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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16 September, 2017

Speed English: Charity and Volunteerism

The topic for the Speed English in Dnipro Window on America center was charity and volunteerism. The participants  talked about their own participation in charity and  civic projects.
The practice of charity means the voluntary giving of help to those in need, as a humanitarian act.
The word "charity" entered the English language through the Old French word "charité", which was derived from the Latin "caritas".
Participants number – 26 persons.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

This afternoon the Gabfest Club’s session in Dnipro Window on America center started with the introductions of the first-timers. Half a dozen new-comers presented themselves to the regular club members and answered their questions.
The official topic of the session was “Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA”. We discussed infographics about the role of Hispanic community in the US society. The group watched and discussed several YouTube videos about Hispanic Festival in Miami. Our US Volunteer Mr. Joseph added his own impressions about visiting Miami.
The group was introduced to the music popular with Hispanic Americans – Tejano. Tejano music or Tex-Mex music (Texan-Mexican music) is the name given to various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas. Central to the evolution of Tejano music was the blend of traditional forms and Continental European styles, such as polka introduced by German and Czech settlers in the late 19th century. In particular, the accordion was adopted by Tejano folk musicians at the turn of the 20th century, and it became a popular instrument for amateur musicians in Texas and Northern Mexico.
The group was presented with the dramatic story of “the Queen of Tejano” – Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. The group managed to establish quite a few Hispanic elements even in the everyday life of modern Ukraine – mostly food and animal world.

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13 September, 2017

Elysium

The members of the “Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipro, Ukraine, had watched a Elysium.
Elysium is a 2013 American science fiction film produced, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. It stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, and Sharlto Copley. The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth, and a luxurious space habitat (Stanford torus design) called Elysium. The film itself offers deliberate social commentary which explores political and sociological themes such as immigration, overpopulation, health care, worker exploitation, the justice system, and social class issues.
The film tells about how in the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
The Movie Club members discussed the film and the majority of the viewers found some merits in it.
Participants number – 8 persons.

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WOA Dnipro and Training for Ukrainian Librarians

This morning the WOA Dnipro facilitated the DOUNB’s skills up-grade training for regional libraries’ personnel. The WOA’s audio-visual equipment was used for the presentations about the modern methods of library operations.
The WOA Dnipro’s staff member T. Gavryliuk offered to the training participants the WOA’s promotional flyers, presented the new Big Book decoration and the free resources of the WOA Center.
The librarians from the provincial libraries promised to promote the WOA Dnipro among their patrons and partner schools.
Participants number – 27 persons.

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11 September, 2017

Memory Day 9/11 at Window on America Dnipro

 Sixteen years ago about three thousand Americans and other countries citizens died. Among them were 12 people with Ukrainian roots. Terrorist attacks took place in New York and Washington. September 11 became the day of remembrance and a day of solidarity against international terrorism. "Window to America" Dnipro Information and Resource Center presented the table display that reminds about the victims and heroic actions of rescuers and firefighters. This terrorist act has changed the peaceful life of the United States. People are united against the external threat.
Participants number – 12 persons.

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09 September, 2017

Conversation goes on after session at WOA Dnipro

A Dnipro City Day Surprise! This afternoon 4 foreign guests arrived to the WOA Center to communicate in English with Gabfest Club members. Our American volunteers came to say hello and brought their Dutch friend with them.
The Gabfest Club members recommended the guests all sorts of entertainment during the City Day Celebration.
Participants number – 10 persons.


 

Dnipro City Day celebrations at DniproWOA

This afternoon the Gabfest Club session was dedicated to the Anniversary of the Dnipro City foundation. To start the ball rolling the group was asked to tell our American volunteers about such tourist attractions of the city as fortresses.  The group briefed the guests on the fun historical facts about the fortresses and recommended the interesting events that take place there (Rock festivals, Cossack festivals, medieval festivals, etc.).
In the official part of the session we have decided to tell our American guests about the City’s international partners. This allowed us to introduce the topic of “sister city”. Sister cities are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. We have watched a video about the Sister Cities International and the friendship between the US and China capital cities. The group told the American guests about the present Dnipro’s sister cities and suggested the sister city for Dnipro in the USA. The suggestions ranged from Washington to Houston and Detroit. We also analyzed the   list of sister cities in Ukraine and USA and talked about the benefits of such friendship.
 

