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Lesson 1. The first class in the school of the future

There was held the first lesson within the project called “School of the Future”, which started the Museum-gallery of applied ceramics and art creativity of Ilya and Alexey Burlai, June 12, 2012. At the class there were children who have shown interest and desire to become the students of this extraordinary school. The singularity of this school is primarily in the selection of topical and interesting subjects for students and in peculiarities of their conduct. The topic of this session included the range that can be described as “The Language Culture” which included the following sub-topics as “Borrowings from Other Languages,” “Surzhyk (mixed Russian-Ukrainian dialect)”, “The Value of the State Language,” “One or Two Official Languages?,” and “Learning of Foreign Languages”.
Of course, for full coverage of these sub-topics they may also be the subject of some classes. The purpose was to help students to understand some difficult and controversial, but current linguistic issues. In the sub-topic “Borrowings from Other Languages,” which was a part of the topic of this lesson, I show the methods of the topic disclosure. The peculiarity of its topic is that consideration of the topic was in the form of discussion. So students were asked the questions such as “What is a language Borrowing?,” “Do we need borrowings?,” “What are the ways of getting words from one language to another?” and so on. Students gave answers to the questions in the way they understood them, supplemented each other and discussed with each other. Consideration of other sub-topics was held on the same way. The advantage of lessons in the form of discussion is that all students are actively involved in discussion and the situation in connection with the discussion stimulates their thinking, activates them and
doesn’t allow distracting. They all plunge into the discussion process, and do not notice how quickly time of the class is passing.


Y. Rozhko