CHAIR OF THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TRANSLATION ORGANIZES MASTER-CLASSES FOR THE SCHOOL TEACHERS OF LUHANS’K REGION

The master-classes were devoted to the essay-writing and use of drama and role-play techniques in ELT.

During academic year 2012-2013 Chair of Theory and Practice of Translation of Luhans’k State Academy of Culture and Arts held several master-classes for the school teachers of Luhans’k within the framework of career guidance of school graduates.

 

The idea of such practice of greater coverage belongs to the senior lecturer Olga Zvyagintseva. In December 2012 she organized master-class for the school teachers of Slavyanoserbsk region. Peace Corp volunteer Will Granger and assistant professor Eugenia Zymych took part in this workshop.

In January 2012 the head of the Chair Natalya Rydnitska, lecturer Julia Kholmakova and Peace Corp volunteer Will Granger organized the same master-class in Alchevsk.

The master-classes were devoted to the essay-writing and use of drama and role-play techniques in ELT. More then 100 school teachers took part in these workshops, all of them got certificates.

Will Granger, for whom it was the first experience of working with school teachers, shared his impressions with us:

"Most of the teachers who took part in the master class seemed to be interested in learning English. Althoughsome of them seemed hesitant and out of practice, there was always a teacher who was excited to speak with a native speaker and eager to improve her or his English. I think these seminars can be most helpful to school teachers not only in that they introduce new teaching ideas to schools, but in that they give some teachers practice with speaking to a native speaker. In this instance, the seminars can be just as beneficial as a method for practicing speaking English as they are a seminar in exchanging ideas. It's true that many of the teacher's don't possess a high level of English, but this isn't any fault of their own. It is mainly due to the fact they are out of practice or don't have many opportunities to practice their language outside of the classroom. 

Although some of the teachers are hesitant to practice speaking English, that isn't at all the case with their willingness to take part in activities. Most of the activities discussed during the master class are designed with a school-aged student or teenager in mind. However, most of the teachers are open to playing the games during the seminar. They are not at all hesitant to touch their nose, wave their hands in the air, or scratch their partner's back during a game of Simon Says (a game most teachers in America use with students under the age of 10). There's usually an instance in each master class when I introduce an activity to the group and let them take it over once they understand how to play the game, and it usually happens without me asking them to do it. During the presentation in Alchevsk, it happened during the "What are you doing?" game. At first, teachers were a bit confused how to play the game, but once they learned how the game worked, they were able to continue the game independently without me needing to step in and tell them how it works. Seeing that makes me satisfied and confident that they will continue the practice into their own classrooms. If that is the case, even for one teacher, I consider the master class to be successful.

 

Julia Kholmakova

Will Granger

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