Is there Democracy in Moldova?

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As part of eTwinning Weeks campaign 2019, exploring the Democratic Participation theme, I established as one of our Heritage school’s actions to write opinions about democracy in our country. Here’s what my students in grade 7 have written:

“Democracy is the belief in freedom and equality between people.The democracy in Moldova is not different from that in other countries because we also have a parliament and elections.
It is a democratic country, as MPs want to make our country more beautiful  by organising a lot of concerts, marathons, wine day, organizing events for city days etc.They try to help the families that are poor, dogs and homeless people.
In our country democracy is making sometimes our country worse: people protest, asking why leaders can’t make our streets better and remove the billboards from roads? They don’t think about it!! And they don’t care what we think about it ! If they ask us what is better for us and take care of the people, we will have more people that will come to Moldova that will be loving and admirable!!”
(Lorena, Ecaterina,aged 13)

“Democracy is a universally recognized ideal and is one of the core values and principles of the United Nations.Democracy for me is a very important thing and a very good future start. It provides an environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.Some of my classmates think that is good to have a democracy , but someone say that isn’t a good idea to have a democracy.”

“Democracy is important, especially in the contemporary world where people can develop their own opinions and when they are aware of their basic human rights.
Secondly ,democracy allows public participation in decision making,they can raise their opinions regarding their needs,grievances and so on and that basis, policies are formulated.

Why is it that in the real world people are fighting dieing for democracy.
Yet in a game we are happy to put up with none !
Democracy would be a terrible idea (and a terrible system that is very often misunderstood).
I think is not very good to have democracy because it makes many problems.

To conclude, I think on different occasions democracy can be good and can’t be good for one country or for all the world !!” (Gabriel,13)

“So, democracy means a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives and the question today is “Is Moldova a democratic country?” Yes, kind of. But not a true democracy because our multi-party system is being flawed and the parties alter the votes even recently this happened even The Economist Intelligence Unit rated Moldova as a flawed democracy in 2016 but is still considered democracy because everyone over 18 has the right to vote and there are even special computers for blind people and with poor eyesight and when it is voting time parties usually make concerts, grow the wages, etc to win votes which is a very good thing but it is considered as buying votes. A lot of people think that the 2016 elections were fake and that the Democratic party faked votes but it is a rumour and ‘Stop Fals’ was created because the televisions like Publika TV, Prime TV, Canal 2 and Canal 3 are owned by the Democrats and fake some words of political people which is basically propaganda. In conclusion our country is semi democratic and will be democratic when it will combine with Romania.” (Laurentiu,13)

“Democracy is a system where the government or the people that are living in that country have the supreme power .
In Moldova , the government is the most powerful. It doesn’t matter how many people are voting for the country’s president because there are persons from the government that have already chosen someone, and the votes are not counted correctly. Also the money that is coming from the taxes was stolen by VLADIMIR PLAHATNIUC and a lot of people from the government. Now these people emigrated to other countries, not to be caught by the Interpol (International Police) . Now the situation in Moldova is not a good one because people that ruled the country didn’t keep their promises, and a lot of people don’t have a place to work or live in!” (Lavinia,13)

“The democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. In Moldova democracy is held in the hands of MPs.
Why in Moldova the democracy is good :
1. All adults have the right vote
2. MPs want to change Moldova with give more pensions and make wages bigger, help poor families, put criminals in prison, rebuild broken houses and roads etc.
Why in Moldova the democracy is bad :
1. People want to have democracy but MPs doesn’t want it.” (Eduard,13)

“Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislature.
There is democracy in Moldova because people vote which means that the main choice is the citizens’. Their opinion is heard through the right to protest.
In my opinion, democracy is good and makes people feel free and confident to express their opinion.” (Bogdana,13)

“A democracy is a political system with institutions that allows citizens to express their political preferences, has constraints on the power of the executive, and provides a guarantee of civil liberties.The democracy isn’t in all countries and it’s a little bit strange. If whole world is saying we are equal, I understand that there are different religions and different points of view, but if it’s equal why is it ruled differently? In the world there are more than 200 countries. The part of Europe and America, some parts of Africa, some countries in Asia,many countries are full democracies.”(Cristian,13)

“Democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
In my opinion there isn’t democracy here, for some reasons. In Moldova when people try to tell their opinion in order to change something, no one cares about it. There are many people who travelled to another countries because of this and the number of population decreases a lot.
I think everyone should have the right to share their opinions and some things should be changed in this country.”(Filiz,13)

“In my opinion yes there’s democracy in our country officially and unofficially. What I mean by officially and unofficially is how the government says, and how the citizens say. If you would ask any citizen 1 year ago if there was democracy in our country you would get more than likely 2 answers. The first one being “are you mad?” and the second one would be “no”. Now times have changed, the power the same and with the arguments bellow I will prove it to you.
My first solid argument is that when power changes the new governors want to change the way the country goes. To prove it, imagine you just became the head of the school or the head of the class. You obviously want the community to think good about you so you make a change to prove that you’re active. So, the new government is anything but dictatorship. Good. Now we must take a look at the other forms of ruling: Monarchy and Democracy. Monarchy in the first place has to have a king or queen which we don’t have and it must go on for a while so Monarchy is excluded. Finally, let’s look at Democracy as it’s said in Wikipedia – it’s the right to choose, the right for freedom, the right to elect the ones that rule and if we look at the last ten years we can see that Moldova is actually a democracy and a free country. We can elect – we choose. But if we look at the unofficial way it goes we were living under 25 years of the roughest dictatorship imprisonment for protest where am I in north Korea? But you must have noticed I said were because the power has changed and now we can’t tell till the next elections better said 20th of October. That’s because we should see if there would be a clean and fair election or a dirty tricky one.
In conclusion we can’t yet say unofficially if there’s democracy, but officially it definitely is and was. ” (Stefan,13)

‘Yes,it is, because we have a Parliament and we can vote.This is my opinion.’ (Cristina,11)

‘Yes, Moldova in its current form is a democratic nation. Although it did face problems.

The problem was that rich people with their money would be able to control the government (oligarchs), but it all got better after the reconstruction of the government recently.’ (Nicu, 14)

P.S. Especially after the local elections this Sunday, democracy is felt more than ever in our country…

Tatiana Popa

 

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GLOBAL COLLABORATION WEEK 2019 AT HERITAGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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‘Good planning without good working is nothing.’ (Dwight D.Eisenhower)

I registered Heritage International School for this global event in August, when I discovered the announcement online. Being the Global Learning Coordinator in our school, I look for interesting and worthwhile activities to involve our students so that they feel that they are part of the global community.

Educating and growing global citizens has been my passion from the very beginnings of my career, and even more so after the discovery of eTwinning – the amazing European platform where teachers get together to found and run educational projects between schools. eTwinning is easy to implement in any environment, if there is a wish. For Moldova, a non-EU country in eastern Europe, where possibilities are fewer than in other European countries (in the educational field as well), eTwinning was and still is a way out, a way of getting truly connected to the world by doing nice things together for our children.

Global Collaboration Week provided on their site a wide list of events registered for this year’s celebration, and teachers could select the ones that suited their students’ age and curriculum, as well as subjects taught.

I can’t tell how happy I was on the first day of the week when I met my colleagues and they had read my email with instructions and resources, appreciated them and thanked for the useful links provided.

Monday started with lots of global events in our school.

Teachers selected short-term asynchronous projects to be run during the week. Personally, I started the Global Cookies project with my lower secondary students in the eTwinning club on Monday afternoon. We discussed favourite cookies, ate our favourite ones, found our country on the world map, pinned our place and posted photos there, together with the description of our likes. We could explore together other schools’ favourites, and came to the conclusion that the chocolate chip cookies are children’s favourite cookies though. Children left my eTwinning club with smiles on their faces – the activity definitely worth our time and dedication!

As our principal, Robert Ford, was in the UK to do some work with the British Council, we had a video conference with some teachers from Emerson’s Green Primary school in South Glouchestershire, where Mr.Ford was visiting, in order to plan a future eTwinning project together. Our lovely first graders had a short talk with the British ‘virtual guests’.

Tuesday got even more teachers at Heritage into the global marathon! Some colleagues chose to speak about homes, food, schools, classrooms. For my Tuesday eTwinning Club with the upper secondary students, I chose the Global Cookies project, as well as Class-to-Class K12 Global Connections, where my students introduced themselves, spoke about their school, why being global citizens is important and whether their classroom is global or not. They used VoiceThread to do this – an amazing tool that let them record videos, write text messages or record audio comments. We got to watch/listen/read other students’ posts from various corners of the world, starting with Brazil and USA and ending with India and Australia. Kids could see different classrooms, accents, traditions and lives in general. What an amazingly varied and beautiful global community we live in!

