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Sunday, December 30, 2012

English Club on Extremes

Topic: Extremes 
Fun Fact of the Day: The capital of the state of Georgia, "the original name of the city of Atlanta was 'Terminus'" (theeconomiccollapseblog.com). 
Topic: 
1. What is the definition of the word, "extreme"? What is an "extreme"? Where do you often hear this word? What kinds of extremes often appear in our lives? What makes them extremes? Are they more often intentional practices or accidental encounters? 
2. Have you ever participated in something that is extreme? If so, what did you do and what were your impressions following this activity? Would you do this again in the future? Is there any other extreme activity you would like to participate in? Why so? 
3. Have you ever heard of the "extreme ironing" trend? What do you thinlc this means? What other extreme trends or activities can you think of? Would you participate in one of these extreme trends? In contrast, do you tend to avoid such extreme or sensational activities? Why or why not? 
4. Do you consider certain sports as extremes? How extreme are beach sports, for example (surfing, diving, kite or wind surfing, kayaking, etc.)? What is the most extreme sport you can think of? Would you ever try this personally? Why do people like extreme sports? 
5. Have you ever heard of "extreme eating" contests? What do you think they are and who tends to participate in them? Are these eating contests healthy or in direct contrast to healthy eating standards? Do you think shopping for food or eating in general can be "extreme" if it is not properly labeled or prepared? 
6. If you could initiate an extreme activity or trend, what would it be and why? Who would you involve in this process? What would be your expected results? Do you thinlc this would be risky or fun? How could you practically start this project? 
Schedule: Please put topic ideas in the Suggestion Box! 
Thursday, 03 January at 5:30- Holiday Party! Please bring some snacks to share!
Saturday, 05 January at 10:30

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Project "Great Reading" in Khmelnyts'ky

You are welcome to get to know more on
 a project "Great Reading"
 using this link:
http://www.ounb.km.ua/woa/galery.php?album=20120424151700

'Picturing America' Exhibition

Picturing America Home Page - picturingamerica.neh.gov
Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide.
Through this innovative program, citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of the American nation's history and character through this exhibition, study and understanding of this art.





English Club on Fashion and Trends

 Topic: Fashion and Trends
Fun Fact of the Day: “There are 182 places in the U.S. that have the word ‘Christmas’ in their names” (www.travelandleisure.com).
Introduction about “Trace Effects”: A video game for learning American English and culture! 
Topic:
1. What is “fashion”? How do people influence fashion? How does fashion influence us? How important is “style” to you? What is the difference between fashion and style? What iconic “fashionistas” do you know? Do you like to follow fashion trends?
2. Does fashion have an important impact on youth? Do you think there are certain clothing styles that younger individuals should avoid? How important are uniforms in school? Do you think that uniforms are a good or bad idea?
3. Do you have a uniform at work? What kind of clothing regulations do you have to follow? Do you think this promotes an atmosphere of equality between co-workers? If you do not have clothing regulations, do you think you should? Is your work attire drastically different than in your personal life?
4. In contrast to daily life, what types of clothing do people tend to wear at special holidays? What clothing rules exist at weddings, for example? Does the type of wedding determine specific dress or are there general guidelines in place at all times? Do you like ceremonial attire?
5. Aside from clothing and fashion, what other popular trends exist right now? What do you think makes these trends successful? How are they spread and promoted? Do you participate in any of these popular trends? Why is it meaningful to you?
6. What trends from the past do you think will become popular again? What current trends do you think will become obsolete in the future? What causes these trends to come and go? Who is responsible for their success or failure? Is there any kind of trend you would like to invent yourself or promote?
Schedule: 
Saturday, 29 December at 10:30
Thursday, 03 January at 5:30 - Holiday Party! Please bring some snacks to share!

Trace Effects Presentation

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

English Club on "Future"

Topic: The Future
Fun Fact of the Day: "The state of Louisiana has almost 2500 islands" (all4cellularblog.com).
Topic:
1. What is the "future"? Do you like to think about the future? How often do you think people should think about their futures? Do you think it's possible to become "obsessed" with the future? How can thinking about the future too much detract from our current lives?
2. Do you think there's a way for people to calculate their futures? Can you really plan for the future? How connected are we to determining our future lives? What steps lead us to the future? How does life tend to alter our future plans?
3. How do your ambitions and goals help you to formulate your ideal future? Is it important to plan far in advance? How far in advance do you tend to plan? What is more important, in your opinion: spontaneity or careful planning?
4. How do you think the world will change in the future? How will people change? How will the surrounding environment change? What aspects of life do you think will remain the same for future generations? Will the world be recognizable 50 or 100 years from now?
5. What kinds of books, movies, stories, and events do you think will be popular in the future? Is it possible to predict these future trends? What tends to spark popular trends? What fads and trends are popular now that you think will become obsolete in the future?
6. What do you hope to accomplish in your life in the future? Do you have important goals? How do you hope to achieve these goals? Is it important to you to formulate a future legacy and to leave an influence for future generations? If so, what do you want to do and how do you intend to accomplish this?
Schedule: 
Thursday, 27 December at 5:30 Saturday, 29 December at 10:30

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ukrainian Carols

The Ukrainian carol of the bells /Щедрик/ Shchedryk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPDnjq9fTLw&feature=youtu.be

Програма «Сполучені Штати та Україна – культурні зв'язки»

На цьому тижні на сторонці Facebook Посольства США стартувала програма «Сполучені Штати та Україна – культурні зв'язки». Тепер Ви зможете прочитати пости про видатних американців, чиї родини походять з України. Вже понад 150 років українці, росіяни, поляки та інші вихідці з території сучасної України своїм талантом і наполегливою працею роблять свій неоцінимий внесок у збагачення американського суспільства та культури. Деякі з цих дочок і синів полікультурної України спробували піти далі, аби знайти славу і щастя у їхній новій американській оселі. Протягом наступних кількох місяців Посольство США в Україні буде розказувати про деяких музикантів, учених, художників, інженерів, дипломатів, акторів та інших фахівців своєї справи, які допомогли зробити сучасні Сполучені Штати різноманітною та динамічною країною. Пропонуємо Вам долучитися до цих історій на нашій сторінці Facebook http://www.facebook.com/usdos.ukraine.

YOU can study in the global business and media capital of the world—New York City !

YOU can study in the global business and media capital of the world—New York City !
Apply for the Fordham Business Challenge '13 and compete to win one of 8 available full-tuition scholarships to study a Master of Science program at Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA) in New York City fall 2013
SOUNDS GREAT ! WHO CAN COMPETE? College seniors who will obtain their Bachelor’s degree by June 2013 OR recent university graduates and young professionals holding a university diploma WORLDWIDE
WHAT IS THE PRIZE? First place winners (8) will receive a full-tuition scholarship and an invitation to attend the prize ceremony in New York City in April 2013.
Second place winners (8) will receive a half-tuition scholarship.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS? Scholarships available for the following eight Master of Science Programs:
• Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF)
• Master of Science in Global Finance (MSGF)
• Master of Science in Marketing Intelligence (MSMI)
• Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
• Master of Science in Investor Relations (MIR)
• Master of Science in Media Entrepreneurship (MSME)
• 3-Continent Master of Science in Global Management (3CMGM)
• Master of Science in Business Enterprise (MBE)
There is a program for everybody !
Study Engineering? Check out the MSBA or MSQF programs.
Want to travel the world and earn two degrees? The 3CMGM program is just for you.
Read about all 8 programs at www.fordhambusinesschallenge.com and find the one that is right for you
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE? February 1, 2013
HOW CAN I COMPETE? Register at www.fordhambusinesschallenge.com and take the challenge by answering (3) multiple-choice question sets and (1) essay question
Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity that will take you to the business, finance and media capital of the world—New York City !

Game Night: Let's Play Together!

This activity aims to build and foster English language skills in a fun and competitive way
Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Taboo, UNO, and more
10 Days in the USA



Saturday, December 15, 2012

English Movie Club


English Club on Problems and Progress

Fun Fact of the Day: “The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds (5.4 kilograms) of cereal per year” (hidden007.tripod.com).
Topic:
1. What are the definitions of the words “problems” and “progress”? How often do we encounter problems in our lives? Do you think that problems can often lead to progress if they are solved correctly? Is progress important?
2. Do you consider immigration and work abroad as a problem or as personal progress? Is human migration generally progressive or problem-causing for those left behind? If you had the opportunity to move abroad permanently, would you take advantage of this situation?
3. Do you think that multi-cultural environments can cause problems or do you think that this exchange of culture is vital for progress? What is your opinion of this situation in the United States, for example, as a “melting pot” or “salad bowl”?
4. Do you think that population growth is progressive or also a problem? How does population growth affect the environment? Does it cause environmental problems worldwide? What is your opinion about population growth in Ukraine?
5. How do health problems develop in our progressing world? How does tree removal and littering cause problems? Has industrial progress and practices caused accidents and environmental problems? Do you think there can ever be a solution to pollution if industries and general production continues to grow around us?
6. Do you think that certain “freedom” movements are progressive or do they cause more problems than they solve? What is your opinion about zoos and animal’s freedom, for example? Would you support initiatives to protect animals? What would happen if such initiatives did not exist? What other initiatives would you support?
Thursday, 20 December at 5:30
Saturday, 22 December at 10:30

