December 10, 2012. Please find detailed information in the attached file.
g) 38th International Conference of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies is “American Values: Devaluation, Reevaluation, Reconstruction” on December, 14-21, 2012
Faculty of Journalism of Lomonosov Moscow State University invites you to be a listener of the 38th International Conference of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies.
The theme of the 38th International Conference of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies is “American Values: Devaluation, Reevaluation, Reconstruction”.
Dates – December, 14-21 2012
Details: www.rsacs.org
 
h) Polish-Ukrainian Project “International educational workshop in Warsaw” on November 18-22
The Institute of International Academic and Scientific Cooperation invites you to participate in the Polish-Ukrainian Project “International educational workshop in Warsaw” on November 18-22.
Program includes:
- presentation of international grants for financing study in leading Polish high education establishments (Studium Europy Wschodniej Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego);
- workshop: «How to prepare a competitive application documents package. What do rant providers expectat from candidates» (Warsaw University);
- informational meeting in Sejm (parliament) of Poland;
- briefing on legal and organizational moments of living and studying in Poland (Warsaw University).
- individual meetings with Polish scientists with the purpose of establishment of scientific international cooperation;
- excursion program with review of the UNESCO World Heritage Objects.
- integration party with Polish students and young scientists.
Target audience: students, postgraduate students and young specialists from Ukraine interested in study and/or conducting scientific research in Poland.
Organizational fee for project participants:
Upon application till October 28, 2012 – 120 EUR +500 UAH (pledge).
Detailed information:
info@imans.com.ua or phone number: +38 096 820 7585 candidate of economic sciences Marianna Soroka,
Institute of International Academic and Scientific Cooperation
HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT EVENTS
Over the course of two days, October 9 – 10, secondary school English language teachers and  university instructors met for the hour long presentation exploring the concept of vulnerability as a learner and how it is linked to calculated risk taking in the English language classroom. The presenter drew connections between the accepted train of thought in ESL/EFL of what research means when it says to create a “safe environment” in the classroom and Dr. Brene Brown’s research on Vulnerability and Shame. The idea that teachers can empower students to manage their own learning, reactions to learning and the learning environment was introduced as the concept of Wholehearted learning.
On October 11, students and teachers from the Kyiv community gathered to watch the movie “The Sixth Sense” and hold a discussion. The Senior English Language Fellow, Eve Smith, introduced the movie as an important movie for its time because of the content matter, ghosts and people that see them, and the director’s stylistic choices, as a nod to Hitchcock and his versions of a physiological thriller. The participants really enjoyed the movie and found the idea of someone who can talk to ghosts fascinating. The discussion covered many topics including, belief in ghosts, the senses, cinematography, Ms. Smith’s first impressions of the movie and how it opened up US culture to a series of TV shows on ghosts (i.e. “Ghost Whisperer”) as well as the participant’s impressions of the movie and their expressed desire to show it to their friends.
On October 12, ETRC Discussion Club members met to continue the discussion of how to achieve personal goals by creating visualization boards. The visualization board they worked on is the culmination of the process of goal identification and scheduling. They create posters based on the goals that they would like to see achieved over the next 5 years.  By presenting images or phrases connected with these goals, the participants will have a visual reminder of what they would like to work for and achieve. This visual reminder can be placed in areas at home for inspiration or as a reminder of their goals. The magazines were provided by donation from the generous staff at the Embassy and the participants voiced their appreciation of the volume and quality of magazines.
NEW ACQUISITIONS  
We are happy to bring to your attention the new acquisition to the ETRC library including a DVD collection of educational and entertaining movies for children and adults, and other English teaching materials. As usual, we are grateful to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy for making our library fund richer and more diverse! Below is the partial list of newly acquired materials. More items will be added in the next issue of the newsletter.
Welcome to the ETRC to explore new English teaching resources!
Section DVDs
The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Starring Matthew Perry, Judith Buchan and Griffin Cork
A small-town teacher (Perry) relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Starring Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine and Robert Duvall
A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
A Walk to Remember (2002) / Pay it forward (2000) (Double Feature)
A Walk to Remember
Starring Mandy Moore, Shane West and Peter Coyote
The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.
Pay it forward
Starring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt
A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.
The Social Network (2010)
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Stand And Deliver (1998) / Lean On Me (1989) (Double Feature)
Stand And Deliver
Starring Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris and Mark Phelan
The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.
Lean On Me
Starring Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd and Robert Guillaume
The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.
Remember the Titans (2000)
Starring Denzel Washington, Will Patton and Wood Harris
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Hurricane Season (2009)
Starring Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington and Bow Wow
A year after Hurricane Katrina, Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana, assembles a team of players who had previously attended five different schools before the disaster and leads them on the path to the state championships.
High School U.S.A. (1983)
Starring Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon and Todd Bridges
Set in a senior high school class, J.J. (Michael J. Fox) pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique which culminates in a race at the end of the movie between the two rivals in this light comedy.
The Paper Chase (1973)
Starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner and John Houseman
A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.
American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt
Paramount/PBS Home Video (2000)
Starring Host, David McCullough; narrated by Alfre Woodard
For more than thirty years, Eleanor Roosevelt was America’s most
powerful woman. Drawing on interviews with her closest relatives,
friends, and biographers, as well as rare home movie footage, the
film reveals the hidden dimensions of one of the century’s most
influential women.
American Experience: TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt
Paramount/PBS Home Video (1996)
Starring John Morton Blum, John Milton Cooper and Edith Derby Williams
A champion of the strenuous life, TR embodied the notion of an expanded presidency. Stamping the presidency with his own colorful personality, Roosevelt’s enormous popularity gave him political clout that matched his celebrity status. “Get action, do things,” sums up his attitude toward all endeavors, political and otherwise.
Disney’s American Legends (2001)
Starring James Earl Jones
Consists of new narration by James Earl Jones, which is interspersed with the Disney shorts John Henry (2000), Johnny Appleseed (1948), Paul Bunyan (1958), and The Brave Engineer (1950).
WordGirl: Earth Day Girl (2010)
PBS Kids and Paramount released WordGirl: Earth Day Girl on DVD on March 30, 2010, containing 8 episodes of the award-winning show about a costumed crime-fighter who also enriches kids’ vocabulary usage. The DVD also includes interactive games, video shorts, and coloring pages
Growing Up with Arthur (2005)
Arthur is forced to give up his teddy bear; D.W. moves from a crib to a bed; and Jenna worries about attending Muffy’s slumber party because of her bedwetting problem.
LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set (2009)
Let’s Go to School by Leapfrog: Tad and Lily are nervous because school s starting tomorrow. Your preschooler will go along as Tad, Lily and Edison go on a tour of a classroom. Your kids will learn phonics, counting, days of the week and animals by helping a scared classroom filled with nervous talking blocks, globe, clock and even more new and scared friends.