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Class-to-class K12 global connections

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Wednesday came with a big surprise for my students! I was invited by my eTwinning partner from Finland, Antti Piiroinen, to join a Quizizz game on European Day of Languages that was to be celebrated next day. Antti created an event on eTwinning Live, so many teachers from all Europe joined. When the game started, 350 students from eTwinning countries were in it. I can’t describe the feelings that took hold of my classroom during that lesson – the excitement and adrenaline of my students prevailed during the whole game with their European counterparts! We played synchronically, so it was remarkable that Antti could gather so many schools playing his quiz as the same time. Our best result was Emilia’s – our grade 6 student that got ranked 16 out of 350! Not bad, on the eve of European Day of Languages, the day when we would explore and learn more about the European languages.

Thursday was the most important day of this Global Collaboration Week – we not only celebrated global collaboration, but also got to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the languages spoken in Europe! Students started making posters for EDL from the beginning of the week, so in the morning we proudly posted them all on the walls of the school, and a vast majority of teachers (according to possibility) made use of the amazing collection of resources designed by the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz, Austria. The day of September 26 was selected by the Council of Europe as the day to celebrate languages and the ECML site offers amazing resources for educators to use on the occasion. My brilliant colleagues used many of these, starting with the primary section and finishing in the secondary, while language teachers in our school felt empowered to use them in their language of instruction.

As for my part, the European Day of  Languages was a very busy one, as I got to have finally arranged three video conferences for my students: the first one was with an eTwinning ambassador from Armenia. My grade 7 students were surprised to discover a big class of 30 students and some teachers as observers in the Armenian class. Still, our students got to interact, discuss about the languages spoken in our respective countries and schools, customs, traditions, weather, food and favourite school subjects. As a pre-project stage with Armenia, I would say our students on both sides were brilliant! My Armenian colleague, Liana Karapetyan, was worried about her students being in a video conference for the first time, while I knew my students love such experiences,as I expose them often to virtual meetings with colleagues from other schools. Lovely experience and I am looking forward to working with Liana this year in aproject,too.

The second video conference was between Moldova, Romania and Greece, with my former eTwinning partners – Marika Emese Cimpean and Barbara Zandraveli, as well as their students. We managed to play an online quiz about the European languages and to have a video chat after, discussing schools, countries, languages and weather.

In the third video conference, my students talked to their principal, who was in the UK on the day. We have been holding video conferences on the day with Mr.Ford for several years now, so we decided not to break the tradition and have a chat to celebrate our respective mother tongues – English and Romanian. Mr.Ford spoke Romanian to us, we spoke English to him. My students discovered the huge library and painting collection of our principal in his work cabin at his home, told him details about their day and the global collaboration week at Heritage.

Later, I went outside with my class to write in coloured chalk on the school yard ‘Global Collaboration Week’ so that every member of the Heritage community could remember these days. We managed to get inside before the rain started again, but the big letters are still there, despite the rain, to remind us of the wonderful days at the end of September.

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Friday was the last day of the GCW, but not the last day of our global collaborations for sure. It is only the beginning! With these thoughts in mind, I planned the last video conference for Friday. My IPC students in the E class had the possibility to interact with students from our partner school from Chichester, in the south of England. They had a virtual tour of the English school, and as we discuss fitness and healthy eating in the IPC unit, my students had the chance to see how the English kids have their PE lessons straight in their gym, they could ask about their eating habits and favourite food. They visited virtually many classrooms, talking to students of different ages and seeing how the English kids have their lessons in various subjects. Amazing virtual field trip! Many thanks to Mr.Steve Apsey for introducing us to his students and showing around his school.

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I am extremely grateful for discovering always people that inspire. In this case, I would like to thank Ms.Lucy Gray from Global Collaboration Week, for organizing events on global scale that get so many wonderful people together. And when we care for the young people, we care for our own future,too. As Kofi Annan once said, “No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.”

