On June 24-28 Odesa hosted the 2018 TESOL-Ukraine Teacher Development Institute “Development of Critical Thinking through Four Cross-Curricular Thematic Lines of the New Ukrainian School” (Environment and Sustainable Living, Civic/Community Engagement, Healthy Lifestyle and Entrepreneurship) with the support of the US Embassy in Ukraine.
Thirty five teachers of higher and secondary educational institutions from different parts of Ukraine participated in the Institute. The goal of this Summer Institute was to examine challenges EFL professionals face with the implementation of Four Cross-Curricular Thematic Lines in the curriculum of the New Ukrainian school and explore tools for critical thinking development. We expect that by the end of the Institute participants were able to implement Four Cross-Curricular Thematic Lines in EL learning and teaching.
The first day of the Institute was prepared by the TESOL-Ukraine Odesa Oblast Leader Anna Savchenko – the Opening Ceremony took place in Ukrainian Gymnasium # 7, where the participants were warmly welcomed by the staff and the students of the Gymnasium. Everyone enjoyed the concert and workshops that presented unique Ukrainian culture to the attendees.
Three other days we filled with workshops conducted by the trainers – Joey Fordyce – English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Nicholas Gordon – English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” Todd Emile Gable Jr. – TEFL Volunteer, Peace Corps, Zalishchyky State Gimnasia, Ashly Emerson – TEFL Volunteer, Peace Corps, Kaminets-Podilskyi National University and Maryna Tsehelska – Assisstant Prefessor, Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical University.
Participants discussed such important issues as Environmental Protection and Sustainable Living, How to work in groups with students at multiple levels, Creating a critical thinking classroom, Integrating Civic/Community Engagement into the English Lessons and many others.
The last day was marked by group presentations – four groups presented the Four Cross-Curricular Thematic Lines of the New Ukrainian School (Environment and Sustainable Living, Civic/Community Engagement, Healthy Lifestyle and Entrepreneurship)