The American Center regularly supports the initiatives of alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs to give back to their communities through skill-building workshops. Contact us if you would like to learn more about how to partner with the American Center in Moscow to conduct your event. Follow the links to learn more about our projects of 2016 and 2017-18!
Alumni Projects 2017-2018
Proposed and taught by Yulia Beymlina, a 2012-2013 Fulbright FLTA and a Delta qualified teacher with a broad international experience, a task-intensive course on Information Literacy ran at the American Center in Moscow in April-June 2018.
Over the course of two months, the participants who were enrolled in the Information Literacy course could attend biweekly on-site classes at the American Center or join them online, and go over their homework in biweekly online sessions. The classes explored such topics as the correlation between language, power, and thought and how it is exploited in various types of media texts, paralinguistic tools of influence (voice, imagery, and pace), the role language plays in affecting people’s attitudes and shaping their biases, and the language of fact and opinion. Using a variety of formats and types of information (such as news stories, talks, advertisements, comedy sketches, excerpts from fiction and films) and different communicative and creative tasks, Yulia Beymlina reached the dual objective of teaching the students the content and fostering their language skills. The course concluded with the defense of final projects, in which the students applied the deconstructing techniques they had learned to a media text of their choice, and an awards ceremony. The course was successful in raising the students’ awareness of the importance of verifiable transparent news for a healthy civil society, empowering them to recognize logical fallacies and cognitive biases, and giving them an opportunity for speaking practice and vocabulary building.
Following these sessions and using manuals prepared by the course organizers, the students developed individual and group environmental projects, with some students starting to put them into action while enrolled in the course. These student projects ranged from eco workshops and clubs initiated at the students’ colleges to producing social media, published, and 3D resources for the general public on eco-friendly lifestyle and Moscow park systems. The course concluded with the students getting certificates and awards. In a post-course survey, all the participants said that the course broadened their understanding of environmental issues, motivated them to take action to address these issues through their own eco projects, and equipped them with the project management skills necessary to develop and implement these projects.
The project by Irina Bolushevskaya, Fulbright Alumna and Evgeniy Mundrievsky, Fort Ross Program alumnus from Tula was implemented in March – June 2018. Early in 2018 they created a prototype of a game machine testing students’ knowledge of English and rewarding them for correct answers.
With the help of the AMC award, the team managed to improve characteristics of the machine: size, quality, software.
Within the project, 3 machines were produced: for a secondary school and a private language school in Tula and for the American Center in Moscow. The project concluded with a competition for schoolchildren called ‘Test Your Superpower’. The product presentation at the American Center in Moscow took place on June 4th.Outcomes: American Center Support Program helped the team produce devices popularizing the English language, making the learning process more interactive and motivated.
The club organized and led by Gulnaz Fakhretdinova, Fulbright alumna in April – June 2018. The project became a part of “TechnOlideR” Elite Engineering School of Kazan National Research Technological University designed for active, talented students demonstrating outstanding academic abilities and striving to become highly qualified engineers on a global scale.
The topics under discussion included English-speaking countries, their culture, and traditions, stereotypes as well as business skills. During the meeting, the group watched and discussed the American movie “Front of the Class”, held American food festival at the Gokymsko-Almetyevsky park of Kazan. The Final meeting was devoted to U.S. exchange program opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students: how and when to apply for them, effective techniques while preparing for English proficiency exams.
Outcomes: the project “English Speaking Club” supported by American Center gave an opportunity to enhance student’s communicative skills, increase their speaking fluency in a friendly atmosphere beyond their regular English classes. They learned about American culture and traditions through interactive communication and group activities. The Club will continue its functioning in 2018-2019 academic year as a university initiative.
Timur Babaev, FLEX alumnus produced a 3D-prototype of a bulldozer as part of his scientific experiment and conducted workshops for American Center visitors in April – May 2018.
Total participants: 20
Outcomes: throw the workshops Timur shared his knowledge and skills with participants who learned the concept of making a prototype from a sketch to real object, basics of engineering, 3D modeling, hands-on 3D printing and using Arduino. At the end of the project, a bulldozer model with a slope board was assembled.
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