First, our Community Project:
The schools in the district all teach out of similar English books. In the back of these English books are scripts. The Ukrainian English teachers read these scripts aloud during class. Our project is to record all these scripts from a ton of books and put them onto CDs, so the students can hear native English speakers.
Second, Methodological Workshop:
Along with the CD’s we are organizing a workshop for the English teachers in our district. We are showing them how to use the newly made CD’s along with the Communicative Approach to teaching a language (Wikipedia it, sorry).
Third, English Week:
We are in the process of planning an English week for the students at our school in Saltykova. It includes a day of Healthy Living, Do’s and Don’ts, and a day of Exercise. I may break out the P90X for the exercise day – 12-year-old Ukrainians doing Ab Ripper X – thanks Tony Horton!
Finally, Ukrainian Language Classes and Teaching continues:
Of course good old 4-hour Ukrainian Language classes continue (though it has been cut down to 3 hours this week). I’m getting more immersed into the culture and language – I find myself speaking Ukrainian in dreams and thinking in Ukrainian. Chocha Luba now calls me her Ukrainian Boy, it’s going be tough to leave her next month. I told her I will take her in my duffle bag to site … but again my Ukrainian isn’t the greatest. I think she thought I said, “Get in my duffle bag.”
Anywho, I have started teaching young learners – specifically 2nd and 4th grade. I love them, its really fun to teach them but tiring at the same time.
I had my Site-Placement Interview on Monday, Peace Corps came down to our village and interviewed us about what we would like to be doing at site. If you don’t understand what I mean…. I am in training right now, it ends in 1 month. After that I will be sent to another location in Ukraine where I will be by myself working in a school and doing my own thing.
Anyway, I will soon have a permanent mailing address and will probably post a wish list of stuff. First on my list, a washing machine….yes that was a joke. There are a ton of books that I want, but I’ll get into that later.
I’ll leave you with a quote that I heard from our Peace Corps Country Director, Doug Teschner:
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit”