воскресенье, 23 апреля 2017 г.

The future of the world is in my classroom today

If you ask any random adult if he would ever like to go back to his school classes, I'm sure that even an ex-straight A student  would never expose himself to experience it again. So why reminiscing our studying at school is something that makes us feel revulsion rather than nostalgia? It seems that the primary aim of education is not actually to educate but to force and establish the frames that limit our possibilities. But still there are people who fight against the system and put forward some great ideas we should keep up with and take into consideration. So I'd like to give feedback on some amazing TED talkers who give a fresh view on the subject.

  • The first speaker, Sugata Mitra, covers a lot of ground in his relevant speech.He starts with a brief background to the history and tells that the origin of today's schools dates back to the times of British Empire when education was aimed to create a bureaucratic administrative machine. The empire has gone, but the system remained the same. That is why to grasp the importance of education Sugata subscribes to the theory that the educational system today is obsolete. He also tells us about a very significant experiment he carried out during his researches. He went to remote areas of his country and gave computer to the kids that have never previously used it. He returned in a few months and found out that these eager beavers used the device as if they completed a course! He proves that practice makes perfect and our natural curiosity is something that pushes us to explore, to learn, to examine.
  • I honestly think that the second speaker, Ken Robinson, has a natural talent for making up remarkable decisions about the topic of education. In his speech he puts forward 3 principles on which a human life flourishes, and they're contradicted by the culture of education when most of the teachers need to labor and most of the students - endure.
    The first principle - human being are different, so education must be based on diversity but not conformity.
    The second principle - curiosity is the engine of achievement. The process of giving lessons is not only about delivering received information. Great teachers actually do that but they also stimulate, provoke and engage.
    Finally, the third principle - a human life is inherently creative so education mustn't suppress but encourage this characteristic. 
It's my firm conviction that there's a room for improvement in the modern system of education, especially in our country. So here are some of my personal reflections:
  • Student must have the right to choose the courses they want to do. Of course there must be compulsory ones but concerning secondary subjects it must be up to our personal choice. In this case the number of students skipping their classes will definitely decrease.
  • Learning must be predominant but not testing. Students usually tend to cram, then scrape through an exam and forget everything previously learnt with the sigh of relief. Education mustn't function this way.
  • The government must attribute a high status to the profession of the teacher and encourage them in all the ways possible. All of my group mates were asked whether they want to be translators or teachers, and the majority confidently stated - TRANSLATORS. The reason is that the profession of the teacher is not appreciated in our country.
  • More space for creativity. It great when students have practice in different scientific aspects but apart from that student need to go beyond their boundaries and give freedom to their thoughts and ideas.

пятница, 14 апреля 2017 г.


It was just an ordinary day for two of them. She had a lot of papers to examine, he had nothing to do but accomplish the tasks hіs boss obliged him to do. They were both conscientious characters as white collars never sleep and always work. Katherine was one of that girls with slim figure hiding it under costume. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover as despite her smart look she is a rather easy-going person. She didn't have striking appearance but always attracted attention with her razor-sharp mind and quick-witted personality. She was a rather extroverted person being a good company to everyone. Ban was a well-built man who was hiding his muscular body under a white office shirt. Comparing with his colleague he was a rather aloof character and had a hard time making new friends. But despite being so stand-offish, he still owned some virtues crucial for team spirit. He was considerate to others that created a good impression of him and everyone working in the office thought the word of him. The trick is that Ban has been madly in love with Kath since the time they first met a few years ago. And now he made a snap decision and decided to get that off his chest and tell Katherine about his feelings.


суббота, 25 марта 2017 г.

Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts

It goes without saying that emotions and feelings is an inevitable part of our existence. Every single day bring enormous moods for us, as now we jump for joy, but after an hour somebody fills us with dread or makes us feel apprehensive. Wearing your heart on your sleeve is much more better than bottling up your emotions that may lead to feeling down in the dumps. Lets be honest-nobody wants to feel depressed because of the lack of emotions in your everyday routine. In order not to make it homogeneous but versatile, we need to derive pleasure from being emotional. We must be grateful that we have such a splendid opportunity to express our feeling and emotions whenever and wherever we want. Such a priceless gift. 
Here are some pics of my life that display various feelings and emotion the face could ever "produce". Enjoy:)

There are so few songs in the world I get goose bumps from. And this song is actually that one-of-a-kind. In fact, I feel truly ecstatic listening to all of the compositions by Coldplay, and I'm in high spirits listening to this one. What's more, the video itself urges everyone to be in a state of euphoria as it provokes so many thoughts in your head. In love with this masterpiece.

