Graduated from the 9th grade schoolgirl Zlata Ivanova was lucky: in July, according to the program of the Tver Fund “Hope” she went to the UK. In summer school, she kept a diary and plans to tell her classmates about her journey. We decided not to wait for September and talk to Zlata now.
There was no language barrier
– How did you get into the Prodigy program?”
– There is an opinion that the Foundation “Hope” chooses the chosen children. This is absolutely not true. It is enough to study well in school, have goals and interests in life and develop comprehensively. It was necessary to shoot a video in English, telling about yourself, your Hobbies, learning a foreign language and the reasons why you want to learn it further, then send the video to the competition and then enjoy a two-week training in England. (Smiles.)
– Are you a good student?”
– I’m not a student, I’m a good student. A few months ago, I graduated with honors from the Tver school No. 1 named after M. p. Mussorgsky. My main occupation is music, and learning English is an essential addition. In the future, I would like to devote my life to popularizing the academic performance of classical music among young people, since nowadays few people listen to good and high-quality classics.
– Where did you get your love for classical music?
– In my family there is no person who, besides me, would be engaged in music and played an instrument. As a child, I tried many different activities: swimming, gymnastics, drawing, etc., but only learning to play the violin and piano, as well as the study of linguistics and studying foreign languages immediately fell to my liking. When I was six years old, my mother decided to take me to music school. She started with the violin, and a year later she added piano lessons. After all, some believe that any violinist can play the piano, but not every pianist can play the violin.
During my stay in London, I repeatedly heard the opinions of different people about the high cost and quality of British instruments. Thanks to the staff at Heathfield Summer School, who rented me a violin from a teacher at a London music school, I was lucky enough to perform at the annual Talent Show on the professional stage of the academic theatre called St. Mary’s Theatre, which is located right on the grounds of Heathfield Summer School.
– Before that, you won the British Bulldog English competition. Was it difficult?
– Tver gymnasium No. 12, where I have been studying for nine years, offers its students various profiles and directions. In the 4th grade, I chose a linguistic profile. Every year we participate in various regional and all-Russian Olympiads. All-Russian game competition British Bulldog – one of the tests on the way to confirm the individual level of knowledge of the English language. I am grateful to my teacher Andrey Valentinovich Mishin for his invaluable contribution to the development of my education and worthy knowledge. Andrey Valentinovich and another my teacher of foreign languages Diana Krylova not only give all their strength, love and energy to the profession, but also try to find an individual approach to each of the children. I sincerely thank my native gymnasium No. 12 and my teachers for a powerful education that allowed me to easily overcome the language barrier, feel comfortable abroad and comprehend the most fascinating secrets and traditions of English culture.
Education in Russia and England different
– Did you fly to England alone?”
– Yes, and it was my first independent flight. The joint program of the Nadezhda Foundation and the education Agency EducAd Consulting is called “give a dream”. And it really is a dream. My heartfelt thanks go out to Nadiya Abela and her charity Hope Foundation, as well as to the sponsors who organised the fundraiser and paid for my two-week training in the UK. Many thanks to Julia Kosko and EducAd Consulting for their help in realizing my most cherished dream and the opportunity to get excellent knowledge from highly qualified teachers.
– What impressions did the trip leave?
– Only positive! I am still very impressed by Agatha Christie’s play “the Mousetrap”, written in 1952, which I was lucky enough to see in the legendary St. Petersburg theatre. Martin’s in London. I loved detective stories from early childhood. As she grew older, she became acquainted with the work of an increasing number of writers, but only Agatha Christie liked her. Her unique delivery and great style instantly hooked me and do not let go until now! I read almost all her plays, novels, detective stories, essays, novels and even poems.
“Is the education different?”
– Comparing different education systems is a thankless task, as each has its advantages and disadvantages. In England, the structure of the lesson is presented to students in the form of a game form, the implementation of various projects and the study of educational platforms. In training, the main emphasis is on the ability to independently obtain knowledge and apply it in practice. Knowledge testing usually takes place in writing-in the form of essays and projects.
– What happened in class?”
– Every week on weekdays we discussed topical issues: environmental problems, the impact of socio-political conditions on the development of cultures of different countries, types of migration, the scale of economic unemployment, the formation of tolerance and culture of interethnic communication of people. On weekends, we attended extracurricular activities developed by a special program English with Style, where we were taught the basics of speech, dining and social etiquette.
– What other countries were teenagers from?
– There were guys from France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Denmark, China, Sweden, Jordan, Poland, Turkey, Austria, Spain and Estonia. I am often asked, so I must say that the negative attitude of foreigners to the Russians was absolutely absent. On the contrary, all teenagers listened with great interest and attention to my stories about Russian customs, national holidays and folk art.
– Did you ask if you had an accent?”
“It’s hard to say. On the territory of the United Kingdom, there are more than 50 types of various accents, the owners of which can not always be understood even by true anglophones. In London alone, linguists distinguish three accents: South London, North London and Cockney, and after all, each of them has its own characteristic feature. But from the variety of accents the individual’s position is a common model called Received Pronunciation, or in other words “normative British pronunciation,” which guided students learning British English as a foreign language. Any language is a living and flexible organism that reacts to the social situation, so each accent is completely unique and in its own way important for its owner.
– No idea of going abroad after school?”
– Unfortunately, I do not have the opportunity to confidently build certain plans for the future, but I would like to subsequently gain professional knowledge and skills, having been trained under the program of the foreign education system.
– Good luck to you! I hope that someday we will see you on the world stage.
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