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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Great Britain

English Club – May 28, 2011
Questions for Groups
Did you ever cry because of a book, movie or television show? Which one?
When was the last time that you were nervous? Why?
Discussion Topic: Great Britain
  1. All Ukrainian school children learn about London and Great Britain. Would you like to visit this country and what would you like to see there?
  2. What do you think it is like to be a member of the Royal Family? Would you like to be a member of this family, or is the lifestyle not for you?
  3. What do you know about British food? Do you think it is more or less delicious than Ukrainian food?
  4. How is the typical character of an Englishman different from an American? From a Ukrainian?
  5. Do you prefer American English or British? Which is easier for you to understand? What about the different accents of Scotland, Australia,
Contest
  • Imagine that the English Club has won an award and has a right to travel any English speaking country in the world for a week. Your task is to choose this country and to describe what we will see and do during this week.
Announcements

Our Schedule
Tuesday, May 31 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, June 2 – 1730 Library
Saturday, June 4 – 1030 Library
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  1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
  2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
  3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
  5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
  6. What is your favorite form of exercise?
  7. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
  8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
  9. What sound do you love?
  10. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
  11. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?
  12. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
  13. If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?
  14. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
  15. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
  16. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
  17. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
  18. If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
  19. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
  20. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
  21. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
  22. If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?
  23. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
  24. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
  25. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
  26. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  27. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
  28. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
  29. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
  30. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
  31. What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to?
  32. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
  33. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
  34. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
  35. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
  36. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?
  37. What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
  38. What do you miss most about being a kid?
  39. What is your first memory of being really excited?
  40. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
  41. When was the last time you were nervous?
  42. What is something you learned in the last week?
  43. What story does your family always tell about you?
  44. At what age did you become an adult?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Discussion: JEALOUSY...

Questions for Groups
- Do you ever day-dream when you are bored with your studies or work?
What do you usually day-dream about?
- If you could be any fictional character (not a real person) for a day, who would you choose to be?

Discussion Topic: JEALOUSY
1. Are you a jealous person? When can you be jealous?
2. If you friend achieves some great success, can you be happy for them without any feelings of jealousy at all?
3. In general, do you think that men are more jealous than women, or is there no difference?
4. Can you think of any situation when jealousy can lead to something good, such as motivation?
5. What’s the best way to get rid of jealousy?

British English vs. American English Contest

Announcement

Our Schedule
Saturday, May 28 – 10.30 – Library
Tuesday, May 31 – 17.45 – Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, June 2 – 17.30 – Library

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Webchat: 5 Myths About the "Information Age"




You are welcome to tune in to a video web chat on Wednesday, June 8, featuring Robert Darnton, Director of the University Library at Harvard, and the author of "The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future," and numerous other titles. Please see additional details below.
Regards,
Eileen Deegan, American Corners Program Analyst
Washington, DC
Date: Wednesday, June 8th

Time: 10:30 am DC (14:30 GMT/ 16:30 pm Rome)

Location: https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/rome

Description: Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state of collective false consciousness. It's no one's fault but everyone's problem, because in trying to get our bearings in cyberspace, we often get things wrong, and the misconceptions spread so rapidly that they go unchallenged.

Join Robert Darnton for a conversation about 5 myths of the information age.
Robert Darnton was educated at Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After a brief stint as a reporter for The New York Times, he became a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He taught at Princeton from 1968 until 2007, when he became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study, and his outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA). He has written and edited two dozen books, including The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979, an early attempt to develop the history of books as a field of study), The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984, probably his most popular work, which has been translated into 16 languages), Berlin Journal, 1989-1990 (1991, an account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany), The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France (1995, a study of the underground book trade), and Slander. The Art and Politics of Libel in Eighteenth-Century France (2008). His latest book is "The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future" (2009).

Format: This will be a video webchat in English.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

26, May This day in Women's History

1792: Anne Hall born (painter)

1826: Mary Ann Andrews Denison born

1869: Sara Tew Mayo born (physician, surgeon)

1877: Isadora Duncan born

1881: Julia Stimson born (nurse, Army nurse, oficer)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development...

Question for Groups 
Imagine you have won a free vacation. You can either visit 10 Nations of Europe, or Africa, or South America. Which tour would you choose? Why?
Discussion Topic: Europe
1.Which European nation has the most interesting culture in your opinion? What part of their culture is interesting? 
2.Which country do you think is the most beautiful nature? 
3.What part of Ukrainian culture do you think would be the most interesting for people of the European Union?
 
4.In 2012 there will be many European tourists in Ukraine. What positive impressions will they have about Ukraine? Are you excited for the opportunity to meet so many foreigners here? 
5.Do you think life would be better for Ukrainians in the European Union?