суббота, 11 марта 2017 г.

суббота, 4 марта 2017 г.

Word Families. Word formation

Upstream Upper-Intermediate B2+ Unit 5 

Word families representation



It may sound a bit weird but words also need love, that is why they form word families. And it doesn't come as quite as surprise that many of them trace back to the ancient times. In fact, we must give credits to those Roman and Latin guys who actually contributed greatly to the lexicon of the English language we have now. 
Why do we need to know all that roots? Well, if you come across some article, for example, and see unknown word but the prefix is truly familiar, then you can generate some ideas about what that word could theoretically mean.
What's more, such prefixes may help you in the learning process, as you can automatically recognize the word if you know what its root means. Thus, you dispose all your words in the groups with the same root and similar meanings that decreases your suppression. The advantage of learning these roots is transparent because it gives you many opportunities to build up your vocabulary.

суббота, 25 февраля 2017 г.

English is boring? Ne, ne slyshal!

Dear Mr Who, 
I understand it's quite strange you receive an e-mail from the girl living in the XXI century, but you need to deal with it because I'm here to make your English learning process much easier instead of everyday struggle. Are you sick and tired of looking the words up in the paper dictionaries? Is the learning of English a frustrating activity for you? Do you think you're out of practice in expanding your vocabulary? I have an alternative option that will help you to make the most of learning the language with remarkable ease. So I have prepared a complex of online tools so that you could brush up on your English.


If you want to explore the word in the context this tool will definitely work for you. It is an effective way of building up your vocabulary as the context always helps to clarify unknown meaning.


The tool provides you with a wide range of collocations to a particular word. It's a terrible thing to waste if you want to make progress in the learning process.

 It is obvious that finding synonyms to different words is an essential part of expanding your lexicon. That is why SYNONYM FINDER will become a good friend of you.

Games will always be the funniest and the easiest way of studying. You just concentrate your mind on one particular goal and not being disturbed by other factors.

Another extremely useful game which helps you to recall the words you already know. 

Now you see that sticking to paper dictionaries only isn't a viable option. So many opportunities are waiting for you in the future, so don't hesitate to use them. See you soon! 


суббота, 18 февраля 2017 г.

Dazed But Not Confused

Dictionaries in use

     Using a dictionary turns out to be not that easy thing we all expected. Previously we didn't take it seriously when we looked up a word in a dictionary because that was just the usual process. However, now I know it was only the tip of the iceberg as dictionaries hide a lot of secrets that may come in handy. To make the most of using the dictionary here are some useful pieces of advice that will help you to build your vocabulary
  1. KNOW YOUR DICTIONARY. Prior to this tip it's essential to understand what your level of English is. If you learn ESL descriptive dictionary will effectively improve your knowledge. However, advanced learners more get down to the prescriptive ones as they speak the language fluently. 
  2. MONOLINGUAL VS BILINGUAL. Using monolingual dictionary will definitely work for everyone who wants to expand his/her vocabulary. It makes the language fluent and more natural in comparison with the bilingual one that contains only a word and its translation. 
  3. GIVE A REST TO THE DICTIONARY. You mustn't concentrate your mind only on what that word means. You can omit the word by guessing the meaning from the context. Depending on your dictionary all the time makes no sense. 
  4. DICTIONARY IS NOT A TEACHER. It is obvious that a dictionary is not a teacher, it only provides you with what a particular word means but not with the usage of the word. 
  5. NOT EVERYTHING CAN BE TRANSLATED. There are some phrases in different languages that cannot be accurately translated so to make yourself understood you need to use monolingual dictionary that will clarify the word or phrase. 
The word I regularly mispronounce is 
COOPERATIVE /kəʊˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/ - willing to help or do what people ask. 
The words I often confuse: 
MANAGE /ˈmæn.ɪdʒ/ : 

  1. to succeed in doing or dealing with something, especially something difficult: I only just managed to finish on time. 
  2. to succeed in living on a small amount of money: After she lost her job, they had to manage on his salary. 
AMBIGUOUS /æmˈbɪɡ.ju.əs/ - having or expressing more than one possible meaning, sometimes intentionally: His reply to my question was somewhat ambiguous. 
The words that entered the dictionary in 2016: 
FINGERTIP - the end of a finger. 
TROUT POUT - very big lips that women get if they have too much collagen put in their lips in an operation to make them look bigger. 
ANTE - an amount of money that each person must risk in order to be part of a game that involves gambling.