This week, our Heritage community got together in the same dance of global collaboration to weave amazing pieces of work and the result was felt, as I was walking on the halls at the end of the day – the atmosphere of the celebration of our team work was felt even after many of our students had already left the grounds. For which I am totally grateful to my remarkable colleagues on all floors and in all classrooms of Heritage school. How it was perceived by the global community, once can see here: https://twitter.com/EducationHis

Of course, all good things have good endings – Heritage International School, as well as the teachers who got involved  into international projects for the GCW 2019 received their certificates. Small things that count…

Yes, Heritage is an international school, not just for the amazing multicultural community it has, but also for the wonderful things that take place inside the beautifully coloured school at the outskirts of Chisinau.

As I am reflecting on the ending week, a favourite quote comes to my mind: “If you don’t love what you do, you have two choices: You can either change what you’re doing, or you can change what you love.” (Billy Cox)

The choice made is always up to us.

 

 

“Let us get to know each other through BOOKS” eTwinning Project

 

On European Day of Languages, September 26th 2016, a brand new project about books was launched between a teacher from Bulgaria – Slavka Stoycheva, and Alena Ščuková from Czech Republic, to which we gladly adhered on the day.

The launching event was held with a Skype conference with the two teams from Bulgaria- from Asenovgrad and Blagoevgrad – and the students form “Gheorghe Asachi” High School. Since then, lots of activities dedicated to books, previously planned in the Twinspace agenda, have been done.

On December 2, 2016, we all took part in a worldwide event dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. We read his poems, analyzed his most famous quotes, watched actors speaking about his influence on language, theatre and humanity in general. UK’s British Council provided wonderful resources for the day, so we enjoyed and shared the event on Twitter and Facebook, and found out that many young people celebrated it on the same day with us.

In January 2017, we created the eTwinning Library in our classroom, inviting students who love reading to donate books they liked most, and take home books from the club’s library to read and bring back.

In February, we skyped with Mr. Rob Ford, principal of Wyedean School from UK, and discussed books to be read by leaders, be it country/school/community leaders,etc. Mr.Ford recommended a list of good books that leaders can get inspired from. We took as reference Barack Obama’s list of books recommended to young people.

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Also in February we skyped with the principal from Wyedean HS in UK, talking about English authors that are famous for speaking about love, some of them hiding the historical reality of the times they lived in (e.g. Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”). Well, good to know.

In general, the collaboration between the two schools has already several years of history, this being mentioned in a UK Parliament Report on Secondary Education in September 2016.

In March we interviewed librarians. Each team provided a video, for the production of which students spent time and had fun in the process. The students from “Gheorghe Asachi” HS interviewed both the school librarian, Veronica Ciobanu,  and also the chief of the relations department and the National Library, Raisa Melnic.

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Last week, the eTwinning Book Lovers’ Club had a guest – the author of  “The Golden Book of Bessarabia and Republic of Moldova”, Mr.Denis Rosca, who told lots of interesting things about people who made a difference in the world, and whose origins are from our country: Nobel Prize and Oscar winners, military and political leaders,etc. The students were very impressed!

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Yesterday, May 10th, we had another special guest – Mr. Octavian Țîcu – historian, boxing champion who represented Moldova at the summer Olympic Games in 1996, writer and ex-Minister of Youth and Sport. He presented two of his books “Variations of a Name” – about the famous footballer Nicolae Simatoc, who was born in Moldova, and got to play in Ripensia Timisoara,CAO Oradea, Inter Milano and FC Barcelona , and his second book –  “Spassk-99”, a book about those people who were deported in Kazakhstan during the Soviet times. We were delighted to discover a huge list of all the names of Romanian people (from Bessarabia and Romania) who got there. This book was a result of hard work and a lot of investigation and research.  Besides the two books, we discussed Moldova’s situation nowadays, the meaning of 9th of May to citizens of our country, the oscillation of Moldovan leaders, as well as many simple citizens, between East and West; Mr.Țîcu explained the Holocaust as a phenomenon and how Jews were treated in our country in the previous century. An amazing history lesson about the 20th century and our days,too.

Furthermore, Mr. Țîcu donated the two books presented to Gheorghe Asachi’s “Tamara Andriuta” School Library. Now all students and teachers in “Gheorghe Asachi” HS can read his books.

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Lots of wonderful things happened in this eTwinning project during the school year. Lots of books and their films discussed, lots of impressions, and, most important – a myriad of books read!

I personally express my thanks to all the partners and guests of our eTwinning odyssey through the world of books. So humble,yet so important…

Nothing can light up the darkness better than seeing young people interested in reading. As long as we have them read various authors, there is hope in this World!

“Education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the World.” (Nelson Mandela)

 

Tatiana Popa,

English teacher in “Gheorghe Asachi” HS, eTwinning Ambassador

European Day of Languages

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Every year, September 26th is the day all schools across Europe celebrate the European Day of Languages. Traditionally, students and teachers tend to speak as many languages as they can, organize various interesting events in order to show how lucky we all are to be part of this vast family, called “Europe”. Thus, in the school I teach –  we had the 5th edition of this “European Day of Languages” yesterday- it was a huge event on national level, with guests from many regions of Moldova, both teachers and students. It was a big concert for the guests, as well as for staff and students from our school. When the concert was over, the guests were invited to several workshops organized by the Foreign Languages Department: one in English and several in French. I was one of the three moderators in the English workshop we had.

The topic chosen for the workshop this year was “English as an international language”. As it tackles all aspects of life, our students chose which field they desired to prove that English had/still has an influence to. Respectively, our students spoke about English in:

  • education
  • science
  • medicine
  • IT
  • books
  • movie industry
  • news world
  • business
  • travelling
  • food.

Our students brought amazing pieces of information in front of the audience gathered, showing wonderful presentations, interesting videos created by them, promoting eTwinning as a collaboration platform for schools in Europe and being just proud of speaking this global language and being citizens of the World.

Apart from the guests from Moldova, we also had virtual guests from Great Britain – the principal and several students from the Wyedean High School in Bristol. We had a video conference via Skype, our students having the possibility to talk to native speakers of English,to ask and answer questions, to hear a wonderful British accent and simply enjoy the experience.

All in all, both teachers and students had a memorable experience on the European Day of Languages. All loved speaking English and saw the real necessity of learning this language spoken worldwide – “the lingua franca of the modern era”.

“He – who doesn’t know foreign languages – knows nothing about his own.” (Wolfgang von Goethe)

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CURSURILE ONLINE – ALTERNATIVĂ PENTRU DEZVOLTAREA PROFESIONALĂ CONTINUĂ

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A fi Profesor – presupune posedarea unui bagaj vast de cunoștințe – nu doar cele care țin implicit de specializarea aleasă, ci și de celelalte domenii profesionale și ale vieții. Aceasta ține de faptul că profesorul, în cadrul orelor sale, atinge o gamă de teme, subiecte, în cadrul cărora ar trebui să demonstreze elevilor săi că deține astfel de cunoștințe. Într-un cuvînt – profesorul este student – pe toată durata vieții sale.

Și dacă veni vorba de formare continuă, cu toții știm că la dispoziția noastră – a profesorilor – mereu se pun la dispoziție diverse opțiuni de formare. Important e pe care dintre ele le vom alege. Astfel, fiecare optează pentru ceea ce îl interesează sau de ce are nevoie în sala de clasă.

În această ordine de idei, profesorul sec. XXI trebuie să dezvolte la elevii săi competențele sec. XXI, cum ar fi: gîndire critică, creativitate, spirit de antreprenoriat, deprinderi TIC (digitale), posedarea limbilor străine. Ca să poată face acest lucru, ar trebui el singur să le posede mai întîi. Din acest motiv, eu personal sunt adeptul cursurilor online. Avantajele acestora sunt multe, dar unul primordial ar fi faptul că profesorul nu e obligat să meargă undeva ca să participe la ele,ci de acasă, savurînd o ceașcă cu ceai și confortul propriei canapele.

Astfel, există o mulțime de site-uri ce oferă cursuri online pentru profesori și nu numai:

