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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Black History Week - February 24 to March 4

Black History Month is a remembrance of the events in the history of the African diaspora. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the U.S., Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.
Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. The goal of Black History Week was to educate the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements /http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month/
This Week in Black History is compiled by Robert Taylor
 /http://www.washingtoninformer.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5396:-week-of-january-28-to-february-3&catid=67:black-history&Itemid=140/
February 26
1920 – Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) founds the first nationally organized celebration of Black American history then called Negro History Week which was first celebrated on this day in 1926. Woodson scheduled the week to coincide with the birthdays of Civil War President Abraham Lincoln and black abolitionist Frederick Douglas. However, in 1976, Negro History Week was expanded into the current day Black History Month.
February 27
1869 – Congress adopts the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution making it illegal for the U.S. government or any state to “deny or abridge” the right to vote “on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.” This was one of the so-called “Reconstruction Amendments (13th, 14th & 15th) that ended slavery, made Blacks full U.S. citizens and guaranteed the right to vote.
February 28
1879 – A date considered by many to mark the beginning of the great “Exodus of 1879” when thousands of blacks begin fleeing racism, violence and economic exploitation in the South for new lives in the Midwest, especially Kansas. One of the most prominent organizers of the exodus was former Tennessee slave Benjamin “Pap” Singleton. An estimated 20,000 blacks take part in the exodus. They were driven in part by the Homestead Act, which promised free land. But by 1880, efforts had already begun to curtail the movement of blacks to the Midwest. In 1881, Pap Singleton was hauled before a Senate investigative committee looking into his role in the exodus.
March 1
1739 – The British government is forced to sign a peace treaty with the Jamaican Maroons. The Maroons were escaped slaves or put another way Africans who refused to be slaves. When the Spanish lost Jamaica to the British in 1665, they freed many of their slaves and called them Maroons or “wild.” The Maroons set up villages, were frequently joined by other escaped slaves and eventually began to wage a highly successful guerrilla war against the British. Under the terms of the peace treaty, the Maroons were designated a free people and given 1,500 acres of land.
March 2
1896 – Ethiopia defeats Italy at the battle of Adowa (also called Adwa). It was one of the few successful military victories of Africans over Europeans as the latter attempted to colonize and economically exploit the African continent. Lead by general was Ras Makonnen – father of the man who would become next Emperor Haile Selassie, the left 6,000 Italians and 10,000 Ethiopians dead. But the victory forced Europe to recognize Ethiopia as an independent and sovereign nation.
March 3
1968 – The infamous COINTELPRO memorandum is sent to FBI field offices around the country. COINTELPRO was a government counter intelligence program aimed at disrupting and destroying black, peace and anti-war groups. The March 3rd memorandum specifically called on FBI agents to infiltrate militant black organizations and employ various tactics to prevent them from growing individually or uniting with one another. 
March 4
1922 – Comedic great Bert Williams dies of pneumonia in New York City at the age of 46. What Jackie Robinson did for blacks by breaking the color bar in major league baseball, Bert Williams did on the American stage. He was a comic, singer, writer and producer who spent10 of his 25 years in show business performing with the famous Ziegfield Follies. W.C. Fields once referred to him as “the funniest man I ever saw.” Williams was born Egbert Austin Williams in the Bahamas.

Social Media

Proverbs
A Good Conscience is a Soft Pillow: How do you understand this proverb? Is it true for you? Do you ever have any problems that keep you from sleeping at night, or can you always sleep comfortably?
Adversity is a Good Teacher: Do you agree that hard times can make you stronger or smarter? What are some examples when adversity has made you stronger?

Discussion Topic: Social Media
1. Do you think that you could lose some privacy because of new technology? Do you feel any loss of Privacy because of website such as Facebook or vKontakti?
2. What do you think about websites that sell your information to advertisers?

3. Recently, such as during protests in Egypt, social networks have been used for political purposes. Have you joined any movements or causes that you learned about on a social network? Do these networks have any political or social power?

4. Can you imagine any problems that may arise because of a participation in a social network?
5. What new networks will come about during the next 10 years? How will social networking grow and change?

Mystery Questions
Can you imagine some situation when you would be willing to work for free? What kind of work would it be?
Would you like to be the director of a big business? Do you think that this kind of work suits you and your personality?

If you could start all over again, what would you change about your profession? What would study at the university?