6.In the past year, there have been some problems in the European Union. What do you think about the future of this partnership? 

Trivia Contest
Our Schedule
Saturday, May 21 – 1030 Library
Tuesday, May 24 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, May 26 – 1730 Library

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

English-Speaking Club about ... Confidence

Question for Groups
Who do you think is the most interesting person from history? If you could ask them anything, what would you ask?
Discussion Topic: Confidence
1.In what situations are you a confident person? In which situations are you unsure of yourself?
2.Do you think that having confidence can help when trying to learn a foreign language? How?
3.What gives you confidence? Compliments? Advice from trusted people?
4.In general, are confident people more successful than people who are not confident?
5.When is it better to have confidence than talent?
6.Which is a better situation: A person who has low confidence, but lots of talent, or a person who is very confident but is not talented?
Interview Contest
Our Schedule
Saturday, May 21 – 1030 Library
Tuesday, May 24 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, May 26 – 1730 Library

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

You are welcome to enjoy time with us on 21, May participating in activities "I Share European Values" and "Open Europe Through Volunteering".
Place: Vinnytsia Regional Research Library (a hall)
Time: 10 a.m.
21 May
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 May the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue in its resolution 57/249 and welcomed the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its thirty-first session on 2 November 2001 and also welcomed the main lines of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Declaration.

With diversity, the world is like a colorful flower © Azadeh Ramezani Tabrizi/UNESCO

VITA ZELENSKA - the winner of the International Writing Olympics...

    The participant of THE INTERNATIONAL WRITING OLYMPICS in Ukraine VITA ZELENSKA was awarded for her creative writing composition and was the best one in Vinnytsia Region.
    It was coordinated by Peace Corps Volunteers as a great way to encourage pupils [forms 6-11] and university students [years 1-4] to use English in a fun and interesting way. Writing was judged on creativity of ideas more than perfection of mechanics.
    Congratulations to Vinnytska Oblast International Writing Olympics winner Vita Zelenska from Vinnitsya State Pedagogical University were given by Peace Corps Volunteer Melissa Krut.
      Thanks to all who participated in this Peace Corps-coordinated contest! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Discovery Club Presents: National Parks in the United States

Vinnytsia Information Center “Window on America” made a presentation on the topic “National Parks of the USA” for the participants of Discovery Club on 21, May where they had an opportunity to get to know about various American national parks (58). It included not only a presentation of the largest, the oldest, the newest,  the most-visited parks of the USA but sharing experience of the American Volunteer who had been there many times. The survey on the National Park of American Samoa and Death Valley National Park (California – Nevada) ended with congratulations of winners who had got books about National Parks. The second presentation provided info about the best    national parks with amusing facts of visiting them.

12 participants were successful to take part in this activity. There were social workers, students, engineers, teachers and economists among them. The most enjoyable piece of information was on America's National Parks: Shenandoah National Park, Yosemite National Park (California), Denali and Katmai, Grand Canyon National Park, Everglades National Park (Florida), Glacier National Park (Montana), Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii) and Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho). 
The qoute of this meeting is the following one:  “When you visit any national park, remember that you are entering a sanctuary of natural and cultural environments, preserved so that you and future visitors may enjoy them”.





Monday, May 16, 2011

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Do you like your job? Not everyone loves their job. Some hate the hours, their commute, their coworkers, or simply the fact they have to leave their home. But given the choice between the jobs listed below and their own, we're betting that most people would choose the one they've got. In no particular order, we've highlighted 25 of the most dirty, difficult, and hazardous jobs that some people do every day.

Coal Mining: One of the most dangerous careers in the world, coal mining is a dirty job. Underground mines are cold, noisy, dark, and damp, sometimes with water on the mine floor. Breathing in coal dust can lead to a lung disorder called "black lung," and on top of all that, accidents can occur, where miners are subject to explosions or getting trapped underground.
US President: It's not hard to understand why the President of the United States has one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Aside from a constantly hectic schedule, the President is responsible for making wise decisions about war, peace, politics, and the fate of not just the United States, but often, other nations and even the world.
Alaskan Crab Fishing: Alaskan crab fishers have the most dangerous job in the world. The commercial fishing industry is difficult in general, but Alaska crab fishers have a particularly deadly and dirty profession. Hauling nets and cages that weigh several hundred pounds is one thing. Doing it in freezing rain, while on icy decks in unsteady water is completely insane. But Alaskan crab fishers do it, and some live to tell the tale.

