22 April, 2017

English for Media Literacy: Week 3

In Dnipro Window on America Center participants of online English for Media Literacy course (MООС) gathered to discuss challenging questions of the third week of the course. Members of the group already easily distinguish the traditional mass media from the social ones. So we learned to be critical of the advertisement around us.  We’re improving our English with pleasure, renewing our vocabulary, learning to use it without effort.

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Speed English at DniproWOA: Environmental & Climate Literacy

This afternoon the Gabfest club session (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) was dedicated to the observance of the UN Mother Earth day.
In the second part of the session the group was offered the “Speed English Game”. The questions for conversation dealt with environmental problems of this country. Our American guests actively joined the conversation and made happy the Club members.
Number of participants – 33 persons.

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Earth Day at DniproWOA: Environmental & Climate Literacy

This afternoon the Gabfest club session (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) was dedicated to the observance of the UN Mother Earth day.
Earth Day now gathers over 1 billion people each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The theme for 2017 is “Environmental & Climate Literacy”. It aims to empower everyone with the knowledge of climate change in order to inspire action towards environmental protection.
The Club members were urged to make small green changes in their lifestyle:
-    Walk to work, cycle or take public transport
-    Cut back on single use plastics
-    Recycle
-    Go paperless
-    Go meat or dairy free at least once a week
-    Plant a tree
-    Buy local produce.
The group was offered educational videos about the “carbon footprint” and supermarkets’ secrets. The video introduced a lot of environmental terms and explained some “green changes” that were not clear to the session participants.
The discussion that followed engaged our American friends- Mr. Jason and Mr. Stephen and covered some controversial aspects of the climate change theory.
Number of participants – 33 persons.


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19 April, 2017

For a Fistful of Dollars

Tonight we, members of the Wednesday Movie club (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) watched a spaghetti western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari, lit. "For a Fistful of Dollars"), titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role.
A Fistful of Dollars was filmed on a low budget (reported to be $200,000), and Eastwood was paid $15,000 for his role. Released in Italy in 1964, and then in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the spaghetti western film genre.
Plot: A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
As few spaghetti westerns had yet been released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American-sounding stage names.
WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed. We hope that movie club members were inspired to come again to improve their English.
Participants number – 8 persons.

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18 April, 2017

Activate English. 5.10: Graduation

Graduation of «Activate English 5.0.» group took place today at the Window on America center in Dnipro. The group had a 20 hour language course within the framework of the project “Express-English at the DOUNB Library”. The instruction was provided by the library staff member Tamara Gavryliuk who has the University degree equivalent of the MA in ESL.
The course was based on the materials from the textbook published by McMillan Language House and focused on the conversational practice for intermediate and advanced level learners of English.


During 10 educational sessions the students practiced popular conversational topics, studied new vocabulary and grammatical structures, learned about the basic etiquette of the English-speaking countries, mastered the skills of “small talk”.
All the participants found the session «Immigration Control» educational and helpful.
At the final session the most diligent students received certificates of attendance.
 Instructor: T. Gavryliyuk
Pictures: S.Usenko
Participants number –  42 persons.


15 April, 2017

Easter Celebration with foreign guests at #DniproWOA

This afternoon our session was attended by WOA’s foreign guests Mr. Armando and Mr. Jason.
The Ukrainian club members group was offered a video that introduced the Easter vocabulary and explained the Easter traditions. We watched a video and shared information about unusual Easter celebrations in some countries, the content of the Ukrainian Easter baskets (with Easter bread, cured lard, home-made sausages, and water).

The highlights of the Easter session were the stories of our foreign guests about Easter traditions in the USA, UK and Italy. On the other hand the guests were interested in the English language video about Ukrainian painted Easter eggs and the symbols used for the traditional egg designs.
At the end of the educational session we had an Easter tea party and wished each other Happy Easter!
Number of participants – 25 persons.

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13 April, 2017

Knowledge is a present for yourself

Basic English 5.10.: Graduation. Knowledge is a present for yourself.
Graduation of «Basic English 5.0.» group took place today at the Window on America center in Dnipro.
The group had a 20 hour language course within the framework of the project “Express-English at the DOUNB Library”. The instruction was provided by the library staff member Tamara Gavryliuk who has the University degree equivalent of the MA in ESLT.
 The course was based on free resources from the internet and focused on basic of the English language (alphabet, phonetics, reading rules,  comprehension).
 During 10 educational sessions the students practiced reading exercises and are now able to read and understand longer texts. Some of them can even tell short stories about themselves.
Lexical exercises with important cross-cultural information will help the English learners to use the Basic English in communication with foreigners in Ukraine and abroad.
The group was very grateful for the new skills and promised to visit WOA’s English-speaking events.
Participant numbers – 35 persons.
Presenter: T. Gavryliyuk.
Pictures: S.Usenko.

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12 April, 2017

Noah

The “Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipro, Ukraine had watched Noah.
Noah is a 2014 American epic biblical drama film co-written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Ari Handel, and inspired by the story of Noah's Ark from the Book of Genesis. The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah, along with Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins. The film was released in North American theaters on March 28, 2014, in 2D and IMAX, while several countries released a version of the film converted to 3D and IMAX 3D.
Noah received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $362 million worldwide, but generated controversy with audiences
Plot: A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.
The film features a musical score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams.
WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed.
Number of participants – 9 persons.

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