What was your dream as a child? Does it still remain in anyway?
What was the most unusual thing you have ever seen on a train, or bus?
Do you think that you would like to be a stage actress or singer? Would you be nervous performing in front of so many people?
If you didn’t have to worry about money, how would you spend your days?
If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
If you had to be either three inches taller, or three inches shorter, which would you choose?
If you could be any superhero, which one would you like to be?
Would you rather be known as being good looking or a good person?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Privacy

Proverbs
1. A Man is as Old as He Feels: At what age do you think a person becomes old? Do you consider yourself to be a young or old person? Is your age different from how old you feel yourself to be?
2. A Good Conscience is a Soft Pillow. How do you understand this proverb? Is it true for you? Do you ever have any problems that keep you from sleeping at night, or can you always sleep comfortably?

Discussion Topic: Privacy
1. Is privacy important to you? Are you a private person, or one who is very open with other people? What do you do to try to maintain privacy in your life?
2. What do you think about gossip in rumors? Do you take part in spending gossip or rumors? Have you ever heard a rumor about yourself that wasn’t true?
3. Do you think that you could lose some privacy because of new technology? Do you feel any loss of Privacy because of website such as Facebook or v Kontakti? What do you think about websites that sell your information to advertisers?
4. Have you ever had any problems at your work or school because of your personal life? How did this come about?

Mystery Questions:
1. Can you imagine some situation when you would be willing to work for free? What kind of work would it be?
2. Would you like to be the director of a big business? Do you think that this kind of work suits you and your personality?
3. If you could start all over again, what would you change about your profession? What would you study at the university?
4. What was your dream as a child? Does it still remain in anyway?
5. What was the most unusual thing you have ever seen on a train, or a bus?
6. Do you think that you would like to be a stage actress or singer? Would you be nervous performing in front of so many people?
7. If you didn’t have to worry about money, how would you spend your days?
8. If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
9. If you had to be either three inches taller, or three inches shorter, which would you choose?
10. If you could be any superhero, which one would you like to be?
11. Would you rather be known as being good looking or a good person?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

History of the United States During the Administrations of Jefferson (1801–1809)

Henry Adams
History of the United States During the Administrations of Jefferson (1801–1809)
One of the greatest histories ever written in English, Henry Adams's History of the United States is remarkable for its fullness of detail, its penetrating insight, and above all its strong, lively, and ironic style. First published in nine volumes from 1889 to 1891, this classic work was out of print for several decades until The Library of America reissued it in two volumes: the first volume on the years of Thomas Jefferson's presidency and the second devoted to those of James Madison.

With a cast of characters including Aaron Burr, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Gallatin, John Randolph, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and the complex, brilliantly delineated character of Thomas Jefferson, the first volume is unrivaled in its handling of diplomatic intrigue and political factionalism. Upon assuming office, Jefferson discovers that his optimistic laissez-faire principles—designed to prevent American government from becoming a militaristic European "tyranny"—clash with the realities of European war and American security. The party of small government presides over the Louisiana Purchase, the most extensive use of executive power the country has yet seen. Jefferson's embargo—a high-minded effort at peaceable coercion—breeds corruption and smuggling, and the former defender of states' rights is forced to use federal power to suppress them. The passion for peace and liberty pushes the country toward war.


Atlas of USA Presidents Head Honchos of America


Atlas of USA Presidents Head Honchos of America

Presents profiles of the American presidents and first ladies. Allows students to select presidents from a chronological list and review images, biographies, and historical information about each president and his election. Features a special historical map showing the location of major events within a president's term. 

Media: CD-ROM
Product Features
Recorded voices of presidents of the twentieth century from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
Pictures and biographies for each president and first lady.
Narrated speeches from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
Easy to copy pictures and data into reports or just print directly from this CD-ROM. Presidential symbols; seal, oath of office, etc
No hard drive space required, no system files changed. Matching games for the serious historian or just for fun.

CD Description
Portraits, bios and facts for all the Presidents! Great for Reports! Features on the first ladies, past elections and the White House!

USA Presidents is an exciting new way to understand our nation's leaders. have fun using the matching game to test your knowledge identifying all the presidents, their vice-presidents, and their terms of office. Also included are pictures and biographies of the First Ladies of America!