Friday, December 14, 2012

Експозиція "Picturing America" у нашому Центрі

Шановні користувачі Центру «Вікно в Америку»,

Нещодавно ми отримали від Посольства США колекцію плакатів і книгу «The Picturing America». Вона створена Національним гуманітарним фондом і включає 40 великих репродукцій американських шедеврів, а також книгу для вчителів з рекомендаціями та ідеями щодо кращого використання цих творів мистецтва, матеріалами з історії цих творів. Ця книжка також доступна он-лайн http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/ для всіх користувачів. На цьому веб-сайті також представлені плани уроків. 

Ви також можете переглянути серію коротких відео “Picturing America on Screen” (25 фільмів): http://www.thirteen.org/picturing-america/ . Ці фільми було створено WNET за підтримки Національного гуманітарного фонду, наданої Educational Broadcasting Corporation у Нью-Йорку. 

Запрошуємо Вас переглянути експозицію та поділитись враженнями.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fordham Business Challenge 2013

Fordham Business Challenge 2013 and is a scholarship competition for students round the world, particularly Europe, to win a scholarship to study a specialized Master of Science program at Fordham Graduate School of Business in New York City fall 2013.
Scholarships available for the following Master of Science programs:
MS in Quantitative Finance
MS in Global Finance
MS in Media Entrepreneurship
MS in Investor Relations
MS in Business Analytics
MS in Marketing Intelligence
MS in Business Enterprise
3-Continent Master of Science in Global Management
Competition: the competition consists of answering a series of multiple-choice question sets and answering an essay question that relates to applicant's chosen MS program.
Prizes: there are 16 scholarships in total, 8 full- and 8 half-scholarships.
(8) first place winners will receive a full-tuition scholarship and will be invited to the prize ceremony which will be held in New York City in April 2013.
(8) second place winners will receive a half-tuition scholarship.
Eligibility: Open for college seniors, recent graduates and young professionals worldwide.
Deadline: February 1, 2013.

English Movie Club

Waiting for u this Saturday at 4 pm. 
Let's watch a movie and discuss it together.

English Club on "Characters"

Fun Fact of the Day: “The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year; they vary in size” (hidden007.tripod.com).
Topic:
1. What is “character”? How do you think an individual’s character is formed? What aspects of a person’s life help form his or her character? Who do you think has the most influence on a person’s character: parents, peers, celebrities, etc.?
2. What is the difference between “character” and “characters”? What are the different definitions of the word “characters”? Are characters always actors and actresses? What people can be characters? 
3. Do you think that it is possible for a person to have multiple different characters? If so, what might influence this trend? How might an individual’s personality differ in separate aspects of life? Is this a reflection of his or her fundamental “character,” or is he or she likely acting in a way? 
4. Do you have a different character at work vs. with your friends or family? Do you think these separate characters are intentional or more accidentally formed? Is it sometimes fun to “play a part” and act with an unusual character? In what situations might this role-play occur?
5. Have you heard of the phrase, to “put on a mask” in public? What do you think this means? If a person wears a “mask” in public, are they being true to their character or rather playing a different character role? How might this alter their relationships with those around them? 
6. If you could become a character from any book or play that you have read, who would you choose? Why would you choose this character? Is there anything you would change about his or her personality? If this character lived in a separate time period, how would you adjust to life at this time? 
Schedule: Please put topic ideas in the Suggestion Box! 
Saturday, 15 December at 10:30 
Thursday, 20 December at 5:30

Saturday, December 8, 2012

English Club on "Addictions and Habits"

Fun Fact of the Day: "George Washington was also quite an alcohol manufacturer. In 1798 alone, he produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey" (www.thirdage.com).
Topic:
1. What is an "addiction"? How does it
differ from a "habit"? Are they at all related or do you think these are two entirely different things? Are they mainly positive or negative? How do they affect those around us?
2. Do you consider yourself "addicted" to something? If so, what is your addiction? Do you think you are addicted to any of the following: social networks, TV, other technological devices, gossiping, food, drink, sleeping; cleaning, gaming, etc.? How might these addictions affect daily life?
3. In addition to such addictions, what do you consider "good" and "bad" habits? Do you have any good habits that you are particularly proud of, or conversely, bad habits that you are trying to change? Do you even want to change your "bad" habits or do you just accept them as part of your character?
4. What do you think are the most common habits and addictions of your peers? Do you think that they differ by age, gender, socio-economic class, or other factors? What divisions can you see in different aspects of your life?
5. What are different ways that people develop habits or become addicted to certain activities? Do you think that sometimes this reliance is intentional or do you think this process is largely accidental? Can you think of any old addictions or habits that you eliminated? How did you do so?
6. Do you consider an over-reliance on technology as more of an addiction or a habit? What do you think would happen in the future if people stopped using mobile phones, for example? Do you think that life would be better and people healthier if they rid themselves of mobiles? Or, contrarily, do you think that communication problems would make this too difficult?
Schedule: Please put topic ideas in the Suggestion Box!
Thursday, 13 December at 5:30, 15 December at 10:30