Category: Test Preparation

Barron’s IELTS Practice Exams with Audio CDs : International English Language Testing System by Lin Lougheed (2010)Leading colleges, universities, and government agencies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa recognize IELTS as fulfilling English competency requirements for ESL students. This new manual with audio CDs presents six full-length IELTS practice exams with answers and explanations. The compact discs provide audio for all six of the tests’ listening and reading modules. Test takers can use these exams as solid preparation for the actual IELTS.

Category: American Studies

America The Story of Us, Collector’s Edition (2010)

A riveting adventure of how America was invented, AMERICA THE STORY OF US focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by HISTORY. This special collection includes a bonus disc with over 100 minutes of brand-new footage as well as a book commemorating the series.
Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse (2003)
Inventing Modern America profiles thirty-five inventors who exemplify the rich technological creativity of the United States over the past century. The range of their contributions is broad. They have helped transform our homes, our healthcare, our work, our environment, and the way we travel and communicate The inventors profiled include such well-known figures as George Washington Carver, Henry Ford, and Steve Wozniak, as well as unsung technological pioneers such as Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, and Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the first implantable cardiac pacemaker. The book is designed to create excitement about invention through the personal stories of these American scientists, technologists, and researchers.
Cultural Difference and the Literary Text: Pluralism and the Limits of Authenticity in North        American Literature (1996)
“A great collection because it has learned from the warning call of one of the strongest voices now at full career–Werner Sollors, who in turn gracefully adopts an ‘avuncular’ perspective–while also avoiding the pitfalls of the overcorrection that characterizes much of what we are now seeing at conferences and in journals. Cultural Difference and the Literary Text keeps conflict within and between ethnic cultures in full view, and it does so not only within individual essays but in the dissent among them. The essays and their constellations are wonderfully engaging.”–Thomas J. Ferraro, Duke University.

Category: Linguistics (Pedagogy)

Navigating the New Pedagogy: Six Principles that Transform Teaching (2011)

In the early 21st Century, a new vision for classroom practice emerged that looks very different from the teaching that existed previously. This new teaching is a synthesis of effective curriculum, big ideas, nurturing relationships, differentiated instruction, appropriate assessment, teaching to standards, use of technology, and solid understanding of the content being taught. Six core principles emerge from the new educational theory that has the power to define and organize this new vision for classroom practice and to transform teaching itself. The book provides this vital map of education’s ‘new landscape’ of the current best practices and philosophies. Teachers, administrators, and education professors will find ideas that will help transform classrooms into positive, productive learning environments.

