English Language Fellow William Smith participated in an event hosted by an English language school for young learners aged 13-18. This 3-day language and cultural event was attended by 700 participants from Artem, Russia, from its small settlements Nakhodka and Ussriisk, and from Vladivostok.
The aim of the event was to promote English and to motivate students to study harder. The director of the school invited the Fellow as well as the local U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok to speak at this event. Smith presented on American culture with a focus on the importance of major sports in America.
Throughout the presentation, students were able to ask and answer questions in English which allowed them to practice speaking and using critical thinking skills. Students were awarded based on their participation and found the event helpful because they were exposed to a native English speaker. The event was covered by the local media and can be watched through the link listed below.