  • iteach.ro – site românesc ce oferă o varietate de cursuri online în limba română, la diverse obiecte în parte, precum și generalizate pentru profesorii de toate obiectele. Profesorii din Republica Moldova tot pot participa și ei (înregistrîndu-se ca profesori de București – o zic din propria experiență), iar certificatele indică numărul de ore la distanță. (durata unui curs: de la cîteva săptămîni la cîteva luni)
  • coursera.com – o gamă foarte vastă de cursuri din toate domeniile, oferite de universități de prestigiu din toată lumea. E necesară cunoșterea limbii engleze, desigur.(durata unui curs: 5-8 săptămîni și mai mult)
  • etwinning.net – platformă de colaborare între școlile din Europa, care oferă și diverse cursuri online (așa-numitele Learning Events), cu durata de 10 zile. De asemenea, se organizează uneori și webinare (seminare online), cu durata de 45-60 minute, ce tratează o anumită temă, iar participanții dau întrebări și primesc răspunsuri de la moderator în timp real. Pe lîngă acestea, mai există și grupurile eTwinning, moderate de profesori experți, în care membrii împărtășesc experiențe și practici bune, precum și organizează diverse evenimente online, cum ar fi petreceri online, neconferințe Webinare cu experti la diverse teme,etc.
  • etrc.md – Centrul de Resurse pentru Profesori de Limba Engleză – oferă cursuri online pe platformă Moodle, cu durata de 5 săptămîni, la care patricipanții învață multe chestii utile în predarea limbii engleze, cum ar fi: unelte Web 2.0 pentru predarea vocabularului, evaluare, brainstorming, interacțiune, etc.
  • schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org – Schools Online ofera cursuri de limbă engleză pentru profesori în scop de colaborare internațională, cetățenie globală, conștientizare globală și interculturală,etc. Sunt o sursă foarte bună în special pentru profesorii de limbă engleză și cei care predau în engleză. (Durata medie a cursurilor: 4-6 săptămîni)
  • futurelearn.com – oferă o gamă foarte vastă de cursuri, începînd de la politică, teatru, istorie, matematică, și sfîrșind cu cultură, dependența de droguri, psihologie și jurnalism. Durata lor variază în medie la 5-8 săptămîni, și oferă și certificate cu confirmare contra plată, la fel ca și Coursera – adică existe certificate ce atestă frecventarea cursului simple,precum și certificate contra plată, cu un cod de confirmare, care ar permite unui potențial angajator să îl verifice online, primind informații direct de la universitatea care a oferit cursul.

În concluzie, aș spune din propria experiență, precum că aceste site-uri sunt niște surse foarte prețioase de dezvoltare personală. Accesul la ele este gratuit și este foarte ușor de lucrat pe platformele care le oferă.  Pe lîngă faptul că înveți chestii tare interesante pentru sine, ca să simți că nu stai pe loc în odiseea cunoașterii, învățarea alături de alte zeci de mii de studenți de pe tot globul iți permite să te autoevaluezi și să vezi unde ți-e locul în comparație cu alți profesori. Astfel, pe lîngă un nou certificat în palmares, te alegi și cu îmbunătățirea imaginii propriei persoane atunci cînd te uiți în oglindă dimineața. Ori așa, ori invers, oricum avem de cîștigat.

“Explore English Language and Culture” online course on FutureLearn

Recently- more exactly on February 2nd – I have joined a new course for those wanting to learn about the English language and culture on FutureLearn (www.futurelearn.com) – offered by the British Council. The course’s title is “Explore the English language and culture”- a wonderful course, uniting together more than 10000 people.

Every week we explore a certain topic, beginning from English being an international language, British music and following with the countryside on the British Isles, as well as the next to come. Naturally, we tackle grammar topics also: passives, relative pronouns and the lot. We watch videos, do quizzes, post on the forums and enjoy the  time spent on the platform.

I recommend this course, as well as many others on FutureLearn to all those who want to enrich their vocabulary and become more fluent in using English as a means of communication. The time dedicated is worth it!

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Online course from English Teaching Resource Centre

As teachers are lifelong learners, the English Teaching Resource Centre in Chisinau started recently an online course for English teachers from all regions of Moldova, entitled “Reaching out English teachers in the regions of Moldova”. It is a very interesting learning event, as it tackles the most up-to-date topics in teaching – the use of media and web tools in the classroom.

Every week the teachers have assignments to submit, readings to do, and also Google Hangouts to take part in. A pleasure! Besides the fact that we have amazing instructors, we can interact and work collaboratively together, doing tasks online, writing on forums, creating beautiful things and sharing opinions. The topics discussed are teacher-student social media interaction, psychological effects of using social media in the classroom, lesson plans and online resources for creating them, assessment and online testing. We learn to use a myriad of web 2.0 tools and get confidence in doing that.

To conclude, I would like to say that we – the teachers attending the course – should be thankful to the organizers for the possibilities they give us to take care of our continuous professional development in the fast-changing world. A wonderful start for new dimensions of learning and teaching! Blogging included! 🙂

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