Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Eastern Europe, and it is known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline, and Carpathian mountains. Ukraine has a mostly temperate climate. The environment in Ukraine today (excluding the Donbas and Crimea) is generally stable and safe, and people have a welcoming attitude towards Americans.
Slovyansk is a large city in the Donetsk Region of eastern Ukraine. The city also serves as the administrative center of the Slovyansk district. It was founded in 1676. The city is well known for its health resort with healing natural mud. It is mainly an industrial city in a densely populated region. In spring 2014 the city was taken over by Russian-backed separatists and was liberated by the Ukrainian army in July 2014. Slovyansk is now firmly under Ukrainian control. Slovyansk City library hosts the Embassy’s Window on America Center (American Corner) and launched an English Access Microscholarship Program in 2016. In the fall of 2017, the Access program will recruit a new cohort of students. Embassy officers travel frequently to Slovyansk for official Access opening and closing events as well as to monitor the program.
Host Institution: Donbas Pedagogical University
Established in 1939, Donbass State Pedagogical University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large town of Slavyansk in Donetsk Oblast. Officially accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Donbass State Pedagogical University (DSPU) is a higher education institution which prepares future teachers for Ukrainian schools and universities and provides training and retraining in 60 educational fields and specialties. The student body is over 7,000, and there are about 600 faculty members. The instructors implement progressive methods of interactive foreign language learning (co-operative learning, collective-group learning, situational modeling, discussion of current issues), and modern information technology training in the educational process. The department systematically organizes methodological seminars, Skype conferences, speaking clubs, and debate club.
- The Fellow will teach American Studies courses to university undergraduate students to introduce students to American history, politics, life and culture as well as to stimulate their critical thinking skills while teaching about the development of civil society and democratic institutions.
- The Fellow will teach a practical course of English with an emphasis on communicative methodology to university undergraduate students aimed at raising students’ communicative competence and writing skills to prepare them for further academic, social and professional work.
- The Fellow will help students to enhance their critical thinking skills by way of formal discussions, oral presentations, and debates in the classroom.
- The Fellow will conduct monthly teacher training workshops in EFL methodology and teaching techniques to in-service university level and secondary school teachers from Slovyansk and the Donetsk region organized by the faculty of Donbas Pedagogical University.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Be involved in the English Access Microscholarship Program in Slovyansk and Kramatorsk by conducting training for the Access teachers to help them expand the American cultural component and use communicative English teaching methods.
- Observe the ACCESS program lessons and participate in students’ enhancement activities and discussions on U.S. culture and life.
- Work informally with students of the university’s English Conversation Club and participate in outreach events at the Window on America Center (American Corner) at the city library to talk about different aspects of American life and culture.
- Participate in RELO/Post designated outreach projects and activities such as AE Webinars and MOOCs, as well as travel to other cities to provide professional development opportunities.