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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11 April, 2017

We are ready for summer traveling!

Activate English. 5.9.: “We are ready for summer traveling!”
The Activate English Group #5 at DOUNB library is an integral part of the EXPRESS-ENGLISH course offered to the Window on America Dnipro visitors in year 2017.
The Activate English Group 5.9. had a session today. All the participants found the session educational and helpful.
The students who attended all 10 lessons of the course will receive Certificates of Attendance.
Instructor: T. Gavryliyuk
Pictures: S.Usenko
Participants number –  55 persons.

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Innovative approaches in US Farm Biz

"Window on America” Dnipro continues to participate in the project “WOA Special” from the famous US broadcaster “Voice of America”.
The project is offered by the "Voice of America”’s Ukrainian service and the popular Ukrainian journalist Zoreslav Baydyuk who works in the USA.
Today WOA’s regular patrons - students of the "Basic English" Express Course – arrived to the class earlier than usual to watch a documentary. This afternoon they will learn about innovative approaches to agri-business in the USA.
Our Ukrainian viewers were surprised that in US the popularity of agri-tourism is growing. Both children and adults are interested in growing vegetables. Natural dairy products can now be purchased from farmers and urban gardens where people grow vegetables themselves become very popular.
The Americans have realized the value of organic vegetables, the food waste issues are also debated in the communities.
To encourage Ukrainians to engage into agri-business in Ukraine the film-makers suggest such source of income as breeding of alpacas - South American lamas.
We are grateful to the Voice of America’s Ukrainian service and the US State Department for the opportunity to learn more interesting and helpful facts about the life in USA .We will additionally announce the screening of the next VOA’s series.
Number of viewers – 40 students of the "Activate English" Express Course.
Presenter and pictures: S.Usenko.

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Dnipro WOA and Teacher's Trainning Event

Dnipro WOA and TEACHERS’ TRAINING EVENT.

This afternoon WOA staff helped the Dnipro City Education Department to host a training session for the English teachers at the DOUNB Library. The WOA’s equipment was used during the seminar for secondary school teacher on Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT). This test provided by Cambridge English is ideal for people who want to prove their teaching knowledge with a globally recognized certificate. The WOA staff presented the Center’s resources to the Dnipro city teachers and invited them to cooperate in English study and intercultural education.
 Participants number – 60 persons.

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10 April, 2017

Rewards the activist and volunteer

Dnipro Window on America center REWARDS the ACTIVIST WOA’s loyal patron and volunteer Serhij Barabash on occasion of his birthday received a Gratitude letter from the facility. Being an engineering student of the local University Serhij regularly attends different departments the DOUNB Library. Besides, he is keen on improving his knowledge of the English language and is an activist of the Gabfest English speaking Club. Among Serhij’s volunteer help to WOA was a school visit with the presentation "Winter in our city", help with routine activities at the WOA center. Much appreciated was Serhij’s help at the WOA Center during the repair period: he helped to move the furniture and equipment and to clean the office after the repair.
Happy birthday and thanks for your volunteering!

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08 April, 2017

Mr. Armando's gift

This afternoon the UK guest Mr. Armando gifted the Union flag to the Gabfest Club (in Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine).

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Arizona and Visa-free Travel

This afternoon the WOA’s speaking club session (in Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) was attended by foreign guests from the USA and the UK.
During the first part of the session Mr. Edison made a presentation about his home state Arizona. He presented the nature, the main industries, the food and culture, the universities and the major tourist attractions of Arizona. The group was impressed with the Monument Valley, rodeos and other Edison’s stories about Arizona.
The second part of the session was dedicated to the conversation about EU visa-free entry for Ukrainians. The group was offered new vocabulary about navigating boarder control. The topic was also illustrated with relevant videos about visa waiver for Ukrainians.


The foreign guests and club members shared funny stories about border crossing in various countries. The lucky owners of Ukrainian biometric passports mentioned the features of the advanced technology documents.
At the end of the session the UK guest Mr. Armando gifted the Union Jack flag to the Gabfest Club.
The session was educational and urges the club members to increase their tourist mobility in Summer time.
Participants number – 42 persons.

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06 April, 2017

Food and “My breakfast”

This afternoon the session of the Basic English Group 5.9. took place at the DOUNB Library in Window on America Dnipro (Ukraine). The Group was founded as a training site for people who never studied English or for those who need to return to the basics of the language.
The Basic Group was familiarized with the vocabulary to the topic “FOOD”. The text by Ogden showed the students how to operate basic verbs and substitute complex meanings with simple grammatical constructions. The members of the group are now able to describe "My breakfast". All the participants found the session educational and helpful.
Instructor: T. Gavryliyuk.
Pictures: S. Usenko.
Participant numbers – 52 persons.
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Amazing film about American Technology

A big group of Dnipro "Window on America" patrons watched a film about the American Technology.
The viewers raptly watched the plot and learned about new opportunities in curing rare diseases. Three-dimensional printing devices print human organs and help to fight the pests – California beetles. Many of those present have even never heard about “the virtual reality”, while it has been used by Armed forces of Ukraine. In the times of energy crisis it is possible to produce the fuel even of trash. The most stunning thing was to see NASA creating the aircraft of the future.
Number of viewers – 40 students of the "Basic English" Express Course.
Presenter and pictures: S.Usenko.
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05 April, 2017

Salvador

Tonight we, the Wednesday Movie Club members (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) offered the big screening of the film Salvador (1986).Salvador is a 1986 American war drama film co-written and directed by Oliver Stone. Stone wrote the screenplay with Richard Boyle. It stars James Woods as Richard Boyle, alongside Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy and Elpidia Carrillo, with John Savage, and Cynthia Gibb in supporting roles.
The film tells the story of an American ex-IPN journalist and one-time author of the 1972 book The Flower of the Dragon: The Breakdown of the U.S. Army in Vietnam, covering the Salvadoran Civil War who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right wing military while trying to rescue his native girlfriend and her children. The film is highly sympathetic towards the left wing revolutionaries and strongly critical of the U.S.-supported military, focusing on the murder of four American churchwomen, including Jean Donovan, and the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero by a death squad. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Woods) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Stone and Boyle).

WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed.
Participants number – 15  persons.
#Salvador #WednesdayMovieClub #DniproWOA
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04 April, 2017

Disadvantages of one’s profession

Activate English Group 5.8.: Disadvantages of one’s profession.
The "Activate English” group session took place today. The students actively communicated in pairs. During the previous lesson we talked about the advantages of their work, today it was necessary to name the disadvantages of one’s profession. The group mentioned such disadvantages as "long working hours", "nervous activity", "noisy children", "visit of the tax authorities", "equipment that often breaks down”, "low wages" and others. We reviewed grammatical rules for comparative degree of adjectives and practices several exercises. The group reviews new vocabulary for the topic "Transport". The students received homework to prepare a story about the transport which they use on a daily basis, during the holidays, fares for city transport, etc.
The professional EFL lecturer T. Gavryliuk combined 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.
Number of participants – 51 persons.

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