Some useful information about the CORONAVIRUS. Stay healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

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TED: What Makes a Good Life?

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? A psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares three important lessons learned from the 75-year-old study on how to build a fulfilling, long life. .

***๐Ÿ“ŒThis can be a great listening activity for B2 level students. You can have a follow-up discussion on happiness, life values, etc. I would highly recommend it ๐Ÿ“Œ

Back To school :) ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

๐Ÿ“š We had almost three weeks of the school closure due to the flu ๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’Š. I hope you are healthy and ready to start school ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ“ I have prepared a poll for you and will be happy to get your asnwers. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

If you could have one of these superpowers, which one would you choose?

BBC Learning English: Idioms

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person? Look on the bright side of life by taking thisย #waterย #idiomsย challenge and learning 3 commonย #Englishย phrases.

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person? Look on the bright side of life by taking our #water #idioms challenge and learning 3 common #English phrases. Learn to talk about water in more depth with our video on bottled water: #Water #Idioms #Phrases #Wateroffaducksback #fishoutofwater #waterunderthebridge #usefulphrases #vocab #vocabulary #efl esl #elt #nature #sea #river #phrasefrenzy #englishidiom

Posted by BBC Learning English on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas season is coming and we all are looking forward to it) Traditions are meant to be kept, so this year is not an exception! – Guess what – we are having a SECRET SANTA game again! We will exchange small presents and thus show each other that we care about them ๐Ÿ™‚ Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!

TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)

I have a privillege to boast of having three TKT Certificates (Module 1,2,3) and would definitely recommend this exam to all the teachers of English who would like to keep up their prefessional development ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me share with you what TKT means and how to prepare for it. On my blog page you will find a link to materials that I used for my preparation. ๐Ÿ™‚

TKT (The Teaching Knowledge Test) gives you an internationally accepted qualification that proves your language-teaching abilities. The qualification is suitable if you are a new teacher and want to build your confidence and skills, or if you are an experienced teacher and want to specialise in a certain area, or are starting to teach English for the first time.  You receive a Cambridge English certificate for each module you complete.

  • Module 1
    Background to language learning and teaching
  • Module 2
    Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching
  • Module 3
    Managing the teaching and learning process

If you live in Cherkasy or Cherkasy Oblast and would like to take the TKT test, you can cantact Olympus Centre at First City Gymnasia to have training and take the exam. Olympus Centre is a certified centre that prepares candidates for Cambridge English Qualifications. More details at

Thanksgiving 2019

It has become a tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving Day at our Gymnasia. Kids are always looking forward to this wonderful event. This is the time to have rest from usual classes and have fun. This year was special because the older kids payed word games, and the younger watched a cartoon and even had some dances ๐Ÿ™‚ School is not only about learning, but also about having fun!