конкурс English Speaking - 2016. Камелія Елькатеб, конкурсна робота № 229.
  • Миколаївський економічний ліцей №1 Миколаївська область
  • “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ― Maya Angelou Motivation is not enough to study, we also need power! Where can I get this power? There are many ways, but one of them is interesting lessons. One of my favourite subjects is English, so I study it so diligently. And when I was suggested to write about the most memorable English lesson, I couldn’t wait until I came home and started writing. My teacher Alla Pavlivna uses many interesting things at the lessons such as: multimedia, audio (namely listening), a variety of videos, cards, schemes. Alla Pavlivna is not only a teacher, but an inspirer. At our lessons I always can speak, think, give my assessment of events. I support one opinion: «Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language» thus each of our class is fluent in English and is not shy about pronunciation. We know that the teacher will help us to correct the mistakes. People learn during all their life and this is a normal thing. Lifelong learning offers people the opportunity to bring up to date their knowledge of activities. I would like to tell about the lesson when I first got acquainted with such thing as Gap Year. At first Alla Pavlivna asked us “What is a usual road from leaving school to being hired in Ukraine?” She suggested us to complete the following chain: «I’m a school leaver → Choose a profession → Enter the University → Graduate from the University → Apply for a job → You’re accepted». And then she mentioned that in the USA many young people have one step between leaving school and entering the University – it’s taking a Gap Year. So, tt was the introduction of our new theme – Gap Year. Later a teacher asked us a question: "What is a Gap Year?" Some of us expressed the ideas about this thing. At that point, the teacher turned on the video and asked us to make notes of what we heard and saw in this video. It was a fragment of news of one of the US TV channels and it broadcasted about gap year. Alla Pavlivna told us that after watching this video we would have to answer three questions: What is a gap year? Whose daughter finished school this year and is going to take a gap year? What is a gap year for? Then the discussion of the video followed. I cannot but mention that Alla Pavlivna takes her laptop to each lesson. Later, we discussed the pros and cons of a Gap Year. Each of us got a small piece of paper with a statement, we read them and commented on whether it was an advantage or disadvantage of such a phenomenon as a gap year and completed the table in our copybooks. After that two students made a conclusion saying one more time all the pros and cons. As Oscar Wilde said "You can never be overdressed or overeducated", so we were studying the topic Gap Year for several lessons. We had different activities with texts, dialogues, discussions and essays. Who knows, maybe one of us will have a desire to travel after finishing studying at lyceum? Therefore it is very important to examine all aspects of the Gap Year. We know in advance now what risks and benefits a gap year has. Therefore, it is always important to do homework well in order to successfully write a test. At the end of the topic "Gap Year", we were asked to write an essay "My plans for the future." Plans can be diverse – university, work, a trip abroad. But most of the class wrote that they wanted to travel after school. Lessons on a gap year inspired us to think about different option for future. It is very exciting. To sum it up: organization of modern lesson in school is not easy. This is due to many aspects. But our English lessons certainly have succeeded because students are interested in the topic of each lesson. To have another language is to possess a second soul. And such interesting lessons help us to grow and «possess a second soul».