Windows 95 / 98 / NT / XP

USA Presidents 
www.ft.com/USA 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Exercise in Our Lives


 Topic: Exercise in Our Lives
Do you like to play sports? What are you favourite sports to play?
Do you do morning exercises? Every day? For how many minutes are you training in the morning?
When you were a child. Did you like to play in the snow? Do you like this snowy weather?

Interview Your Neighbor
What time do you like to get up in the morning?
Would you rather live in a private house or in an apartment? Why?
Tell 3 new facts about your neighbor:
1.
2.
3.
Games!!!
    

English Club Blog – www.woavinnitsa.blogspot.com

Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday?


Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. It originally honored the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Now, other presidents are also honored on this day, which is why it is often known as Presidents' Day.

У Сполучених Штатах святкують День президентів
Американці сьогодні вшановують пам’ять двох видатних лідерів країни - Джорджа Вашингтона та Абрагама Лінкольна.
Державне свято засновано у 1968 році резолюцією Конгресу про відзначення дня народження першого президента США Джорджа Вашингтона кожного року у третій понеділок лютого.
16-ий президент США Абрагам Лінкольн також народився у лютому, отож американці, як правило, вшановують у цей день пам’ять обох лідерів. Дехто навіть вважає, що цей день присвячений посаді президента США і слід відзначати усіх колишніх президентів країни.  
Для багатьох американців це вихідний з праці день. Державні установи і чимало шкіл у країні закриті.
День народження Вашингтона, який припадає на 22-ге лютого, країна святкувала задовго до оголошення його державним святом. Перше офіційне святкування відбулося у 1885 році.

Американці у багатьох штатах також святкували день народження президента Лінкольна (12-го лютого), який загинув від кулі вбивці через кілька днів після закінчення Громадянської війни у 1865 році.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Advertising in Society

Hypothetical Questions
If someone asked you to help them cheat on a test would you do it? What if it was a very close friend of yours?
If you could have one wish come true this year, what would it be?

Discussion Topic: Advertising in Society
1.Do you think that there is too much advertising in our society?
2.Do you know of any examples of advertising that was unethical? (For example, cigarette advertisements aimed at children).
3.Some people feel that advertisements that use a woman's body to sell a product are wrong. What do you think? Should such advertisements be forbidden?
4.What is the funniest or most original advertisement you have ever seen?

Mystery Questions


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Strength in Weakness???

Proverbs
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: How do you understand this proverb? Can you think of some examples when you miss something when it is gone, but don't enjoy it so much when you have it?
All Publicity is Good Publicity: Do you believe that all publicity is good publicity?
Do you believe in self-promotion at work or at the university?

Discussion Topic: Strength in Weakness???
1.How do you understand the idea of a person's strength being found in their weakness? Can you think of any examples of this?
2.Last time we discussed Shakespeare's quote, “Family, thy name is Woman”. Do you think that woman have an ability to use their weakness as strengths? Do men also have such an ability?
3.Do you think that strong women are attractive to men? Do you think that weaker women are more attractive to men than strong women? Why?
4.Many psychologists say that women prefer men who are strong (both physically and in character). Can it ever be attractive for a man to be weak?
5.In general, do you think that people should be very self-confident? What does it mean to be self-confident for you?
6.Can a person be both humble and self-confident?

Віртуальна Бібліотека в Інформаційно-Ресурсному Центрі "Вікно в Америку"

17 лютого у рамках проекту Посольства США в Україні у відділі літератури іноземними мовами та Інформаційно-ресурсному Центрі “Вікно в Америку” відбулась презентація електронних баз даних Virtual Library (“Віртуальна Бібліотека”) під назвою “Е-книги та Е-журнали” для бібліотекарів районних та сільських бібліотек. Під час презентації учасники ознайомились з можливостями використання таких відомих електронних БД, як GALE, Ebrary, EBSCOhost, Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids, Pop Culture Universe та інших.
Усі зацікавлені мали нагоду здійснити самостійно пошук за темою “Бібліотечний менеджмент”  у базі даних “Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts”. 


Детальніше ознайомитись з інформаційним ресурсом БД “ Віртуальна Бібліотека” можливо на www.vlib.interchange.at, а також на блозі “Вікно в Америку” - www.woavinnitsa.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Favourite Kinds of Ethnic Foods

English Club “Discovery”
I. Pair work. Activity 1. We are both …
Topic: Favourite Kinds of Ethnic Foods
1. What is your favorite food? (What and why?)(Ukrainian, Mexican, French, German, American, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Italian …).
2. Are there restaurants in your city or any other Ukrainian city that serve these kinds of foods?

