пʼятниця, 7 травня 2021 р.

Amazing Places

Our world is full of amazing places and it’s important to notice them! Yesterday, members of our English Speaking Club gathered online to talk about some of those places! The topic was sightseeing holidays and to start off, we learned some vocabulary such as famous places to visit; sightseeing activities and idioms. Then we practiced using them by doing a picture description activity. After that we all had a great opportunity to improve our speaking with a game called small talks, in which our visitors were given only 2 minutes to keep a conversation going. The participants from different cities in Ukraine and countries made this meeting fun and a blast! See you next time!

пʼятниця, 30 квітня 2021 р.

Movie Night

Last Thursday, Window on America Center for Future Leaders had another session of English Speaking C
lub where we all talked about Movies 🎬, Cinema and Food 🍿🍕🥤we usually eat there, Oscar Award and Film Genres. Our guests from different cities (Kherson, Odessa, Dnipro) and even countries (Cambodia, Kazakhstan) did some fun activities such as "Conversation Cards", Guess the movie by its famous quote" and "Create your own film plot using random story cards". 

It was a great 😊 practice because we all had an opportunity to improve our English with native speakers from the USA and Canada who are currently living in Ukraine.

пʼятниця, 23 квітня 2021 р.

Keep Learning English

Nowadays learning languages is an essential part in our life. Lots of people are learning at least one foreign language. Window on America Center for future Leaders decided to dedicate the last meeting of English Speaking Club to studying them. As usual we started with warning up questions and then we looked through some practical tips and discussed if they were really helpful. Among them are: 

* Have a reason that motivates you;

* Have a partner;

* Talk to yourself;

* Keep it relevant; 

* Have fun with it;

* Listen to people and watch them speaking;

* Immerse yourself etc. 

Thanks our native speakers we can improve our English and have fun with it.

пʼятниця, 9 квітня 2021 р.

English Speaking Practice

Last Monday and Thursday Window on America Center for Future Leaders gathered its members online from different countries to speak English and have fun 🤩. We were glad to meet people from Kazakhstan, Canada, Cambodia, The USA, Great Britain, Thailand and Ukraine. It was a memorable experience to get to know so many interesting people and improve our English! The game “5 words” helped us to speak a lot and ask each other different questions. In this game, our visitors had to describe their perfect day using only 5 words and after that the rest group had to ask questions regarding each word. It was a great way to get to know each other better. If you would like to improve your English and hear different accents join our online meetings every Monday and Thursday!

пʼятниця, 2 квітня 2021 р.

"Nina and Eve's Adventures"

Another great meeting Window on America Center for Future Leaders Kherson had today with Irina Skybenko, an author of books for teens, who presented her new book “Nina and Eve at Schonbrunn Palace”. The young readers of the Kherson Library for Children joined this meeting via zoom and not only had a wonderful opportunity to get to know the characters better but also improved their English because Irina’s books are in English. We did some pre-reading activities and even made a short virtual tour around the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna. Overall it was a really interesting and exciting meeting. So we are looking forward to the next session.

четвер, 1 квітня 2021 р.

Discover America

Young readers of the Kherson Oblast Library for Children visited Window on America Center for Future Leaders yesterday to increase their knowledge about the USA. We played a board game “50-star game land: Discover America” which was designed by librarians. To find out more interesting facts about the United States children answered different questions on 5 categories such as nature, history, inventions, culture and disneyland. Besides questions visitors also looked at the US map and found different states on it. At the end of the game we also had 3 winners who got small presents - notepads and pens with WOA logo on them. Hope this game helped our readers to find out something new about the USA.  

понеділок, 15 березня 2021 р.

Color of spring

We are always happy to see visitors at the Kherson oblast Library for Children named after Dniprova Chayka and last sunday Window on America Center for Future Leaders had 3 meetings of English Club for kids, teens and adults. Anna Reznik chose the spring topic for each group. Thus we all revised the spring vocabulary playing the game called assosiation and watching a video “What happens in spring?”. Then the little visitors did another activity called “Iceberg” where they jumped from “iceberg” to “iceberg” and called the words and phrases.

 Teens were working in groups and made up some short spring stories. 

And there was a boardgame “Name 3” which we played with adults and improved our speaking.

пʼятниця, 12 березня 2021 р.