Category: Methodology

The English Teacher’s Companion, Third Edition: A Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession (2007)

The third edition of The English Teacher’s Companion again delivers vital information on the teaching of English, including foundational advice for teaching literature; nurturing reading, writing, and thinking skills; and organizing for success. But it also responds to needs that Jim has heard in speaking engagements and professional development workshops across the country. Teachers and teacher educators asked for: the latest research on literacy; more information about national standards; ways to consider gender in instruction; advice for teaching Advanced Placement classes; ideas for teaching media literacy and incorporating technology effectively into instruction; even more resources for mentoring new teachers;  analysis of how trends in society, culture, and politics impact teachers and their classrooms.

Category: ESP Business English

25 Business Stories: A Practical Guide for English Learners (2008)

This inspiring collection of 25 true business stories is especially written for English language learners. From spectacular successes (Starbucks and Apple’s iPod) to colossal failures (New Coke and Enron), each entrepreneurial saga is followed by reading comprehension exercises designed to build vocabulary skills and to help learners identify English sentence patterns, idioms, and commonly used phrases. Both vocabulary and phrase indexes are included.

Category: Activities

Best of Mad Libs (2008)

Over the last 50 years, Price Stern Sloan has published hundreds and hundreds of Mad Libs stories. Come fill out over 125 of the funniest ones in this deluxe oversize edition. This book also includes a history of the game as told by the creator Leonard Stern (complete with pictures) and stories filled out by today’s hottest stars! It’s the super-silly way to say 50th Anniversary, Mad Libs!
ESL Active Learning Lessons: 15 Complete Content-Based Units to Reinforce Language Skills and Concepts (2001)
ESL Active Learning Lessons\nThis book offers an invaluable resource for English as a Second Language teachers. Each unit provides practice and reinforcement in the use of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary will develop as students acquire basic content, concepts, and skills related to a variety of fundamental subjects. Topics covered include: The Human Body, Following Directions, Fruits, Insects, Animals, Money, Measurement, Signs, Plants, Cafeteria, Safety, Weather, and Transportation.
The Big Collection Of Phonics Flipbooks: 200 Reproducible Flipbooks That Target the Phonics & Word Study Skills Every Primary Student Needs to Know (2009)
Build word-decoding skills with this comprehensive collection of reproducible flipbooks that reinforces sound-blending, word families, vowel combinations, initial and final consonant blends, digraphs, prefixes, suffixes, and more. Extension activities, assessments, and dictation exercises are also included to make this the perfect supplement to your reading instruction. A great resource for teachers of beginning and struggling readers, English-language learners, and students who need an extra boost in word-building skills!

Category: Pronunciation

Perfecting Your English Pronunciation with DVD (2012)

Developed by acclaimed speech consultant and accent specialist Susan Cameron, Perfecting Your English Pronunciation features her successful method, which focuses on the anatomical placement of sound and on the musculature used in articulation. Where other accent reduction/English pronunciation products rely on solely mimicking of audio sounds, this work focuses visually, audibly, and narratively on the physical ability to speak English, noting that many sounds of English may be difficult for you because some tongue positions used in English may not be used in your native language. The 45-minute DVD introduces you to mouth and jaw exercises to prepare you for English, then demonstrates mouth formations and tongue placement using other nonnative speakers like you. You will see and hear how English sounds–enabling you to become more and more comfortable conversing with native English speakers as you go through the program.
SPECIAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER
International Education Week 2012: November 12-16
International Education Week (IEW) is an annual, week-long event celebrated during the third week of November by over 85 countries around the world. Please find some interesting links about international education week and international education:
http://www.edu-abroad.com.ua/
http://www.ciee.org/
November is  National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo /ˌnænoʊˈraɪmoʊ/ na-noh-RY-moh) is an annual internet-based creative writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30. Despite its name it accepts entries from around the world. The project started in July 1999 with just 21 participants, but by the 2010 event over 200,000 people took part – writing a total of over 2.8 billion words.
Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopsis and excerpts.
Do you want to sign up?)
November is Country Music Month as first designated by the Country Music Association in 1964 and made official by Presidential proclamation beginning in 1970. It’s intended as a time to celebrate America’s music.
Celebrate this month listening to country music!
November 1 – All Saints’ Day. All Saints’ Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas, often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In the Western calendar it is the day after Halloween and the day before All Souls’ Day.
In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries.
Read more about the holiday on
November 2 – All Soul’s Day. The Christian holiday of All Soul’s Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven. Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. All Souls Day was started in 998.
November 11- Veterans Day. Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
November 12Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. It’s a celebration about you. According to the creators of the book series of the same name, Chicken Soup for the Soul Day was created as “…. a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!”
Have a happy Chicken Soup for the Soul Day! Read about lots of chicken soups for soul J on
We have the book series Chicken Soup for the Soul at ETRC! So you are welcome to borrow them on this special day or anytime you want or need a chicken soup for soul!
November 13- World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world. According to the World Kindness Movement website, World Kindness Day is intended to “build a kinder and more compassionate world”. World Kindness Day evolved from a series of conferences in 1996-1997 in Japan by a group known as the World Kindness Movement. These conferences brought together groups interested in promoting more kindness around the world.  It culminated in the “Declaration of Kindness” on November 13,1997. With this declaration, a new and very special day was born.
Use this day as an opportunity to be kind to family, friends, neighbors, and others. You will find kindness rubs off on others, and generates even more kindness.
10 ways to celebrate World Kindness Day:
November 21-International Philosophy Day. International Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every third Thursday of November. It was first celebrated on 21 November 2002.
November 22 (The fourth Thursday in November) -Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.
The event that some Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World.
TIDBITS FROM THE INTERNET
1) Inspirational video
a) Watch Top 5 Videos to Inspire Teachers
The videos that help you think, be inspired, experiment, create and renovate! Important messages not only for teachers!
b) 10 Wonderful Talks on Making Schools Great from TED blog!
With just over a month to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The election may well come down to a few key issues. So what matters most to Americans? The TED Blog read this Gallup poll from late July on issues that citizens want the next president to prioritize. Conveniently, these are topics that speakers often address on the TED stage. So, every week until the election, we’ll bring you a playlist focusing on one of the top-rated issues.Among the most important questions in the upcoming election is, “How can we improve the nation’s public schools?” — 83 percent indicated that improving schools is “very important” or “extremely important.”
To get you thinking, talking and voting, here are 10 talks from speakers with some very big ideas about how to reshape our school environments.
c) 21-day Meditation Challenge by the Chopra Center
Many of you already know how to meditate, but maybe it would be fun for you to do it by joining the group meditation. A three-week, daily guided meditation journey to an authentic abundance consciousness! If you wish to attract more goodness into your life in the form of comfort and ease, peace, joy, love—anything you desire—register now for the all-new Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge™, Creating Abundance.
USEFUL RESOURCES
 1) On October 28 parliamentary elections are took place in Ukraine. Below are some links relating to this occasion and electoral system in Ukraine:
             http://www.ukrainianelection2012.org/
 
2) TED Education
Since then time we have discovered TED we are happy to share their informative and inspiring videos with you. And this time we’re very excited to share with you TED’s new educational page http://ed.ted.com/
and TED’s Educational Channel on YouTube
Educate yourself with TED! Be smart!
3) Will Richardson at willrichardson.com
Will Richardson is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer.
A former public school educator for 22 years, he’s a co-founder of Powerful Learning     Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over 5,000 teachers worldwide in the last five years.
 He’s writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at Weblogg-ed.com, in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week and English Journal, and most recently at
His TEDx Melbourne talk from August
4) Interesting free lectures in English online:
a)     Academic Earth – A world-class education at your fingertips!
Academic Earth aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to earn a world-class education by offering free online classes and online learning tools. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or take classes that interest you, Academic Earth can connect you to the world’s top universities and scholars. Click below to learn how.
Academic Earth: www.academicearth.org
b)    Free Video Lectures:
              www.freevideolectures.com
c)   VideoLectures.NET   
VideoLectures.NET is an award-winning free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science. The portal is aimed at promoting science, exchanging ideas and fostering knowledge sharing by providing high quality didactic contents not only to the scientific community but also to the general public. All lectures, accompanying documents, information and links are systematically selected and classified through the editorial process taking into account also users’ comments.
 
 
THANKSGIVING
NOW gracious plenty rules the board,
And in the purse is gold;
By multitudes in glad accord
Thy giving is extolled.
Ah, suffer me to thank Thee, Lord,
For what thou dost withhold!
I thank Thee that howe’er we climb
There yet is something higher;
That though through all our reach of time
We to the stars aspire,
Still, still beyond us burns sublime
The pure sidereal fire!
I thank Thee for the unexplained,
The hope that lies before,
The victory that is not gained,—
O Father, more and more
I thank Thee for the unattained,
The good we hunger for!
I thank Thee for the voice that sings
To inner depths of being;
For all the spread and sweep of wings,
From earthly bondage freeing;
For mystery—the dream of things
Beyond our power of seeing!

                                                                                                 Lyrics of Life by Florence Earle Coates

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We look forward to seeing you at the ETRC.
ETRC Staff

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