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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The English Club on "Music in Our Life"

Music in our lives! Come and share what music means to you… and how it has affected your life. Bring a musical instrument and a song to play or sing, if you wish, or just come and enjoy the music and conversation! 
When: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:30 am,
Where: 'Window on America Center' English Club with Mike Dixon as facilitator

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Розпочинається дистанційне навчання "Introduction to Business English" /Консультативний центр мережі EducationUSA/

Dear EducationUSA Advising Center Visitors,
We'd like to invite you to join a free 5-week Distance Education Course

- "Introduction to Business English" starting January 29, 2014. The course, which is offered by the University of California, Irvine in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, will be conducted by U.S. Government exchange programs alum and take place at the Alumni Resource Center (20 Esplanadna Str., Kyiv).

If you are interested in improving your business communication skills, then don't hesitate to sign up for the course.

Please provide the following information: name, contact information, university and field of study. Please send it at by Monday, January 27, 6 PM. Subject: Introduction to Business English.

This course is designed to improve your international Business communication skills to further advance your career. Learn more about doing business in the U.S. as well as internationally. Students will study business concepts, business English, and enhance cross-cultural communication skills for business and professional settings. 

Every week, there will be short clips of video lectures, discussions and vocabulary assignments. The course will be 5 weeks with the following topics: Cross-Cultural Business Practices, English for Marketing, English for Finance, English for the American Pitch and Corporate Culture and Leadership. You will watch the lectures on your own and then come to the Alumni Resource Center once a week for facilitated discussions that will be provided throughout the course. Those who have finished all these parts successfully and participated in our facilitated discussions will receive a certificate of participation. 


Kyiv EducationUSA Advising Center

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

20 Esplanadna Street, 6th floor

Kyiv, 01001

T +38 044 289 3952

F +38 044 289 3921

Консультативний центр мережі EducationUSA

Американські Ради з міжнародної освіти: ACTR/ACCELS

вул. Еспланадна, 20, 6 поверх

Київ, 01001

Тел.: +38 044 289 3952

Факс: +38 044 289 3921

Клуб спілкування англійською мовою - 23 січня 2014

Чергове засідання англійською мовою відбудеться 23 січня о 17.30 в Інформаційному Центрі "Вікно в Америку". Лідер зустрічі - Михайло Г.

Зустріч з випускницею програми FLEX

22 січня 2014 р. в Інформаційному Центрі "Вікно в Америку" о 17.00 відбудеться зустріч з випускницею програми FLEX Ліною С. Учасники матимуть змогу переглянути уривок з навчального фільму та обговорити його. Обговорення для тих, хто починає вивчати англійську мову. Стане цікавим й для тих, хто вже володіє даною іноземною мовою.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Today's English Club on "My Inner World: Self Discovery, Self Help, Personal Growth" with Ihor S.

Discussion: My Inner World: Self Discovery, Self Help, Personal Growth

“World peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace to stabilize it”/ Peace Pilgrim/


1. Do you agree with the following statement “My Inner World is an interactive journey of self-discovery. It is synchronistic in nature and encourages exploration”. What do you do for your Self Discovery, Self Help, Personal Growth every day?

2. Have you ever felt that you can not reconcile with anyone under any circumstances, no matter how much you try? Is it easy to you to start friendship with anyone you like? Or, to get along so well with someone you've only just met that you wondered if you know of his/her lifetime?

3. How often do you notice and mark individual differences in a behavior? Do you judge people for these mismatches with you? How to avoid judgement? Do you know any tips or rules that you practically use? Have you ever been judged by someone for nothing? Why? Sometimes behaviors cause thoughts and sometimes thoughts cause behavior. Can anyone’s ‘judgement message’ ruin your inner calm? How often do you react on judgement? 

4. How often do you think about laziness /sloth, ineptitude, idleness/? How to overcome laziness? Is it often considered to be a sign of weakness or shirking? Does a lazy monster threaten to invade your motivation while doing important activities? Do you think that all problems you have are a cause of your idleness? 

5. We've all been in the circumstances where we're having a conversation (or argument) with someone and they're convinced you're wrong about something, even though you know you're right. Whether it's a trivial fact, or a serious issue, how do you react to the accusation? What is right choice? Is it always necessary to change someone's mind? When you both think you're right, is it two egos clashing? 

6. Are you well organized? Do you follow a time management? What is your attitude to morning exercises? How much time do you spend on communication with people on Facebook? What do you do to occupy yourself with anything? What hobbies do you have? How much time do you spend for your relatives / beloved/ a spouse / children / yourself? 

Schedule: Thursday, 23 January at 5.30 pm – Mykhailo G.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The English Club on "My Inner World: Self Discovery, Self Help, Personal Growth"

The English Club on "My Inner World: Self Discovery, Self Help, Personal Growth" with Ihor S.
When: January 18, 2014 at 10.30 am
Where: at WOA Center

Today's Discussion with Helen Ch.