Read More: http://www.careeroverview.com/blog/2011/the-25-most-difficult-jobs-in-the-world/

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Discover National Parks (The Official Charity of America's National Parks)

You are invited to participate in a Presentation and its Discussion on "Discover National Parks..." on 18, April at the Information Center "Window on America", @ 17.00. Enjoy this time with us and take part in a contest!
Death Valley National Park, Southeastern, California
Death Valley National Park is a national park located east of the Sierra Nevada in the arid Great Basin of the United States. Parts of the park are in southern Inyo County and northern San Bernardino County in Eastern California, with a small extension into southwestern Nye County and extreme southern Esmeralda County in Nevada. In addition, there is an exclave (Devil's Hole) in southern Nye County. The park covers 5,262 square miles (13,630 km2), encompassing Saline Valley, a large part of Panamint Valley, almost all of Death Valley, and parts of several mountain ranges. Death Valley National Monument was declared a U.S. National Monument in 1933, placing the area under federal protection. In 1994, the monument was redesignated a national park, as well as being substantially expanded to include Saline and Eureka valleys.

It is the hottest and driest of the national parks in the United States. The second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is in Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. The park is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment. Some examples include creosote bush, Bighorn Sheep, Coyote, and the Death Valley Pupfish, a survivor of much wetter times. Approximately 95% of the park is designated as wilderness. Its wilderness area covers 4,774 square miles (12,360 km2), making it the largest in the Lower 48 states, and the sixth largest in the United States overall. Death Valley National Park is visited annually by more than 770,000 visitors who come to see its diverse geologic features, desert wildlife, historic sites, scenery, and clear night skies.

The Civil War: 150 Years

The flames of the Civil War forged the framework of modern America...
The Eve of War
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln warned that "A house divided against itself cannot stand," but most Americans were confident that the forces of cohesion in the young republic would continue to triumph over the forces of division.

The United States on the Eve of the Civil War
Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond
The four-year war that eventually descended on the nation seemed impossible only months before it began. Powerful conflicts pulled the United States apart in the decades before 1860, but shared interests, cultures, and identities tied the country together, sometimes in new ways. So confident were they in the future that Americans expected that the forces of cohesion would triumph over the forces of division.

The 1850s were not merely the "antebellum" years, years when everything aligned toward the war. In fact, precisely because people did not know a war was coming, because Americans had always found a way to compromise their conflicts, and because the North and South had in many ways never been more integrated or more reliant on one another, people talked recklessly about each other. With the United States booming, its population racing westward, new territories being settled, California offering bright prospects, gold mines and silver mines promising unlimited wealth, immigrants pouring in from Europe and Asia, almost no external enemies threatening from any direction, and religious revivals attesting to the faith of its people, Americans did not believe it was possible for them to fall into a devastating conflict in which everything, including the very existence of their nation, would be put at risk.

The United States presented a contradictory picture in the 1850s, even on the issue that most starkly divided the country: slavery. No politician in the slave states could survive without defending the institution in word and in deed, no matter what party label he might bear, but some did so with calls for Union and compromise rather than secession and defiance. In the free states, bitter conflict raged between those who sought to confine the spread of slavery and those who sought to placate slaveholding allies. The Democrats, defending the rights of slaveholders, prided themselves on being the only truly national party by the late 1850s. Controlling the presidency and the Supreme Court, the Democrats were strong throughout the North and increasingly dominant in the South, where opposition faded away throughout the 1850s.

Vinnytsia English-Speaking Club in India

Question for Groups 
Imagine that you could borrow the talents of one famous person for one week. Whose talents would you borrow, and what would you do?
Discussion Topic: India
1.Would you like to travel to India? Do you think it would be difficult to travel there because there are so many people? 
2. One of India’s hero’s is Mahatma Gandhi. What do you know about his life and philosophy? Do you agree with his teachings?
3. India’s Bollywood films are popular all over the world. Do you like this style of film? Who from our group would make a good Bollywood actor?
4. A few years ago, film and book about India, Slumdog Millionaire (Мільйонер із нетрів) became very popular. Did you see this film? What did you think?
5. India’s universities and economy are growing quickly. What do you think will be with this country in the future?
Group Contest: 
As a team, design an interesting (but possible) activity for our English Club to do this summer. I can be for a few hours or even a weekend. The idea should be creative and interesting for many people in the club, but it should also be something that we could actually do.
Our Schedule
Tuesday, May 17 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, May 19 – 1730 Library
Saturday, May 21 – 1030 Library

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Outer Space

Introductions
Question for Groups 
Do you like adventures? What has been the most exciting adventure of your life? What adventure would you like to try in the future?
Discussion Topic: Outer Space
1.When you were a child, were you inspired by Astronauts and travel to outer space? 
2.Space travel is very dangerous. Would you like to work as an astronaut, or would it be too scary for you? 
3.It is now possible to be a space tourist (the price is $200,000). If you were very rich, would you like to try this kind of trip?
4.There are some rumors that the Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon was not real. Do you believe that American astronauts walked on the moon?  
5.Travelling to space is very expensive. Do you think that countries should spend money on space travel during times of economic crisis?