3. Which of the foods have you tried? Which would you like to try?
4. What other kinds of foods do you like?
Two kinds of food you like
two kinds of food you can't stand
two kinds of food you are in the mood for

Discussion:              What 10 Foods make America Great?

Mexican Food
FAJITA
Any grilled meat served on a flour or corn tortilla. Popular meats today also include chicken,pork, shrimp and all cuts of beef. In restaurants, the meat is often cooked withonions and bell peppers.
AN ENCHILADA
An enchilada is a corn or flour tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, seafood or combinations.
A QUESADILLA
A quesadilla  is Mexican food made primarily of cheese inside a folded corn or wheat tortilla and cooked until the cheese melts. Occasionally other ingredients are added with the cheese, such as chicken, beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, olives, and seafood, to add variety to the dish. The word comes from Spanish. Quesadillas always have cheese in them. The Mexican quesadilla has been adopted in many regions of the United States. It's mostly prepared the same, but using local ingredients instead.
TORTILLA
The Spanish word tortilla denotes two different classes of foods. In Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba  and South America, a tortilla is any omelette, often a round, layered omelette (i.e., not folded over), most typically made with chopped potatoes (tortilla de patatas) cooked in vegetable oil, mixed with beaten eggs and such seasonings as the chef desires, and cooked very slowly on the stove. It is usually served cold as an appetizer, or bar snack.
Making Sandwiches and Singing a song "A Sandwich" and "Sandwiches"
   A Sandwich
Sandwich Sandwich
I'm in love with you!
You've got Lettuce
And tomatoes too!
***
Mayonnaise and Cheese!
You're the one for me!
Wo oh oh....
***
Sandwich Sandwich
Sandwich Sandwich
Sandwich Sandwich


WHAT IS CIVIL SOCIETY?

CIVIL SOCIETY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
1.  What are the most pressing issues facing civil society in your country? 
2.  How does civil society engage the government in your country? 
3.  How does the government in your country engage civil society?  Is it receptive to civil society?  
Does it recognize the contributions that civil society offers in your society?    
4.  What is the role of civil society in a free society? 
5.  What is the role of civil society in a closed society? 
6.  How do you define “civil society”?  Is “civil society” different or unique in your country from 
other countries?  If so, how? 
7.  What role do you think international organizations should play in supporting civil society in your 
country? 
8.  What role, if any, should governments play in supporting civil society actors in other countries? 
9.  Throughout history, civil society has made invaluable contributions to the world. What examples 
come to mind? 
10. What would you recommend the United States do most effectively implement the objectives of 
the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society? 
11. What issues should the various working groups explore? 
12. How should the United States structure the working groups? 
13. How should membership in the working groups be decided? 
14. How often should the working groups meet? 
15. Where should the working groups meet?   
16. What would you like to see the working groups do? 
17. What objectives would you outline for each working group? 
18. What role do you play in strengthening civil society within your country? 
19. How do you think the United States supports civil society abroad? What can the U.S. do to 
better support civil society around the world?  
20. Which countries do the best job of supporting civil society in your country? Explain. 
21. Which countries do the worst job of supporting civil society in your country? Explain. 
22. Does civil society organize effectively in your country? 
23. What are the factors that limit civil society’s ability to organize in your country? 
24. What are the factors that enable civil society to organize in your country? 
25. What are the factors that limit civil society’s ability to influence the government in your 
country? 
26. What are the factors that enable civil society’s ability to influence the government in your 
country? 
27. What is the history of civil society in your country? 
28. What opportunities exist for civil society to influence domestic policy in your country? 
29. What kind of relationship should civil society and the business sector have in your country? 
30. Has information technology, the Internet and social media changed how civil society functions in 
your country?  Does civil society in  your country understand how to use this new media?   
31. How do civil society groups in your country share information? 
32. What elements make civil society truly vibrant? 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Animal Rights

Proverbs
Much Ado About Nothing. How do you understand this proverb? What are some examples that you know of that represent this saying?
Frailty, Thy Name is Woman. Here Shakespeare is using a stereotype that women have a weaker character than men? What do you think about this statement? What are the differences between the character of men and women?

