вторник, 25 февраля 2014 г.

Resources for English Teachers

On 25 of February Sumy Window on America Center presented its resources and programs for English teachers from Sumy and Sumy region. We told them about center's activities, acquainted them with our center’s book collection, eLibraryUSA databases, iPads and Kindles. Also our guests leant about free online resources for learning and teaching English. Our guests expressed great interest in learning about our resources and programs.

четверг, 13 февраля 2014 г.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) in Eurasia and Central Asia is a program of the Bureau of

Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is supported by the people of the United States. The
Global UGRAD program provides opportunities for undergraduate students for full-time non-degree study in the United
States. Students must have at least one term remaining at their home institutions upon completion of the program.

Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.
Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and the Russian Federation will spend one semester

of non-degree study in a US university or community college. Participants from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will spend one academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college.

All participants will:
· Attend classes full-time during their academic program;

· Perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service in their host city; and

· Complete a professional development component during their program: part-time internships during the second

semester for academic year participants and Workplace Excellence professional field trips for semester participants.
Students in their 1st-year at the time of application will live with host families or in dormitories and will be enrolled in two-year

community colleges. All other students will live in dormitories at four-year colleges and universities.

The fellowship is fully funded and provides:

· J-1 Visa Support;

· Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to host institution in the United States;

· Accident and sickness coverage;

· Tuition and mandatory university fees;

· Room and board (housing and meals);

· Small incidentals allowance;

· Limited allowance for books; and

· A wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities.
See application for eligibility requirements and selection criteria.
All fields of study are considered.
Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, February 28, 2014 Applications for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia can be obtained and submitted by contacting IREX field
offices in Eurasia and Central Asia or online at www.irex.org

Please note that fellowship awards for the 2014-2015 Global UGRAD program are contingent on the appropriation of Federal funding by the

United States Congress.
IREX-Ukraine: 36D Saksahanskoho, 2nd Entrance,

5th Floor, Kyiv, 01033,
Tel/fax (044) 537-0604, 586-2780
E-mail: ugrad@irex.ua,

Website: www.

пятница, 7 февраля 2014 г.

Social and political issues.

Welcome to English-Speaking Club. Last month we had a variety of topics discussed:
14.01 Traditions in Ukraine
21.01 Parents and kids.
Social and political issues. 
The participants of the club worked in groups and discussed the following questions: if the government should fund space-programs, if parents should attend parent-courses before giving a birth to a child, if a person, who doesn't vote, should be fined. The discussion was held in a form of debates and each group expressed its point of view. 

четверг, 6 февраля 2014 г.

Living Library

Window on America, Peace Corps Volunteers, and Center for European Initiatives present: come to the 2nd floor of the Sumy Oblast Research Library - on Saturday, February 22nd, 1:00 pm to practice English. Sign up for three 30 minute sessions where you will be able to ask questions and converse with native speakers. We will have four presenters from the United States, one presenter from Germany, and one from Poland. All presentations will be in English.  

среда, 5 февраля 2014 г.

Conversation Circle

After the Christmas’ and New Year’s holidays Conversation Circle began its work. The first meeting took place on January 8th and was devoted to the discussion of the above mentioned holidays. Members of the group congratulated each other and told how each of them spent the holiday time. After that they compared the celebration of these holidays in the USA and Ukraine. During the second meeting on January 15th Ashley proposed to learn and repeat the “Games Vocabulary”. The third and the last of January’s meetings of the Conversation Circle took place on 29th of January. People played different board games and enjoyed the process of the learning of English. As it always happens every meeting was cheerful and informative.