July, 1 2013
July 6th was a special day for American Councils in Moldova. Over fifty Open World, PFP, FLEX and Access alumni gathered at the office to celebrate US Independence Day, to honor the most active alumni, to share alumni success stories and to thank American Councils Moldova strategic partners. David Jesse, American Councils Moldova Country Director opened the official ceremony and handed in Thank You awards to our most active alumni and strategic partners , such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, English Teaching Resource Center, Radio Moldova, State University of Moldova and many others. Daniela Munca-Aftenev, Open World/PFP Program Officer moderated a Jeopardy game on American culture, symbols and lifestyle and Olga Morozan, Access Coordinator, presented most important Web 2.0 tools which can be incorporated in international educational projects. Our guests participated in the Independence Day lottery and won various prizes offered by American Councils Moldova strategic partners, which included free English language courses and free professional development opportunities.
Parallel to the alumni event, the American Language Center organized a free entrance English Speaking Club session based on the Independence Day theme. Two of our special guests were the American participants in the Eurasia Regional Language Program administered by American Councils in Moldova, who organized traditional American games and contests for young students interested to learn English. They spoke to participants with various English accents to reflect the way English is spoken in New York and Texas.
In the afternoon of the same day, over thirty Access students and teachers involved in the annual EFL summer camp, joined by FLEX and e-Winning participants, celebrated Independence Day with a special party: they sang American songs, organized various teambuilding activities, created Independence Day posters, flags, symbols, postcards, put together a 3-D puzzle depicting the Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge and Independence Hall and discussed their significance for the American history and culture. Access students dressed up as American presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, and delivered excerpts from their most famous works, the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence. To close the party, Access students learned the "God Bless America" lyrics and pulled confetti poppers.