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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Discussion Topic: Spies

Working in pairs. Explain the following English Proverbs:
1. Curiosity Killed the Cat. Are you a curious person? Did your curiosity ever cause you any problems?

Read more: Source: http://cats-portal.ru

Curiosity killed a cat
Rus. дословно/literally Любопытство убило кошку
Rus. Любопытной Варваре на базаре нос оторвали
Rus. Много будешь знать — скоро состаришься
Rus. От любопытства кошка сдохла
A person who tries to find out too much about other people's affairs is likely to suffer injury or harm; a warning to mind one's own business. -Любопытство до добра не доведёт.


2. Explain and make comment on this proberb: Money is a good servant but a bad master. Do you think its possible to have too much money? Did you ever feel that money was your master?
Read more: http://www.oppapers.com/essays/Money-Good-Servant-But-Bad-Master/91036


II. Discussion Topic:
On Thursday evening, we began talking about spies… today we will continue.
1. What characteristics are needed to be a good spy? Do you think you have any of these qualities?
2. Last year the United States caught a spy from Russia who was very beautiful. Do you think that being physically attractive helps a spy? Why?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Peace Corps Volunteering

English Proverbs

All That Glitters is Not Gold. Do you agree with this proverb? Can you think of an example of something that, “Glitters” but is not “Gold”?
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/28450.html, http://www.allinterview.com/showanswers/10413.html

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve. What is the meaning of this saying? Are you such a person who wears your heart on your sleeve?
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/403000.html

Discussion Topic: The Peace Corps Volunteering
This past week, the man who started the Peace Corps, Sargent Shriver died. His wife also was active in volunteer work, and was the founder of the Special Olympics.
1. Have you met any of the Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine? What is it like to communicate with them?
2. What do you think are the goals of the Peace Corps? Why are there so many Americans coming to Ukraine as volunteers?
3. What do you think would be unusual or interesting about life in Ukraine for an American volunteer?

Peace Corps Volunteering

        До Інформаційного Центру «Вікно в Америку» з робочим візитом завітав координатор проекту розвитку громад  Корпусу Миру США в Україні Марат Кюрчевський. На зустріч з ним прийшли представники різних громадських організацій, а також волонтери Корпусу Миру США, які працюють у нашому місті або є його гостями.
       Під час зустрічі Марат Кюрчевський розповів про діяльність Корпусу Миру, яка відбувається через співпрацю добровольців з організаціями країни-партнера, що запросила Корпус Миру до себе. Добровольці - американські громадяни, що виявили бажання приїхати та працювати в місцевих організаціях протягом двох років. Наразі Корпус Миру здійснює свою діяльність у 73 країнах світу – в Європі та Азії, в Латинській Америці та Африці. Вже протягом чотирьох десятиліть Корпус Миру надає технічну допомогу шляхом втілення в життя програм у сфері освіти, розвитку громад, сприяння розвитку бізнесу, захисту навколишнього середовища, сільського господарства, охорони здоров’я та роботи з молоддю.
       Програма Корпусу Миру зареєстрована в Міністерстві економіки України як проект технічної допомоги США Україні. Партнерськими міністерствами Корпусу Миру є Міністерство економіки України, Міністерство освіти та науки та Міністерство у справах сім’ї, молоді та спорту.
Під час зустрічі було обговорено аспекти подальшої співпраці між Корпусом Миру США та ВОУНБ ім. К.А. Тімірязєва щодо реалізації  проектів культурної та  соціальної спрямованості задля розвитку місцевих громад.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

English Club - January 22


Introductions
Did you enjoy the holiday season that just ended? Which is the best or most interesting of these holidays for you (Christmas, New Year, Old New Year, etc.)
When you were in school, who was the best teacher that you ever had? What made this teacher so special?

Discussion Topic: 
1. Other than your parents, what person had the biggest impact on you when you were a child?
2. Do you believe that parents should be strict with their children? Were your parents strict with you? Do you think that this helped you?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

PARENTS

Introductions
Did you enjoy the holiday season that just ended? Which is the best or most interesting of these holidays for you? (Christmas, New Year, Old New Year, etc.)
When you were in school, who was the best teacher that you ever had? What made this teacher so special?

Discussion Topic: PARENTS
1.Other than your parents, what person had the biggest impact on you when you were a child?
2.Do you believe that parents should be strict with their children? Were your parents strict with you? Do you think that this helped you?
3.Is it Ok to spank children if they are acting badly? If no, how should you correct them if they have bad behavior?
4.Do you think that it is good when teachers are strict with their students?

Open Questions Game

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Martin Luther King


Introductions
  ·        Does the weather sometimes affect your mood? Are you happier on sunny days than on rainy days?
  ·        In your opinion, what is your idea of the perfect weekend?

Discussion Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
   1.      What do you know about the life of Martin Luther King, 
  Jr. already? (Then our American volunteers can tell us more)
   2.      Can you  think of any other world leaders who remind you of Dr. King? Maybe someone from the history of Ukraine?
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”
3.      Do you believe that Equality exists in Ukrainian society? What are the areas where inequality exists?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Psychic Powers

Introductions
·        What new place would you like to visit for the first time 
this year?
·        What was the most spontaneous thing you have ever 
done?
Short Grammar Quiz
Discussion Topic: Psychic Powers
1.     Do you believe that some people have special mental powers (such as telekinesis, telepathy, thought reading, prophecy)? Have you ever met such a person?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

The 8th of January becomes the starting point of the English-Speaking Club meetings.

The topic of this meeting is discussion of ways to celebrate New Year and Christmas. The participants share with their own ideas. Some of them prefer travelling to staying at home because of being young and not having chair days yet. They suggest spending their time in Bukovel as one of the expressive and unforgettable ways to have happy New Year and Christmas time. Most of the participants like to have this time with their families. So, it gives a chain-react for the following discussion of every pair.