American Language Center January E-Newsletter
January , 20 2014
Dear ALC and Access students,
Welcome to the first 2014 edition of American Language Center E-Newsletter. We would like to start with a brief summary of the most important events from the previous semester. Our special thanks go to Valeria Stropsa, Stanislav Stavarachi and Luminița Condur - our most active students who participated in the essay competition and have also been actively involved in ALC events. Thank you for your contribution and hard work!
1. American Councils Moldova Celebrates International Education Week
American Councils Moldova celebrated International Education Week with a seminar for Moldovan high school and college students from major academic institutions, including the State University of Moldova, the Academy of Economic Studies, the Technical University of Moldova, and the Free International University. Organized in collaboration with ”B.P. Hajdeu” Municipal Library, the U.S. Embassy in Moldova, and the Moldova Educational Advising Center, the event offered over 100 Moldovan high school and college students information regarding various scholarship opportunities offered by the U.S. Department of State. The event's guest speakers were Otilia Colac, Adviser at the Educational Advising Center, Brent Israelsen, Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moldova, and Dorina Calinovschi, Director of Studies at the American Language Center. The sessions included information on TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT exam preparation, writing tips for winning scholarship essays, and guidelines for a well-structured curriculum vita. International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is a special way to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, attracting future leaders from abroad to pursue international exchange experiences in the U.S.
More details on: www.americancouncils.md/news
2. Best American Language Center Essay Competition winner announced
WHY I LIKE STUDYING ENGLISH AT ALC
I started studying English when I was a child, and it has always been a pleasure to me. To deepen my knowledge in English, I decided to go to a language center. Now I understand ALC was a good choice. I like studying here, firstly because this language center has very nice staff. The employees are always polite, and smile every time you come in, so it makes the atmosphere become more cheerful, and that's why you are more willing to start the class. Also, the teachers are very professional in what they do, and they seem to have broad knowledge in the domain of teaching foreign languages. For instance, each time I come to ALC and I'm very tired, from the moment I enter the center, my mood always gets better by just having some nice small talks with the people here.
Secondly, I like it because it provides good TOEFL preparation. The materials we use, the way we discuss them, and also how we correct our mistakes makes my group mates and me understand the material much better than anywhere else. For example, when I came here, I thought that the TOEFL exam was the hardest thing ever, but now, after I took part in this very helpful course, it seems not so hard anymore. Besides the fact that I came here to learn the structure of the TOEFL exam, I also improved my English skills in general, due to the fact that time was so efficiently used.
In conclusion, it is was a very good choice to come to ALC. I felt very welcome at this center because of the nice people who work here, and also because I improved my TOEFL and English skills a lot.
3. A spacial prize from the American Language Center was awarded to Luminița Condur (ALC Cahul), the author of the most original power point essay.
To read essay, click here
4. The Resources of the Month recommended by our teachers:
BBC Learning English http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/, a wonderful website with free resources intended to help you improve your learning of the English language. Throughout the site you will find short courses, quizzes, grammar, vocabulary, audio and video that will help you to improve your English. You will be able to download mp3 and PDF files to practice your listening and reading skills. Watch and listen to the “BBC Flatmates” video series http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/ and improve your grammar playing online quizzes http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/archivequiz.shtml.
Learn English Today -> http://www.learn-english-today.com/
A wonderful website created in 2003 by Kathleen, an experienced EFL teacher living and working in France, to help her students with some basic grammar rules.
ESL Notes http://www.eslnotes.com/index.html - to help you learn English through movies
The site was created by Raymond Weschler, a writer, ESL instructor, librarian and attorney, currently living in Berkeley, California and publishes a great collection of movie scripts - detailed synopsis of a popular movie that consists of the following: a summary of the plot, a list of the major characters, an extensive glossary of vocabulary and various cultural references that even advanced ESL learners would often not understand and questions for ESL class discussion. You can browse through the introductory explanations, links or other sections in the menu bar above, scan a list of our offerings in the pull-down menu below, or go straight to all the synopses.
5. American Language Center Honorary Student
Stanislav Stavarachi is a smart young man who studies English as a hobby and for work. He has been a student at American Language Center for a few years and he is also a dedicated member of our Saturday Discussion Club sessions. He is a very thoughtful, hard-working and diligent student. He feels comfortable working in a team as well as independently.Good luck, Stanislav!
6. American Language Center teachers share their expertise during ETRC Fall School
In November a group of ALC teachers were invited as moderators at the English Teaching Resource Center Fall School attended by over 150 Moldovan teachers from all regions of the country.
7. New ALC branch in Șoldănești
A new American Language Center subdivision was opened in Șoldănești. This semester, twelve students learn English under the ALC brand in one elementary and one upper intermdiate level group.
8. All ALC and Access students are invited to participate in the January Power point Essay Competition
Send us a creative powerpoint essay in English entitled ”The best ways to study English” and win a USB flash drive to save all your English files (by email firstname.lastname@example.org ). The essay should list the best methods to study English with appropriate examples (for instance: watching movies in English, learning irregular verbs, browsing through EFL websites, discussing with a native speaker, making American friends on Facebook, etc.).
Deadline: February 9, 2014
Criteria for judging the power point essays:
- Creativity 60%
- "Wow!" factor 10%
- Use of appropriate examples 20%
- Accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation 10%
We are wishing you the best of luck!