Sunday, January 30, 2011

Watching and discussing the movie "Thelma and Louise"

January 23, 2011 and January 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. we had English Speaking Club “Dialogue” with Edward Novick and Jun Blore, Peace Corps volunteers. These Sundays we were watching the movie “Thelma and Louise”. On the 23rd of January there were 16 people among them students, schoolchildren and teachers. On the 30th of January there were 14 people among them students and teachers. After watching the film we had a discussion devoted to the theme of the movie, but the greatest point of the discussion was analyzing the language in the film. It is not pure American English but rather American with accent. In “Thelma and Louise” we have heard strong Southern accent. Edward told more about the accent and other ones in different parts of America, so participants got a lot of information about how to speak in different states of the USA. Jun Blore told about different significant places in southern states, especially about the Grand Canyon. The visitors got a lot of information about this significant place and told what they knew about it. The most important thing of these events is that attendants got more information about America, its language, features and culture of different states. The quotation of the session was “as many the significant places, as many possibilities to find a lot of new things. ”

Sunday, January 23, 2011

TOEFL, SAT, GMAT Test Preparation

January 23, 2011 at 1 p.m. we had  meeting devoted to TOEFL, GMAT and SAT preparation. The students have seen the new tests for 2011 and asked Edward and Jun to help them on working with these materials. That was the first session devoted to the tests’ preparation, that’s why there were not a lot of people, just 6 persons, among them students and teachers. Edward Novick, Peace Corps Volunteer, who is working at the Black Sea State University and Jun Blore, Peace Corps Volunteer, who is working in Mykolaiv school No.22, conducted the lesson. The attendants got known about the structure of the tests, the ways of taking the tests and preparation to them. There is an exhibition of the new books, where the tests TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT and books of graduate schools and colleges in the U.S.A. were presented The attendants got more information about their opportunities of studying in the U.S.A., they also studied how to work with the tests. This information was useful and important for the visitors because many of them want to study in the U.S.A.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Peace Corps Volunteers' Meeting

January 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. we had Peace Corps Volunteers’ meeting devoted to the discussion of the most important points of the volunteering. There were 6 people, Peace Corps Volunteers from Mykolaiv and Mykolaiv region. They gathered together because of the necessity to speak about the problems they faced during their volunteering. Volunteers discussed the problems of teaching English and working with the Ukrainian students. The key point of the meeting was talking about the new ways of involving students and schoolchildren in different interesting activities. The discussion was very important for everybody of them, because volunteers shared their experience, told about their observations and ways of deciding the problems in communication. Such meetings help us to come to mutual understanding and better cooperation.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 year first session of the English Speaking Club "Dialogue".

January 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. we had English Speaking Club with Edward Novick and Jun Blore, Peace Corps Volunteers. That was the first session this year, Edward has just returned from the U.S.A, where he received treatment. There were 13 people, among them students and schoolchildren. It was a session devoted to the theme “Christmas and New Year Celebrations in the U.S.A. and Ukraine”. The group talked about the history and traditions of the holidays in the United States of America and Ukraine. Edward and Jun told us about the way they celebrate in the United States, and our students and children told about the way of celebration in Ukraine. Then the group discussed the differences in celebrations in the U.S.A and Ukraine, identified the typical way of celebration in the U.S.A.