T.E.D. Junior at the Institute of Foreign Languages
The conference in the form of T.E.D. talks has been organized by the Institute of Foreign Languages before, but this year its participants are the junior students and schoolchildren, who were offered an opportunity to learn public speaking skills, feel confident addressing a large audience.
This time the talks of the 1st and the 2nd year students and schoolchildren were united by the topic “Choice”.
Alongside the students of the programs “Teacher Education” (specializations “English Language and German Language”, “English Language and French Language”) the Institute welcomed speakers and guests from the Gymnasium No.17 and the Derzhavinsky Lyceum, with which the Department of the English Language has been closely cooperating within the agreement on the establishment of specialized departments of the IFL. The students and schoolchildren shared their experience in decision-making, gave advice on making the right choice.
The event was moderated by the 2nd year students of the program “Teacher Education” (specialization “English Language and German Language”) Kamilla Arushanova and Anna Kuznetsova. The organizers are the senior teachers of the Department of the English Language Liudmila Kukhareva and Nadezhda Proskuryakova.
The participants shared their thoughts about the event.
Mariya Gavrilova, the 1st year student of the program “Teacher Education”, specialization “English Language and German Language”:
“Ted Talks was a great opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions. The participants talked about very interesting topics and issues. The event itself was engaging and informative. I have never before presented a speech to an audience in English or otherwise, so this conference helped me to step out of my comfort zone!”
Mariya Knyazheva, the 11th grade of information and linguistic specialization class, Derzhavinsky Lyceum:
“I am grateful to the organizers for the great atmosphere and the opportunity to participate they offered to the senior schoolchildren. I appreciate that the organizers took their job very seriously and all went amazingly. I wish to say a special thanks to the moderators for their efforts to make sure that the audience is involved in the talks and they did a very good job. Overall, the event made a great impression. I think that it is a great motivation for students and schoolchildren to continue their development in this area.”
The participants and organizers expressed their hope that this conference will continue as it motivates them to study language diligently and provides impetus for further personal improvement.