Discussion Topic: Animal Rights
1. Do you believe that an animal can have any rights? What are they?
2. Sometimes animals are used in the testing of some products. This testing is sometimes unhealthy for them. Would you use a product if you know that animals had been tested on during production?
3. What is your opinion of Vegetarianism? Do people have the right to use animals for food? Should there be any standards about how animals are treated on farms?
4. How do you feel about using animals for fur coats or leather gloves or shoes? In your opinion, is there any difference between using fur and using leather?
5. What is your opinion of scientific testing on animals? Do you think its Ok to use animals for scientific research?
6. There is a problem in Ukraine about too many stray dogs. What do you think should be done about this problem?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Downshifting

Proverbs
Love is Blind. How do you understand this proverb? Do you agree with it? What are some examples of when love is blind?
Still Waters Run Deep. This idiom is a more difficult to understand … what do you think it means? Do you think that you are a person like “Still water?”

Discussion Topic: Downshifting
Downshifting is a social behavior in which people live simpler lives to escape from the rat race of obsessive materialism and to reduce the stress, overtime, and psychological expense that may accompany it. It means finding an improved balance between leisure and work, and focusing life goals on personal fulfillment and relationship building of pursuing economic success.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

AMERICAN ETHNIC FOOD

Warming-up
ACTIVITY 1: Predicting Similarities
Write as many entries as possible under each heading, either from your knowledge, or from what you imagine or guess to be true.
We are both …
We both have …
We both like …
When we were younger we both used to ...
In the future both of us will probably …
****************************
sports fanatics =  love to play or watch sports
bookworms = to love to read
gamblers = to like to take chances
clotheshorses = are very fashion-conscious and often have a lot of clothes or spend a lot of time and money on their wardrobes
food freaks = really love food and eating
homebodies = prefer staying home to going out
workaholics = are very hard workers and often work and often work overtime
couch potatoes = prefer watching TV or reading to going out or getting exercise
Activity 2: IDEAL PEOPLE
What is the ideal parent, friend, or partner like? What are two qualities each should have and two qualities each should not have?
                           The person should be ...                The person should not be ...
The ideal parent
The ideal friend
The ideal partner

WATCHING A MOVIE "United Tastes of America" (Dorinda Hafner)
Dorinda Hafner. Devoting her life to collecting recipes from around the world - and revealing the rich stories behind them - Dorinda now focuses her passion for food onto our great American landscape.
Video 1. 
Italian American Tastes
Jewish American Tastes
Southwestern Tastes
Chines American Tastes
Video 2. 
African American Tastes
Cajun Tastes
German American Tastes
Native American Tastes
Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorinda_Hafner
http://www.dorindahafner.com/uta.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzjZUZpVhk4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQai94HfBpI&feature=related
http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/24/american-ethnic-food/
DISCUSSION: 10 Foods that Make America Great 
1.  10 Foods that Make America Great 
2.Hamburgers. Apple pie. Potato chips. Foods that helped shape American nation. What is more? New England clam chowder (Massachusetts), Pastrami (New York), Shoofly pie (Pennsylvania), Smithfield ham (Virginia).
3.The United States is a land of delicious eating from coast to coast and neighborhood to neighborhood. But its cultural and culinary mix makes it impossible to characterize.
4.Americans eat a lot. Most of Americans don't eat at home but prefer to go to restaurants. They can choose from many kinds of restaurants. There is a great number of ethnic restaurants in the United States. Italian, Chinese and Mexican food is very popular. An American institution is the fast food restaurant, which is very convenient but not very healthy. However there are some principles of American cuisine (if we may call it so). Americans drink a lot of juices and soda, eat a lot of meat, fruits and vegetables, not much bread. In the morning Americans have cereal or scrambled eggs, milk or orange juice.
5."There is no American food. When we begin to list American foods, either we talk about regional things like lobster or shrimp Creole, or we talk about spaghetti and pizza and hot dogs...One could argue it's what makes us great. The fact that we don't have a cuisine is a measure of our democracy and of our ethnic heterogeneity." —Sidney Mintz, Anthropologist
6.The United States is a land of delicious eating from coast to coast and neighborhood to neighborhood. But its cultural and culinary mix makes it impossible to characterize.
7.Native American cuisine is corn, beans and squash.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Introduction Questions

In your opinion, what is the nicest compliment that you can receive? Do you like to give compliments? To receive them? What do you think about people who give too many compliments?

