As a Chinese proverb says: To learn a language is to have one window from which to look at the world. The pupils of school Parostok completely agree with it. We can discover new places, discuss interesting things and become involved in learning vocabulary together. The 23rd of April is not an exception. This day is considered to be an English Language Day, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. Ann Ischeikina, the organizer of this event this year, reminded us about its origin. This Language Day aims to increase awareness as well as discover new things about English traditions and customs.
Have you ever heard British humour? Were you the last to get the joke? Well, admittedly British humour is hard to pin down. Sasha Suprunets and his crew tried to show us that unique and unusual sense of humour. They told us about sarcasm and irony, satire and absurd… We laughed together while watching Mr Bean and explained each other the meaning of some jokes. We really enjoyed it.
Serhiy Trusov and his crew presented us a story about British educational system. To our surprise, we have the same way teachers leave their notes to learners ( for example: his language is poor or he isn’t always ready for the classes). And…you may not believe - similar schedules!
I was proud of Liza Popova because it was the first time of speaking English in public being calm and confident. She was able not only to present her story but also explain and answer the questions. Serhiy as a team leader could join all of his members of the crew in order to prepare an interesting story.
Agatha Christie is a well-known English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature. A lot of interesting things about her life and her love to detective stories were told by Andrew Zabolotnikov and his crew.
My favourite topic of discussion is national cuisine. Dima Kozhevnikov and members of his crew presented us a list of traditional delicious desserts, told recipes, the process of cooking. And…they treated us with some of them! We felt the spirit of British tradition 5 o’clock tea! It was great to try cookies, pies and pancakes made by our pupils!
Enriching vocabulary is highly important for everyone. That’s why we sang an English song, watched an English film, learnt synonyms and phrasal verbs. The most interesting task, from my point of view, was making different parts of speech having a noun. My pupils liked learning idioms.
I can keep writing but it’s worth visiting once than listening to hundred times. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to describe my feelings when I was listening to sonnets by Shakespeare. Pupils prepared their favourite sonnets learnt by heart. Masha Dmytryeva recited the sonnet in both languages. It was so romantic and touching! It was exciting!
I am thanking to all my learners for unforgettable moments and discovering together! Now we know it’s not difficult to find synonyms and guess the meaning of the word. It’s worth organizing such interesting days! Thanks Ann for the first try! A good beginning is half the battle!
By Larysa Fisun