The Art of Photography

Photography has become really popular in the art world so Window on America Center for Future Leaders Kherson decided to discuss this topic yesterday during the English Speaking Club's meeting. We looked through some types of photography and discussed our favorite ones. 

We are really thankful to Connelly Molnar, our American friend for sharing his amazing pictures (he is very good at it 👌) and the opportunity to see beautiful places across the United States. 

We’ll definitely continue talking about this topic so don’t miss a chance to join our next meeting and share your thoughts.

пʼятниця, 5 березня 2021 р.

What's in your name?

What’s in your name? That was the topic we discussed yesterday at Window on America for Future Leaders Kherson with visitors who joined online. We answered the questions related to the topic and then compared the names in different countries as well and explained why we like ours. We also learned some useful expressions started with “It’s...” (it's doesn't matter; it doesn't make any sense; it's doesn't prove a thing; it's none of your business; it's a lie; it's all the same to me; it's beside the point; it's new to me; it's out of a place; it's up to you; it's waste of time) and made up life situations using those phrases. And for a speaking game activity we chose “D-Icebreakers: feelings“. 

We are always happy to see new people on our practices so if you would like to become part of it - please do it. 

See you on Monday

понеділок, 1 березня 2021 р.

Read Along

To spend Sunday with the whole family is very easy especially with the Kherson Oblast Library for Children. This day Window on America Center for Future Leaders  held 3 meeetings of English Club for kids, teens and adults. “Read Along” was the topic we discussed today with different questions about books 📚 and reading. All groups of visitors learned some vocabulary and did some activities to remember it. Also with the smallest visitors we read a story from "English ladder" sets.

With the teenagers we did "Madlibs" and then made up our own story. 

And with adults, after discussing some questions we also reviewed the grammar and how to talk about likes 👍and dislikes 👎.

середа, 24 лютого 2021 р.

English in Use

English is one of the most spoken languages all over the place so that’s very important to enrich vocabulary every day. Last Monday Window on America Center for Future Leaders Kherson gathered its members via zoom where we improved our speaking skills. To start off Anna Reznik prepared a boardgame “What do you know about…

? and we all tried to write down as many facts as we knew about bananas, English, Tokyo
, jazz and the USA. After that we all had an opportunity to learn some of the really useful idioms and fixed expressions such as "hang on", "What's Up?", "go ahead", "never mind", "it's up to you", "get rid of it", "keep an eye on something", "get nowhere", "on the tip of my tongue" etc. And of course all the participants got they homework - to make up sentences using these phrases.

Can’t wait to have our next English Practice which is on Thursday. And as always it starts at 4pm.

пʼятниця, 19 лютого 2021 р.

Love Your Pet Day

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day
, so Window on America for Future Leaders Kherson held an online meeting of Speaking Club dedicated to animals and pets. Anna Reznik prepared some discussion questions and after that we learned some useful phrases and idioms. A lot of our visitors have more that one pet so they shared some funny stories about their domestic animals.

Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you enjoy spending time with them. So don’t forget to show your appreciation to your pets 😊.

неділя, 14 лютого 2021 р.

Happy Valentine's Day

Today, February 14th when lots of people are celebrating the Valentine's Day, Window on America for Future Leaders Kherson had two meetings of English Club for kids and teens. We were so happy to meet children at the library after a long break. And of course we talked  about “St. Valentine’s Day” holiday, learned some words and phrases related to it and played games such as "Bingo" and "Pictionary". 

Teenagers discussed some questions and worked with the presentation to know more facts about this holiday. We all had an opportunity to practice our English with each other and looking forward to our next offline meeting.

пʼятниця, 12 лютого 2021 р.

"On the Move"

To be “on the move” is one of the most important things in our life. And yesterday Window on America Center for Future Leaders held an online meeting of English Speaking Club where we talked a lot about "Active Lifestyle" and the importance of healthy living. First of all we reviewed the vocabulary of body movements and described the people on random pictures. Then we looked through some grammar rules of using adverbs of manner. At the end all visitors made up a story adding sentences one by one with the words they had learned before. Join us next Monday at 4pm and improve your English.

середа, 10 лютого 2021 р.

