04 October, 2017

International Translation Day and Fundamentals of Academic Integrity at WOA Dnipro

Today the WOA Dnipro Center was visited by a big group of the 1st year students from the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine. Their major is “Technical Translation”.
The group was familiarized with the history of the International Translation Day observance. The information was illustrated with several relevant videos. The display of Dictionaries from WOA’s collection impressed the group and their lecturers as paper-based dictionaries are still popular with translators as a reliable tool.
 

The highlight of the visit was the presence of our US guest – Mrs. Tamara. She works as a professional translator and interpreter in the USA. She shared her experiences with the students and answered their questions about the work of translators in the USA.
This academic year the WOA staff started to familiarize students with the concepts of "plagiarism" and "academic integrity." The Window to America Head Svetlana Usenko presented a slide show aimed to emphasize to the students that knowledge acquisition is hard and independent work they should do on a daily basis. 

Students write scientific papers for different projects, they will need to prepare themselves for the Final University Tests. The ability to distinguish plagiarism from non-plagiarism, familiarity with the quotation rules, and the awareness of the codes of honor in colleges – all these steps will lead today’s University students to a successful career.
Number of participants – 25 persons.

03 October, 2017

Start of the “Activate English Group 7.0.”

This afternoon the Window on America Dnipro center started the new Express English - 7 course. The session was dedicated to the traditional phrases for meeting and greeting people.
The Window on America Dnipro center offers the library patrons an “Express English” activity that will help them to activate their passive knowledge of the foreign language and to overcome the fear of speaking in English. Ten two hour- lectures are offered for the participants to improve their conversational skills in pairs.
The professional EFL lecturer T. Gavryliuk combines the lexical exercises with important cross-cultural information that will help the English learners to understand their foreign counterparts better and to avoid awkward situations in communication.
The promotion of the “Express English” at the DOUNB library was supported by local media: the websites of the city news, the Oblast State Administration site, and FB.
The new patrons were informed about the DOUNB’s resources and modern services.
 

The highlight of the lesson was a visit of the US guest – Mrs. Tamara. She talked about the “Do”s and “Don’t”s  of the introductions in  the USA and  gave  expert advice on composing texts “Introducing myself”.
The new patrons were invited to join other WOA’s activities – Wednesday Movie Club and the “Gabfest” Speaking Club on Saturdays.
Improve you English language skills at the DOUNB Library!
Number of participants – 40 persons.




02 October, 2017

Book Display: Verity in a Dictionary

To commemorate the US Dictionary Day Window to America center in Dnipro presented to the patrons the display of dictionaries from its collection - Verity in a Dictionary. The US Dictionary day is dedicated to the birthday of Noah Webster (October 16) – the American linguist, lexicographer, author of the American English Dictionary
The WOA’s dictionaries are colorful and actively used.
We invited WOA’s patrons to show their favorite dictionaries. Maryna Repan on Webster’s New World College Dictionary: “I see a lot of information, convenient layout, easy search, original design of the pages”
Valentyna Kovalenko on Webster’s New World College Dictionary: “I was amazed to find in the US biographical dictionary information about the Ukrainian hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky!”
All ditionaries were donated to the DOUNB Library by the US Embassy in Ukraine and the Sabre-Svitlo Foundation within the 25 years of friendship between the Ukrainian and American people.

 

01 October, 2017

EDUCATION in the USA display

The Dnipro Window on America center presented a book & brochure display for the ambitious patrons who consider study abroad.
The recent brochures sent by USA universities interested in Ukrainian students provide a lot of useful information about the study in the USA.
The Universities offer graduate and post graduate courses. Their colorful brochures give details of the courses as well as beautiful images of the campuses in different states.
All WOA’s patrons interested in studying in the USA receive advice about the procedures and the “Education USA” center in Dnipro.
The display reviewed by all visitors of WOA center in October.

Schedule for October


22 September, 2017

“The Last of Mohicans” celebrates the 25th Anniversary !

The project Discover USA continues. This afternoon a group of the 7th year students from school # 141 visited the Window on America center in Dnipro. The school is WOA’s longtime partner as its focused on the English language study.
The WOA staff member T. Gavryliuk familiarized the group with the life and work of James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper is considered to be the first national writer in the USA. He was one of the first major American novelists to include Native American characters in his works. Native Americans play central roles in his “Leatherstocking Tales”. However, his treatment of this group is complex and highlights the tenuous relationship between frontier settlers and American Indians. In the presentation we focused on the novel “The Last of the Mohicans”. It depicts the iconic character Chingachgook, the last chief of the Mohicans. He is portrayed as noble, courageous, and heroic.
The Cooper’s works from the DOUNB Library collection were presented as well as the video from the WOA’s video collection – “The Last of Mohicans” (1992) film.
Participants number – 11 (10 students + 1 teacher).

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21 September, 2017

Window on America Dnipro and Teachers’ Training


This afternoon the WOA Dnipro center facilitated the first training of the English teachers in the academic year 2017/2018. The Dnipro city Department of Education organized and the DOUNB Library hosted the training for a big group of English teachers from Dnipro city and Dnipro region schools.
The teachers were informed about the mission of the WOA Dnipro. The free resources of the center were promoted and the city schools were urged to cooperate in several WOA’s projects.
 

The teachers enjoyed our new colorful decoration in American style. The installation is made in the shape of the Big Book, on its pages one can see popular US film and cartoon characters who also read, study and plan their successful future!
Participants number – 93 persons.

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Fundamentals of Academic Integrity Project Is Launched!

"Window to America" Information and Resource Center has many partner schools in Dnipro city. For school students we offer events that improve their English skills.
 But this academic year the WOA staff started to familiarize students with the concepts of "plagiarism" and "academic integrity." The Window to America Head Svetlana Usenko presented a slide show aimed to emphasize to the students that knowledge acquisition is hard and independent work they should do on a daily basis. In senior classes students begin to write scientific papers for different projects, they will need to prepare themselves for the Final Tests and University studies. The ability to distinguish plagiarism from non-plagiarism, familiarity with the quotation rules, and the awareness of the codes of honor in colleges – all these steps will lead today’s school kids to a successful career.
The participants number – 11 people.

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20 September, 2017

Oz the Great and Powerful

The members of the “Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipro, Ukraine, had watched a film Oz the Great and Powerful.
 Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi.  Based on L. Frank Baum's Oz novels.  Oz the Great and Powerful is a spiritual prequel to the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, The Wizard of Oz.
The film tells the story of Oscar Diggs, a deceptive magician who arrives in the Land of Oz and encounters three witches: Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. Oscar is then enlisted to restore order in Oz, while struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself.
WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed.
Participants – 12 persons.
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