English Club 
January 16, 2014
on “Patriotism. Motherland”
Leader: Helen Ch.
Patriotic Quotations:

• I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
• A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis

1. What is ‘patriotism’ for you? What is the difference between ‘patriotism’ and ‘nationalism’? Do you agree with Samuel Johnson’s statement “Patriotism is the last refuge for scoundrels”?
2. What is your attitude to the Ukrainian language? Should we have only one state language in Ukraine? 
3. What is ‘Cosmopolitanism’? What’s a relationship between ‘Patriotism’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’? What is a definition of ‘globalization’? What is your attitude to this process of international integration? Does this interchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture have positive or negative results on any nation? What is your definition of a ‘multicultural society’? What are the benefits of a multicultural society? “Multicultural societies create more problems than benefits.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
4. What is your attitude to ‘emigration’? Do you know the difference between words “emigrant” and “immigrant”?
5. Can we compare the attitude to your family with the attitude to your homeland (motherland)? Has your attitude to notions ‘patriotism’ and ‘motherland’ been changed during your lifetime? Has attitude to such notions as ‘patriotism’ and ‘motherland’ been changed in our society during the last time? 
6. Can anyone become a patriot of a foreign country? Could anyone be a patriot of a country without its citizenship, even not living in it?
Saturday: January 18, 2014 – Ihor S. – at 10.30 am

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The 1st Activity at the English Club for Beginners this Year

The English Club for Beginners has started its functioning. 

The first activity organized in 2014 was held at WOA Center on January 14, 2014. The participants of this session shared their season's greetings, stories on Christmas holidays and told more about future plans and resolutions. A review of the Grammar topic "Comparatives and Superlatives", some practical exercises on it and a short presentation were a continuation of a discussion at the beginning of this meeting. 

The next activity is going to be on January 21, 2014 at 5.45 pm at WOA Center.

Reminder on the English Club with Volunteers

English Club Session with FLEX Alumna

You are invited for the English Club session with FLEX alumna on January 22, 2014 (at 5.00 pm, at WOA Center). We'll watch the first episode of a humorous TV-show "Extra English", which is a perfect way to improve your English if you are a beginner and dream to speak English fluently. We'll have a discussion afterwards.
Зустріч на клубі спілкування англійською мовою з випускницею програми FLEX відбудеться 22 січня на 17.00. На Вас чекає перегляд першого епізоду гумористичної стрічки "Extra English", цікаве обговорення. Це ефективний спосіб покращити Ваші знання англійської, особливо якщо Ви початківець і мріїти вільно розмовляти англійською.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The English Club with Helen Ch.

Академічні Інститути з американознавства у США влітку 2014 року

6-тижневі літні Інститути з американознавства проводяться в університетах та коледжах США для викладачів вищих навчальних закладів та науковців різних країн світу і адмініструються Відділом преси, освіти і культури Посольства США.

30 січня 2014 р. у Центрі "Вікно в Америку" - КОНКУРС!

30 січня 2014 р. у Центрі "Вікно в Америку" о 17.30 в рамках Клубу спілкування з волонтерами відбудеться зустріч з Майклом Діксоном - "Music in Our Lives". Також відбудеться конкурс на найкраще виконання музичного твору. За бажанням можна також проспівати свою улюблену пісню. Просимо зареєструватися та подавати усі заявки на наступну адресу: Не забудьте вказати тему повідомлення "Конкурс", своє прізвище та твір, що буде виконуватися. В якості нагороди на цей раз - торт. 
Також під час зустрічі відбудеться урочисте нагородження Сертифікатами найкращих лідерів наших клубних зустрічей. Завершиться зустріч обговоренням теми. 
До зустрічі у Центрі.

Monday, January 13, 2014

English 4 Beginners: Reminder

You are invited for our activity at the English Club for Beginners.
Where: WOA Center.
When: January 14, 2014 at 5.45 pm.

Bring a musical instrument and a song to play or sing

Music in our lives!

Come and share what music means to you…

and how it has affected your life.

Bring a musical instrument and a song to play or sing, if you

wish, or just come and enjoy the music and conversation!

Thursday, January 30 at 5:30 pm,

Window on America Center English Club

with Mike Dixon as facilitator

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Movie Club - Reminder

The next Movie screening is going to be on January 12, 2014 at 4.30 pm.
A leader: Natalia M.
Where: Vinnytsia Window on America Center.
More: 56-27-44.

A Discussion with Vlad S. on "Population Decline and Overpopulation"

"Population Growth" became a topic of today's discussion at the English Club. A leader of this activity Vlad S. shared some interesting facts about the busiest international airport in the world with over 46 million passengers annually - John F. Kennedy Airport or JFK in New York. We talked about a population growth, its influence in global rates and results. New comers, students of Vinnytsia Medical University, told about a population in Namibia and Zimbabwe. It's decreasing. Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people. Poplulation decline and overpopulation are two great problems of humans nowadays. We continued with a discussion on "how information from various resources influence on us". The next discussion is going to be on January 16, 2014 at 5.30 pm.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Discussion on a Movie with Natalia M.

After having watched a movie "The Great Gatsby" we talked about this 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.


2014 Study of the United States Institutes Announcement

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is pleased to announce a competition for the 2014 Study of the United States Institutes.

A Discussion on Online Education with Serhii B.

Have you ever thought about bonuses from Online Education? Or perhaps, you’d like to add one more point to your New Year resolutions? Online education or distance learning is an approach of teaching and training in a particular degree program by the means of Internet. It's a modified way of learning, without the limitations brought about by timing, attendance and travel difficulties.

Today’s session was led by Serhii B. on Online Education Unlimited. We have done a lot including discussions in groups, watching TED about a Geek, participating in various activities, getting a large piece of information on our possibilities to start online course, for example in learning Art. Think about your notions what to choose and how to make the right choice.
To your request, we give the following links of these activities:

Saturday, January 4, 2014

E-Teacher courses:

The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take one of nine innovative, online university-level classes through the University of Oregon.

E-Teacher courses:
Introduce and explore current methodological concepts and issues in the English as a Foreign Language field
Provide an innovative distance-learning experience that uses the latest technology
Connect participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues

- See more at:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014