This year we began offering TOEFL preparation as part of the tenth and eleventh grade English program. TOEFL stands for «Test of English as a Foreign Language,» and this exam is required of all students applying to academic programs in English-speaking countries: summer university academic programs for high schoolers; «gap year» or «foundation year» programs after graduation; or university studies. The TOEFL tests not only students’ command of English, but also their ability to use it in an academic setting. The exam is designed to simulate listening, reading, writing and speaking in classes in the social sciences and humanities. Students can now choose between this class or our traditional EГЭ preparation.
Галина Яковлевна Арефьева уже много лет плодотворно сотрудничает с методической лабораторией географии Московского института открытого образования. Она выступает на занятиях перед слушателями курсов, участвует в конференциях, педагогических марафонах и других городских мероприятиях по распространению передового педагогического опыта среди учителей географии.
Новый проект, начатый Старшей и Средней Школами в содружестве (в рамках деятельности кафедры «Слово»), называется «Уроки творчества».
On Friday, October 8th, my eleventh grade class taught an art lesson to the fifth and sixth grade students. The lesson was inspired by Jackson Pollock, a leader of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. During the lesson, the students were taught about the unique style, motivation, and feelings that influenced Pollock's paintings. Using specific vocabulary words, the students discussed their personal reaction to Pollock's paintings, and were then given the opportunity to create their own artwork. With the help of the eleventh grade teachers, the students were challenged to think critically about what defines art, and shared whether they agreed or disagreed with Pollock's authenticity as a painter. As an observer, I was very pleased with the camaraderie between the students and teachers. My eleventh graders demonstrated leadership, maturity, and a high level of English throughout the lesson. Most importantly, their personal interest in the students has continued to foster the importance of a mentoring relationship between the high school and middle school students.