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 🙂 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 🙂 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. 🙂

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 🙂 School is not only about learning, but also about having fun!

All-Ukrainian English Olympiad “Na Urok”

In autumn 2019 my students of 4A and 4B participated in All-Ukrainian On-line English Olympiad called “Na Urok”, and were awarded with Certificated of Achievements and Diplomas. Thus, 9 students received a First Degree Diplomas Maria Kropyvnytska, Vlada Maladyka, Kyryl Cherepivskyi, Matvii Pais, Mariia Pihota, Sofiia Rybak, Volodymyr Koval, Vsevolod Telezhenko, Alina Suhoniako. Well done! I am proud of you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

***Online Olympiad “Na Urok” is intended for all students and aims to review and consolidate the knowledge gained during the previous academic year from the certain subject. Tasks are designed in accordance with the school curriculum. The Olympiad “Na Urok” has a significant difference from the usual competitions– all students work on-line, individually, at home or at school.

The Royal Mail of FCG :)

On November 7, our primary school was a lively and interesting place to visit. The Royal Mail began its work in the gymnasia; the foundation of this initiative was laid by the gymnasia principal in the spring at the royal ball.

Especially for this purpose, real postage stamps with the image of the present Queen of FCG and envelopes with the FCG symbols were produced. All primary school students were invited to the opening ceremony, at which the gymnasia principal Serhiy Ivanovych Sayenko addressed everyone with a welcome speech and presented them with a teddy bear toy named Paddington. The Queen of the Gymnasia Daria Khmelnitska address the students, solemnly cut the red ribbon, received a stamp with her own image from the hands of the Student President of the Gymnasia, and invited everyone to have personal correspondence with Her Majesty. In her speech, she emphasized on the tradition of writing letters and encouraged everyone to keep up this new school tradition!

*** Daria was elected to be the Queen of our Gymnasia for 2019-2020 academic year. She is a very bright student and a talented personality as well. I am proud that she is from my 11B class 🙂

Cap Hensley – Teacher, Volunteer, Friend

On October 21, Mr. Cap Hensley, a teacher from the United States of America and a PhD from Liverpool University, began his work at the gymnasia. He has lived, taught and traveled all over the US, but for the past several years he has been living and working in America and Ukraine equally. Mr. Hensley has a special love for Ukraine and is full of energy and enthusiasm to work with children of different age groups.

Cap’s lessons are interesting and educational. He motivates students to develop their critical thinking skills, discussing important issues of present day. Students enrich their vocabulary, practice their English and just enjoy having a native speaker in class.


Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Unleash the fun in classrooms, offices and living rooms!

I have been using it with my students – and they TOTALLY LOVE it! It’s fun and engaging, and I even use it at the Grammar classes with my 11th formers! 😁😂🤣

FCE Writing

Learn how to write a review for the FCE writing exam in this lesson. For many people, the writing section is the most challenging part of the FCE test. In this lesson, you’ll see a step-by-step process for writing a review. You’ll see exactly what to do at each stage and how to improve your FCE writing score.

This lesson will help you: – Understand the FCE writing task and how scoring works. – Learn how to plan your FCE writing review. – Write a first draft for the FCE writing review. – Understand ways to improve that first draft of the FCE writing review. – Make sure you are using good grammar, sentence structure, spelling, word count and more to get a good mark in the FCE Writing Exam.