Announcement
Planetarium!

Our Schedule
Saturday, May 14 – 1030 Library
Tuesday, May 17 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, May 19 – 1730 Library

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America and Modern Dance: Martha Graham

Today (April, 11) is 117 years from the Day of Birth of an American modern dancer and choreographer... Martha Graham... The Information Center's "Window on America" participants had a chance to discuss a topic "America and Modern Dance: Martha Graham". The leader made a presentation on Modern Dance speaking about Martha Graham who influenced dance worldwide with her signature works and tributes to the art of the human body.

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.
One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer’s World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets, the first a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, scored by Aaron Copland, the second a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. These are signature Graham works and tributes to the art of the human body.

Quotations
According to Agnes de Mille: "The greatest thing she ever said to me was in 1943 after the opening of Oklahoma!, when I suddenly had unexpected, flamboyant success for a work I thought was only fairly good, after years of neglect for work I thought was fine. I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. I talked to Martha. I remember the conversation well. It was in a Schrafft's restaurant over a soda. I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me, very quietly:
'There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.'"

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Globalization ...

English Club “Discovery”
 Activity 1. Read it carefully and think about it a second or two. Do you have the following situations in your life?
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
Activity 2. How do you understand the meaning of the words “nodders” and “shakers”? When do you feel yourself as a “nodder” or a “shaker”?

Discussion: Globalization
What does globalization mean to you? With your partner brainstorm all the words and phrases you associate with globalization.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of globalization? Look at the following words and phrases, and then write them in the correct column below.


Multi-ethnic/ multi-cultural society, fast food/fizzy drinks,
globally popular films and songs, English as a global language,
multi-national corporations, changes in national identity (changes of traditions and customs), industrial development, global market, international trade agreements, ecological problems
Advantages



Disadvantages



  1. Do you agree that globalization leads to poverty? There are some statements: in order to reduce poverty people in poor countries should have fewer children. What do you think about it?
  2. Do you think that globalization leads to disasters? (sunken vessels, earthquakes).
Read the following questions and use them to start a conversation with your partner. For each question consider the following points:
food family traditions music education clothes travel trade communication etc.
  1. How has globalization affected your country?
  2. How has globalization affected you personally?
  3. Do you think that globalization will affect you more or less in the future?
  4. In what ways do you think globalization will benefit the world in the future?
  5. Who do you think benefits most/least from globalization? Why?

Hot Tips on Resume Writing

On 8, May 2011 it was the next session of a project “Management, Marketing, Tourism and More…” designed  and managed by the American PC Volunteers for students of Trade and Economics University at Vinnytsia Information Resource Center “Window on America’. This activity, called “Hot Tips on Resume Writing”, was led by Jim Buel and Laura Bestor, PC Volunteers in our city. Among the questions the following were discussed: What is a resume anyway? What should the resume content be about? What’s the fastest way to improve a resume? What is the most common resume mistake made by job hunters?’. The students got an experience on “what is the first step in writing a resume”, “what if you don’t have any experience in the kind of work you want to do”, ‘what the best way to impress an employer”, etc. They presented their own resumes with its analysis having written them before starting as volunteers in Ukraine.

Advertisement. Best Practice of American Ad Companies

If you were a participant of “Discovery” Club at Vinnytsia Information Center “Window on America”, you could discuss the topic “Advertisement. Best Practice of American Ad Companies” on 7, May 2011.
The members of the Club were proposed to discuss some questions on this topic. The leader of the Club made a Pecha Kukha presentation “Controversial Advertisement of the 21st century. American Practice in Ads” that was interesting, presenting some facts on marketing of the USA. Among the participants there were teachers, students, and the retired who expressed their thoughts on the following topic actively (7).

