Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe, known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and Carpathian mountains. The country has a mostly temperate climate. The situation in Ukraine today (excluding the Donbas and Crimea) is stable and safe, with a welcoming attitude towards Americans.
Sumy is located in north-eastern Ukraine and borders with Russia. It is the administrative center of Sumy Oblast with a population 269,000. Sumy was founded in 1652 as a Cossack fortress intended to protect the region of Sloboda Ukraine from the Crimean Tatar attacks. Over the centuries, Sumy has developed economically, focusing on the sugar industry as well as becoming a large educational and cultural center. Famous Russian writers Anton Chekhov and Alexandr Kuprin lived in Sumy. The city has many museums, theaters, universities, and parks. Sumy is a safe city and is easy to navigate by a well-developed public transportation and taxi.
Host Institution: Sumy Makarenko State Pedagogical University
Sumy State Pedagogical University is a modern higher educational establishment and one of the most advanced scientific and methodological institutions in Ukraine. It is a laureate of the best Ukrainian universities, ranking in “Sofiya Kyivska.” It has two institutes, five faculties, and forty departments. The educational infrastructure consists of 14 buildings with modern laboratories, specialized classrooms, 12 computer classrooms, 50 lecture halls with multimedia equipment, an editorial and publishing office, a sports complex with an indoor court, a gym, a wrestling hall, an athletics stadium, a swimming pool, and a fitness room. The jewel of the University is its 5-hectare botanical garden, with more than 1100 plant species, which was founded in 1937. The student body is about 8,000, and there are about 700 faculty members. Most of the university graduates become secondary school teachers in Sumy and Sumy region. Sumy State Pedagogical University is also licensed to retrain and provide further education to in-service teachers. The educational process is organized according to the principles of the credit-modular system of the EU Bologna Process. Great emphasis is placed on the independent and individual work of students.
- The Fellow will teach advanced speaking courses aimed at raising students’ communicative competence and writing skills to prepare them for further academic, social and professional work covering topics from the university standard curriculum, including politics, law, crime and punishment, conflict resolution, environmental protection, culture, and cross-cultural communication.
- The Fellow will teach American Studies courses to introduce students to American history, politics, life and culture and to stimulate their critical thinking skills while teaching about the development of civil society and democratic institutions.
- The Fellow will be expected to conduct weekly teacher training workshops in EFL methodology and teaching techniques to in-service university and secondary school teachers from the Sumy region at the English Teachers Resource Centre.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Work informally with students of the university’s English Conversation Club and Film Club.
- 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 which will include American English Webinars and Massive Online Open Courses.