In the second part of the session our US volunteer Mr. Jason shared his travel experiences around Baltic and Scandinavian countries. The Club members asked Jason many questions as many of them visited the Baltic capitals earlier.
Number of participants – 23 persons.


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WOA's Dnipro City Day Outdoor Session

On the occasion of the Dnipro City Day the Window on America center (Dnipro / Ukraine) staff participated in the traditional libraries’ presentation event «A Date with Dnipropetrovsk oblast Libraries» in the Lazar Hloba park.
At the WOA’s stand the adult visitors received promotional flyers that invited them to use the WOA’s modern resources for English study.
The young visitors of the library fair enjoyed the presentation of the 3D Printing Pens at the WOA Center stand.
The Library fair promoted libraries   among the city residents. It had educational value and expanded the awareness about the new library services.
Number of participants – 80 persons.
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08 September, 2017

DniproWOA's Big Book

Read our books, read with us, read more than we do!
The DOUNB librarians keep urging the patrons to read more books, to learn English in free Library projects, to participate in the WOA Dnipro’s Conversation clubs. Today the Librarians’ efforts are complemented with a 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!
Our American friend, volunteer Mr. Stephen was glad to see on the Big Book page the characters from his favorite film – "The Big Bang Theory". The Historical Museum researcher Sergiy shows the gesture of approval to the chance to study English. Some people were puzzled with the image of Flash, the "fastest" three-toed sloth, as they do not follow American cartoons and do not know this slow character from "Zootopia" cartoon.

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06 September, 2017

Blood Diamond

The members of the “Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipro, Ukraine, had watched a Blood Diamond.
Blood Diamond is a 2006 German-American political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.
Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1991–2002, the film depicts a country torn apart by the struggle between government loyalists and insurgent forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels' amputation of people's hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections.
 

The film's ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, refers to a historic meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa, in 2000. It led to development of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which sought to certify the origin of rough diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds, but has since been mostly abandoned as ineffective.
The film received mixed but generally favorable reviews, with praise directed mainly to the performances of DiCaprio and Hounsou; they were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
The Movie Club members discussed the film and the majority of the viewers found some merits in it.
Participants number – 7 persons.
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05 September, 2017

WOA’s New Partner – SOROPTIMIST Dnipro

This afternoon WOA’s long-time volunteer Mr. Joseph introduced us to a new partner – the Dnipro filial organization of the SOROPTIMIST International and its Head – Ms. Svitlana.
Founded in 1921 in Oakland, California, United States, SOROPTIMIST International (SI) is a worldwide volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The organization seeks equality, peace, and international goodwill for women.
The organization comprises approximately 95,000 members in more than 125 countries and territories worldwide who contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects. Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of service to their communities.
The name "Soroptimist" was coined by combining the Latin words soror "sister" and optima "best", and can be taken to mean "best for women".
The WOA Dnipro staff arranged a DOUNB Library Tour for Mr. Joseph and Ms. Svitlana. We hope for the future partnership and cooperation with this international community of people.
Participant number – 3  persons.
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02 September, 2017

Speed English: Vandalism

Speed English at Dnipro WOA: Vandalism”.
This afternoon the Speed English activity at Gabfest Club in #DniproWOA was dealing with the topic “Vandalism”. The WOA’s foreign guests actively participated in the conversations. They have   discussed what is often vandalized in our city and how we fight vandalism.
Participant number – 32  persons.

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International Charity Day

Window on America center in Dnipro city. This afternoon at English-speaking club Gabfest we introduced the UN observance – International Day of Charity. It was established in 2012 to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on September, 5. Every year charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people. Education and giving are the essence of this special day.
 

The Gabfest Club members were thrilled today as two foreign guests joined the session today. Our long-time US volunteer Mr. Jason commented on the charity traditions of the USA. He explained for the group such American phenomena as “Food Banks” and “Charity Navigator”. The modern charity event was also introduced – the so called #GivingTuesday. “Giving Tuesday” refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving celebration. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Our second foreign guest was an English-speaking professor from Austria. He told the group about his charity projects in Asian countries.
 

The group had a Q@A session with the Austrian guest. It was very challenging for the majority of the club members to understand the native and non-native fluent speakers in one session.
Participant number – 32  persons.

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New viewers of the exhibition

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 September.