Discussion Topic: Communication

1.Do you think that it is possible to make a true friend through the internet? Do you have any good friends who you have never met?
2.How important is it to you to be able to communicate your ideas to other people clearly? Is this difficult in a foreign language?
3.What about love through the internet? Do you think that people who have never met each other could experience true love?
4.Have you ever visited a foreign country where you didn’t speak the language? What did you do in this situation?
5.Do you think that you could have a romantic relationship with a person if both you and your partner could not speak each other’s native language?
6.In any kind of relationship, how important is it to be able to communicate with someone in your own language? Is anything lost in communication when you speak with someone on the phone or through the Internet?

Mystery Questions

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Communication

Introduction Questions
In your opinion, what is the nicest compliment that you can receive? Do you like to give compliments? To receive them? What do you think about people who give too many compliments?
Read more: Best Ways to Say Compliment to Women in Ukraine
http://www.svwsticker.com/best-ways-say-compliment-women-ukraine.html
Romantic Compliments for Any Girl | Most Romantic Things to Say
http://hubpages.com/hub/Most-Romantic-Things-to-Say

Discussion Topic: COMMUNICATION
1.Do you think that it is possible to make a true friend through the Internet? Do you have any good friends who you have never met?
2.How important is it to you to be able to communicate your ideas to other people clearly? Is this difficult in a foreign language?
3.What about love through the Internet? Do you think that people who have never met each other could experience true love?
4.Have you ever visited a foreign country where you didn’t speak the language? What did you do in this situation?
5.Do you think that you could have a romantic relationship with a person if both you and your partner could not speak each other’s native language?
6.In any kind of relationship how important is it to be able to communicate with someone in your own language? Is anything lost in communication when you speak with someone on the phone or through the Internet?

Mystery Questions

A volunteer from Nemyriv - Adam 
DaTutor08@gmail.com

Thursday, February 3, 2011

FRIENDS

Riddles
A certain month will begin on a Friday and will end on a Friday also. What month is it?
John is such a great painter that he was asked to paint the room numbers on all of the doors of the fourth floor of the local hotel. He painted all of the numbers from 400 to 499. How many times did he paint the number 4?


Discussion Topic: FRIENDS

1.For you, what is the definition of a true friend? How can you know that someone is a real, sincere friend?
2.How do you think that friendships develop? Do you choose your friends, or do they choose you?
3.There is a famous saying, “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. How do you understand this expression? Do you agree or disagree with it?
4.Most people have been disappointed, or even betrayed by a friend in their lives. Is it possible to forgive someone in this situation? Can the friendship be saved if something like this happens?
5.Is it possible to have a true friendship between the sexes without any romantic feelings?

Mystery Questions



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ENGLISH CLUB FOR BEGINNERS

Topic: Travelling
1.  Do you like to travel? Where was the most interesting place you have ever visited?
2. Where would you like to travel to most of all? Where would you go if you had lots of money?
3. Which is better for you... to travel by camping in a tent, or to stay in a very nice 4-star hotel?
Interview Your Neighbor
  • Have you ever taken a very long train ride? How long was it? Where did you go?
  • Would you like to learn how to fly a plane? Would you be scared to be a pilot?
  • Have you tried any extreme sports? Which extreme sport do you want to try?
  • For you, which is the most comfortable type of transportation (bus, tram, trolley-bus, marshrutka) in our city?
  • Mimic Game
  • Games - Hot Potato
How to Play the Hot Potato Game
Like the children's game Simon Says, Hot Potato is a great learning game that can be exciting and fun. This simple game, using just one prop with no moving parts, teaches imagination, reflex action, listening skills and how to follow directions.
How to Play Hot Potato
1. Gather players in a circle, standing or sitting cross-legged. Explain the rules and make sure everyone understands, especially if you are playing with very young children. Players need be ready for a quick toss, so it helps to be prepared.
2. Ask young players to name some things that are hot. Hand someone the potato, encouraging him or her to pretend that it is HOT and to catch and throw it as quickly as they can.
3. Call, Go! and play some music on an instrument or recording device that can be paused easily. Game players begin to toss the potato around the circle, to the player next to them.
4. Stop the music! At this point, whichever player is holding the potato is "out." Throwing it after the music stops does not count.
5. Continue starting and stopping the music until all but two are "out." Last player to NOT be holding the potato when the music stops wins.
Read more: How to Play the Hot Potato Game | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2044152_play-hot-potato-game.html#ixzz1CsfuZPmW