Controversial advertising in the 21st century
Aim: to show people how adverts can be interesting, shocking and sometimes offensive. Usually, people take adverts as something boring and annoying because adverts are everywhere. In metro, on the bus and train stations, on the motorways, restaurants, cinemas, schools and on television. Adverts are aimed to persuade people to buy a specific product. But they can also alert people of diseases, protections and other catastrophes such as terrorism or racism. MTV and United Colors of Benetton are famous of doing controversial adverts which tries to address people of particular problem. MTV is doing adverts alerting young people of AIDS and crossing the streets safely and United Colors of Benetton address to problem of racism. Other advertisement campaigns, mainly in the clothing industry and cosmetics are also contoversial, very often with sexual undertone.
Activity 1. Using your notes and any additional ideas, prepare a two-minute talk with your partner. Then present your talk to the rest of us:
  1. What do you consider makes a good advertisement? (Make notes of your ideas)
* concept
* medium
* approach
  1. How far do you agree that TV advertisements are better than the actual programmes? What is the difference between television programmes and good advertisements?
  • originality and creativity
  • words and music
  • setting and locations
3. How do you perceive advertisers and advertisements? Are your attitude towards ads is generally positive or negative? What evidence can you give for your own attitude?
  • Scrupulous, meticulous, exacting, professional, stimulating to ccaptivate viewers, outrageous (very shocking)?
4. What constraints do advertisers have to take into account when making advertisements?
5. Do you have your favourite advertisement? Why do you choose it from other ones?
6. Coca Cola ad is very popular in all the world. It is asked more than 524 million times a day in more than 80 languages. What do you think about its global presence?
7. Have you ever seen controversial advertising? Do you think that this campaign is successful?
ACTIVITY 2. Imagine you are asked to make an ad. What product or service can you choose? What about a slogan?
ACTIVITY 3. RXV, a major electronics company, has decided to advertise its latest digital camera. It has asked several advertising agencies to submit proposals for a campaign. What are your proposals?

Controvercial Ad
The advertising philosophy of United Colors of Benetton
    Benetton became a global force in just a few years—the United Colors concept spread from encompassing the different races to the ideas of tolerance, peace and respect for diversity.
    Many ads from the period were an expression of this process. One represented religious and political conflict (the Palestinian and the Israeli). Another depicted religious and sexual conflict (a priest kissing a nun), and yet another portrayed moral conflict (the stereotypes of good and evil, symbolized by an angel and evil.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Interview Skills

On 7, May 2011 the Information Center “Window on America” united all the participants of a project “Management. Marketing. Tourism” discussing the topic “Interview Skills”. The members of this session considered how well equipped they were before an interview to have the best chance of searching their future role. The American Volunteers Laura M. Bestor and Jim Buel shared their experience in this sphere giving some advice for job seekers. This interactive session, called “Program for New Business Leaders”, was organized for assistant professors, instructors and students of Trade and Economics University. But among all the participants there were some representatives of small business who found it useful because of having an experience of making some interviews with their workers (7).
 At the end of this activity it was organized a quiz “Interview Questions” having in a practice Mock Interview. It lasted 15 min replicating a real life situation. It was monitored by other attendees of this interactive communication. Feedback from other participants followed – ‘what went well; what could be done better’. Only constructive criticism welcomed.
The American Volunteers resumed their own experience working at various companies.



American and Ukrainian Celebrations. Mother's Day and More...

Introductions
Question for Groups
•   For you, what is the perfect party? How many people should be there? Where should it be held? What kind of music or activities should there be?


Discussion Question:

1.  Did you see television coverage of Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden? Is it ever okay to celebrate when someone dies? How do you think America should remember this event?
2.  How do you celebrate Victory Day? How do you think that this event should be remembered by Ukrainian people?
3.   Chernobyl Remembrance Day was a few weeks ago. What do you remember about the time when this tragedy happened? How should Ukraine remember this disaster?

4.  Do you think that the Chernobyl Zone should be a tourist site? Would you want to go there as a tourist?

5.  Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the United States. Do you think there should be a special holiday for Mothers in Ukraine as well?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Power of One

Do you believe that one person can change the whole world? If you can say “yes”, you have a chance to discuss this topic “The Power of One” on Thursday, May 5 with other participants of English Speaking Club?

Introductions
Question for Groups
  • At what age do you think that a person becomes an adult? Maybe at 18 years old or 21 years old? How can you know if you are an adult or not?

    Topic for Discussion: The Power of One
  1. Do you think that one person has the power to change the world? How? What are some examples of people who have changed the world?
  2. Do you have an example of one person who changed your life for the better? How did they do it?
God granted me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”.
  1. What do you think of this quote? Are you able to do this in your life?
  2. What are the things that we cannot change? What are the things we can change?
Group Contest
Imagine that you had to create a project to make our city better… but that you would not be given any money to do the project. Create an interesting, creative project that can be done without money.

Saturday, May 7 – 10-30 Library
Tuesday, May 10 – 17-45 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, May 12 – 17-30 Library. 

On the Map of North America