In May I started attending new computer technology workshops in the English Teaching Resourse Center at the English Department of the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, sponsored by the American government. We were discussing our future plans about using technology in education and ways to implement those ideas.
I also enjoyed workshops which were presented by the American teacher Tomas Tasker, Senior English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State.
One of the workshops introduced teachers to using English language corpora in the classroom. Teachers searched the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) to investigate their questions about lexis and grammar.
This was the final workshop in the Technology Certificate Series. A certificate was awarded to those participants who came to three or four seminars, and prepared a short presentation on a project they could do with their students.
I was among those who got the Certificate of Attendance for mastering new communication skills to be used in classrooms.
The most interesting thing for me was sharing ideas with the group members.
I would like to master ipod skills and teach my pupils to download to their computers and then upload and store gymnasium news on the internet.
Wednesday, June 23, seminar, "Exploring Opportunities Abroad for Ukrainian EFL Teachers” was facilitated by a guest Mary Martin Lane, who served as the English Language Fellow 2008-2009. Mary Martin shared about her voluntary EFL teaching during this summer 2010. The formal session was run from 4:00 to 5:00PM, followed by an informal conversation session. It was also great to meet and talk to Mary Young, peace corpus volonteer from the USA.