Eckersley Oxford (Oxford, UK)
Международная языковая школа Eckersley Oxford (Oxford, UK) с 28 ноября по 7 декабря 2011 г. (преподаватель – Джонатан П. Коваль, ВА, TESOL, см. фото на странице 2 каталога школы на 2012 г.) провела восьмидневный семинар для студентов III курсa. Куратор проекта – доцент кафедры лингвистики и переводоведения Елена Григорьевна Кузьмичева (см. фото на странице 3 каталога), которая летом 2011 г. прошла в школе стажировку для преподавателей.
Программа выездного семинара международной языковой школы Eckersley Oxford (Oxford, UK)-2011
(выборка страниц: титул; страница, где размещена фотография Дж. Коваля; страница, где размещена фотография Е.Г. Кузьмичевой)
Видеосъемка – Яна Цыганкова, III курс
An Unusual Experience of Learning a Language
Can you imagine a group of young people running chaotically around the room, laughing, and doing strange things in a very amusing manner? It is not a get-together or something for having fun as it might seem at a first glance. Indeed, what you see is merely an English lesson which is based on this unusual manner. I have had a luck to experience this method of teaching and I’d like to tell you about the impression it has made on me.
It was a 8-day course which was run by a native speaker from England. All the participants were involved in a never-ending action which included debates, presentations and sketches. And no Russian, please! Lessons were aimed at improving our speaking skills and the atmosphere of complete “language penetration” was created from the first minute of the course. So if you want to say something but you can’t, you must rack your brains and express the idea in English by all means. And there is always a teacher who can correct you if you ask him to.
What impression has it made on me? I consider this course to be a good temporary change of a habitual studying process. But I won’t go on it for the second time. After two days of “breaking the ice” I became bored with all these games and running about. Evidently, I prefer more academic methods of teaching. But, every coin has two sides, and I will always remember this course as an opportunity to meet interesting people, to talk with a native speaker and, of course, to have a great time.
(Студентка Анастасия Береснева (см. третье по счету фото) летом 2012 г. прошла языковую стажировку в вышеназванной школе, сдала кембриджский экзамен по английскому языку и получила международный сертификат FCE (Grade A). Студентка Олеся Никольская (см. первое фото) после окончания института продолжила свое взаимодействие с британской системой образования – поступила на бюджетной основе в магистратуру РУДН по направлению «Лингвистика» на совместную программу РУДН и Университета Метрополитен – Иностранный язык профессионального общения и специализированный перевод (все сферы экономики и бизнеса) и MA in Foreign Language of Professional Communication and Specialised Translation (London Metropolitan University). – Прим. редактора)
Фотографии прошедшего семинара:
Джонатан Коваль: впечатления
It’s now been almost a month since I was at Griboedov Institute working with two groups of wonderful individuals.
I hope the students enjoyed the course as much as I did. It was heavily geared towards speaking and listening. Students were challenged to talk from day one, not only talk, but to share their own opinions openly about topics they were interested in.
We discussed language learning and why it can be so boring sometimes! (I agreed with most points). We discussed the more enjoyable aspects too, the important uses, and so forth. We shared views on English and Russian culture, TV shows, film, and the art of presenting, debating, negotiating, and many other life skills. One of my most enjoyable topics was psychology. We had fun analysing ourselves and each other through drawing and colours. The students tried to sell houses of their own creations to one another, discussed the behaviour of apes, as well as playing multiple games that required more energy than one would consider normal within a classroom situation!
My aim was simple: to help students find their own confidence in using language. Without confidence and positivism language learning can only be slowed. This started with showing them how little I cared about mistakes and that being creative with words is vital. After all, that’s how language was first created. It is amazing to see how often students correct their own mistakes when teachers consciously decide not to. It’s a phenomenon of some kind and a powerful tool, all brought about on the belief that positivism is a crucial ingredient. The other belief is that noise in a language learning environment is an opportunity, as opposed to a threat. I hope that the students never shut up! Only then can we find out where students really are in terms of their language level, and then act accordingly. Traditional tests have their limits, as all teachers know.
In general students had a rich knowledge of individual lexical icons. Their collocational knowledge was better than expected (when considering their levels when using the CEF structure). Although words like nice, interesting, great, and big were used often, once students felt more free and easy with the language, those words were quickly replaced and language became richer and more expansive. Pronunciation was higher than average, no doubt thanks in some part to popular culture e.g. The Big Bang Theory and Lady Gaga. Grammar awareness differed, as is often the case when it comes to measuring through spoken forms (as opposed to written). That is often the result of not enough practice, a reality for most schools while exam structures and demands restrict all of us teachers.
I had some interesting conversations with the students’ regular teachers and I can say it is because of them that my job was much easier than it often is when I’m teaching in other schools all over the world. Within two days of this course commencing, the students’ great attitudes shone through so I was able to challenge them constantly. Effort 100%.
All that is left to say is thank you to all the teachers and administrative staff for your hospitality and support during my stay, especially Larissa, Olga, Elena, and the IT support guy (Тимур – прим. редактора) and a big thanks to Karina, Mary, Liana, Eugenia, ‘Grumpy’, Natalia, Yulia, ‘Queen Elizabeth’, Olesya, ‘Sleepy’, Ira, Nik, Kate, Yana, Anastasia, Maria, Dasha, Jane, Victoria, Katerina, Gleb, Nadin, Victoria, and Diana for being a pleasure to teach. I’m not so bad with names after all!
I hope we meet again.
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