Let's Talk about... the future

Another great session of English Speaking Club was yesterday where we continued discussing the future. But at the beginning our visitors made choices between two different items like tea or coffee, sun or snow, early mornings or late mornings etc. and explained their choices. After that we all got to know new phrases for taking about the future. Here’s the list of them :

- it will happen any minute now;

- it’s just around the corner;

- near future;

- in our lifetime;

- it’s a sign of things to come;

- I’m counting days until...;

- sooner or later; 

- I’ll get around to it;

- I’ll do it right away; 

- Time will tell. 

And then we did a fun activity “What happens next” trying to guess the end of the stories. Join us to practice your #english because there you can hear the language from the native speakers.

пʼятниця, 29 січня 2021 р.

Every Day English

An online meeting of English Speaking Club was yesterday and we practiced our English with each other. We played a game “Name 5” and revised our vocabulary in different topics such as "Jobs", "Movies and TV Shows", "Sports" and "Containers". We discussed questions and shared our favorite items. It was amazing 🤩 to meet active members from different places and can’t wait to see all of them next time. Join us every Monday and Thursday and learn English with pleasure.

середа, 27 січня 2021 р.

Time will Tell

Yesterday there was an online meeting of English Speaking club which was dedicated to our childhood memories. We answered some questions in order to find out more about each other and shared the most vivid moments of that time. We also looked at some "Time expressions"  such as “Time’s up”, “Time after time”, “Take your time”, “At one time”, “At the best of times”, “In no time”. The most confusing for them were “In time” and “On time” #expressions . But after practicing and using them in different sentences it all went perfect 🤗

пʼятниця, 22 січня 2021 р.

Let's chat

English Speaking Club is continuing its online meetings for active members every Monday and Thursday. And yesterday we all gathered via Zoom and practiced our English. There is a tradition to start an English practice with "Icebreaker" questions which help people to get to know each other better. Then we had time to review some grammar rules and the difference of using “used to”, “be used to” and “get used to”. To consolidate the material we played a board game called “Tell me about ...”.

середа, 20 січня 2021 р.

"First Trip to the Sea"

We had a very exciting zoom meeting yesterday where we met a wonderful person Irina Skibenko. IRINA is an English teacher, a traveler and a writer, so she was ecstatic to present her first book “Nina and Eve. First Trip to the Sea” to a group of teenage girls in Kherson. We did different prereading activities in order to find out more about the main characters, went on a virtual tour to Turkey as the main characters did using the Google map. 

And because one of the book's characters is a dog, we learned more about dachshunds while watching a video. The girls really enjoyed participating in this event and they are looking forward to the next meeting with this amazing author. A huge thanks to Irina Skibenko for her books, which you can read at the our library.

Knowing Martin Luther King Jr.

On January, 18th the USA celebrated the Martin Luther King day or the MLK Day - a federal holiday in the United States. The MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off”. And the topic we chose to discuss yesterday was dedicated to this significant person. We tried to find answers to such questions as:

Why is it important to celebrate MLK Day?

What is the main idea of MLK speech?

What do you like to do for others? 

What is your “dream” for our country?

It is always very interesting to get to know about different holidays from other countries and compare them with ours.

пʼятниця, 15 січня 2021 р.

The Beauty of Art

How wonderful life can be with art you just need to notice it everywhere. Yesterday Window on America for Future Leaders Kherson led the meeting of English Speaking Club via Zoom where we talked about “The Beauty of Art”. We learned some art idioms and art vocabulary and found out the difference between fine art , arts and crafts, visual art and performance art. We looked at some famous pictures of Da Vinci , Van Gogh , Salvador Dali etc. Of course we discussed questions related to the topic and did fun activities such as “Drawing dictation“ and “At talking activity”. During the first one, one of the participants should have described every detail in the piece of art work which he liked and the others should have drawn it. It was fun 🤩 especially when we compared the pictures then.

вівторок, 12 січня 2021 р.

We are what we do!

"We are what we do" - that was the topic we discussed yesterday during the English Speaking Club. Window on America for Future Leaders Kherson gathered its visitors via Zoom and we all practiced our English with native speaker, our American friend. We talked a lot about habits and shared some good and bad habits, eating habits, exercise habits and sleeping habits etc. Then we looked through some habit quotes and explained their meanings. At the end we played a game called "20 Questions" which was great because we all tried to #guess someone’s habit. Thank you dear friends for joining us and practicing English. See you all on Thursday at 4pm.