Thursday, December 6, 2012

International Volunteer Day and Choices

On December 6th Vinnytsia English Club with a leader Mila H. organized an event dedicated to marking the International Volunteer Day which is celebrated worldwide on December 5th. The panel discussion during this event offered the audience a chance to learn more about volunteering opportunities on local and international level. Mila Hooten, PC Volunteer, gave information about the strategies of implementing volunteerism. The following questions on ‘how volunteerism relates to modern ‘global values’ and exchanges of culture, and the main benefits of volunteer work were in a spectrum of an active discussion among participants of this Club’s meeting. 
Fun Fact of the Day: “Maine makes more toothpicks than any other state” (http://johnb0127.hubpages.com).
Topic:
1. What is volunteerism? Do you think that volunteer work is necessary and important? Have you ever worked as a volunteer? If so, what did you do and who did you help? 
2. Every year, the 05 of December is “International Volunteer Day.” Have you heard of this special day? Do you think that it’s important to have a specific day devoted to volunteerism? How might this day promote selflessness and volunteer activities?
3. What are the main benefits of volunteer work? How do you think that volunteer work affects volunteers themselves? Do you think that this is emotionally meaningful and fulfilling? What motivation and incentives do people have to do volunteer work? 
4. Do you think working as a volunteer is a kind of “dilemma”? How would you feel about working as a volunteer vs. having a job that pays lots of money but is boring and uninteresting? Have you ever experienced such a dilemma? What other dilemmas have you had in your recent history?
5. How does volunteerism relate to modern “global values” and exchanges of culture? Do you think that volunteer projects promote discussions about cultural traditions and values? Do you think that the idea of being a volunteer is at all related to cultural upbringing? 
6. Have you ever changed your mind or gone against your basic instincts to pursue a particular project or adventure? Even if this was not volunteer work, have you ever stepped outside of your usual comfort zone to try something new or to help others? Was this pursuit a dilemma for you?
Schedule: Please put topic ideas in the Suggestion Box!
Saturday, 08 December at 10:30
Thursday, 13 December at 5:30

English Teen Club on Travelling

On Wednesday, the 5th of December FLEX alumna Dasha led the English Teen Club. The topic of the lesson was “Travelling”.
The members of the club had a great opportunity to learn new words that will help them while travelling to other countries. In addition, there was a fun game, where the participants had to put the words in a right order to build sentences. At the end of the club Dasha had a special quiz for the members of the club. With the help of this quiz everybody checked how well they know Europe and fun facts about it. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Celebrate December 12 as American English Day!

On December 12, the State Department will officially launch American English, a website for overseas teachers and learners of English as a foreign language. This website is an extensive resource center not only for American English language teaching and learning, but also for American culture. It provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom. 
December 12 also marks the official launch of Trace Effects, a 3-D immersion video game intended for young English language learners (see background here). A link to the game is included on the American English website. Ideas for Launch of American English (http://americanenglish.state.gov/):
https://conx.state.gov/trace/ 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4th is Wildlife Conservation Day

December 4th is Wildlife Conservation Day - a global event aimed at educating foreign publics about wildlife trafficking and inspiring them to take action against this illicit trade.
The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has released its new electronic journal "Go Wild! Coming Together for Conservation", December 2012. The publication may be freely distributed to your contacts, either in part or in its entirety. 
Pamphlet "Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Respect and Protect":


Wildlife Conservation Day Pledge that encourages people to sign up to show their support for the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. Please promote the pledge on your social media sites:
To explore previous electronic e-publications, please click here:

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 4th is Wildlife Conservation Day

December 4th is Wildlife Conservation Day - a global event aimed at educating foreign publics about wildlife trafficking and inspiring them to take action against this illicit trade.
The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has released its new electronic journal "Go Wild! Coming Together for Conservation", December 2012. The publication may be freely distributed to your contacts, either in part or in its entirety.
Pamphlet "Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Respect and Protect":


Wildlife Conservation Day Pledge that encourages people to sign up to show their support for the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. Please promote the pledge on your social media sites:
To explore previous electronic e-publications, please click here:

Saturday, December 1, 2012