14 April, 2018

Speed English on the topic “Space”

Speed English on the topic “Space” at WOA Dnipro.
This afternoon the Gabfest Club members (Window on America center, Dnipro, Ukraine) had a Speed English session. The space topic was welcomed by all participants as they live in the space capital of Ukraine and are proud of that.
Participants number – 26 persons.

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Yuri’s Night at WOA Dnipro

This afternoon the Gabfest Club session (Window on America center, Dnipro, Ukraine) started with the introduction of the new-comers. The regular club members as always asked them tricky questions about the role of English in their lives.
The official topic of the session was “The First Manned Spaceflight Anniversary”. The group was introduced to such US phenomenon as “Yuri’s Night”. Yuri's Night events "combine space-themed partying with education and outreach". Parties and events are held at NASA centers, museums, schools, bars, houses, and other locations.

The goal of Yuri's Night is to increase public interest in space exploration and to inspire a new generation of explorers. Driven by space-inspired artistic expression and culminating in a worldwide network of annual celebrations and educational events, Yuri's Night creates a global community of young people committed to shaping the future of space exploration while developing responsible leaders and innovators with a global perspective. These global events are a showcase for elements of culture that embrace space including music, dance, fashion, and art.
We have watched several illustrative videos about Yuri’s parties in different US cities and discussed them.
The space topic was welcomed by all participants as they live in the space capital of Ukraine and are proud of that.
Participants number – 30 persons.

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12 April, 2018

English for beginners: Start English

A new mini project "English for beginners: Start English" has been launched in Window on America center in Dnipro. Volunteer Anna Motorina generously shared her knowledge with the club members attended the club today. We concentrated our attention around reading rules for the vowels.
Number of participants – 15 persons.


Ukraine’s Tourist Attractions - 2

The young visitors once again excited the DOUNB library's silence. A regular training session for younger schoolchildren took place at “Window on America” Center. The “Grass-Hoppers” Club penetrated deeper into the topic "Ukraine’s Tourist Attractions" with WOA’s volunteer Anna Motorina.
We enlarged our stories with adjectives. Anna supported us with her ideas how to write the advertisement brochure. We believe that the parents of our club members will also contribute to this activity at home.
She told the club members in English about the capital of Ukraine - Kyiv, Cossacks’ Khortytsya, Kamyanets-Podilskyi castle, musical fountains of Vinnitsa, the landscape park "Sofiyivka".
The best responses were graded in American style – with A, B, C.

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Presentation of WOA’s resources for students

The "Window on America" center (Dnipro / Ukraine) had a presentation of free resources for those wishing to improve their English skills. The presentation was arranged for the third-year students group from the Dnipro National University named after O.Gonchar (DNU).
They listened to the presentation of the helpful library resources for languages’ study and free resources for improving the English skills. Students examined the WOA’s technical equipment, the DOUNB Library’s collection of documents in foreign languages at the respective department, the poster display “Homeland in Exile” and “DOG – America’s favorite pet”.
Students learned about the popular WOA’s activities:
- free access to the digital “eLibrary USA” to prepare academic papers,
- possibility to watch US movies with authentic soundtrack (in a group or individually),
- possibility to meet native speakers at the “Gabfest” English-speaking club sessions,
- “Activate English” course.
The students reviewed the promotional trailer about the library resources and received promotional materials. They were invited to follow the WOA’s announcements via the website, social networks (Facebook), to view reference materials and on-line links to the blog.
Number of participants – 12 persons.

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11 April, 2018

Life or Something Like It

«Wednesday Movie Club» in DniproWOA offered the big screening of the film “Life or Something Like It”.
The warm discussion followed the film watching and touched the different aspects of the film: the actors’ playing, the director’s work, the soundtracks and the lifestyles of the fiction heroes.  
Life or Something Like It is a 2002 romantic comedy/drama film directed by Stephen Herek. The film focuses on television reporter Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) and her quest to find meaning in her life. The original music score was composed by David Newman. The film's taglines are: "Destiny is what you make of it" and "What if you had only 7 days to live?"
Number of participants – 8.

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