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In the last few days of winter at International Language Training Center there took place a professional development seminar. Ordinary as it may seem in the context of ILTC life, such events are quite uncommon in Moldova: it is hard to name at least one more educational institution where the professional development of instructors is taken such great care of.

 

 

We have talked to Andriy Ruzhynskiy about the efficiency of this approach, modern teaching methods and the differences in teaching English in various countries. Andriy holds a PhD in linguistics, is an associate professor of the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA, and a frequent guest presenter at ILTC.

 

 

-Andriy, as we know you’ve run a lot of seminars and trainings in different parts of the world. How are teaching methods different across countries?

  • -Of course, they vary a lot. But the differences are not always accounted for by the geography of a country itself, but by its culture and the mentality of its students. We as teachers should always take into consideration people’s entrenched customs and habits. For instance, students across the territory of the former USSR need more control on the part of the teacher, whereas Korean learners will not utter a word until they are absolutely sure about the correctness of the answer. Such peculiarities entail modifications in the application of the communicative approach and require a great deal of flexibility in approaching every single student.

 

 

-There exists an opinion that one of the most efficient methods of learning a language is total immersion in the language environment.

  • -It is not so simple. This method is efficient only under several other conditions. In the first place, the learner should not use his/her mother tongue communicating with other people from the same country. Then, he/she needs an excellent language teacher. But as you know, not every native speaker can qualify for this ‘title’. One can master a language in his/her native country, but go abroad in order to perfect his/her language skills and get to know the culture of the foreign country.

 

 

-What’s your opinion about such innovations as teaching foreign languages by means of Skype? How do they influence the quality of teaching?

  • -I think teaching through Skype has the right to exist, as any other long-distance learning. However the lack of face-to-face communication detracts from the quality of teaching. Besides, the teacher always needs to see what his/her students write, and how they write it, which is hard to assess over the internet. The greatest advantage of this novelty is that busy people get an opportunity to study languages right at their workplace, without having to travel. Yet, statistics show that on-line education has the highest drop-out rate.

 

 

-Do you think it is necessary for teachers to constantly develop professionally? How would you evaluate the professional expertise of ILTC instructors?

  • -I’d like to point out that my every visit to ILTC is a real treat. A lot of resources here are directed towards the selection of talented instructors and their continuous development. Here, at ILTC, they’ve managed to create an incredibly amiable atmosphere, and it is a rarity in such small countries as Moldova. I was absolutely delighted by the attitude of ILTC teachers, they have a burning desire to learn, they come to professional development trainings without compulsion and do their utmost even though the training is on Sunday. Teachers undoubtedly have to work on their professional growth. In this job it is impossible to stay at one place: you have to move further on, otherwise you are bound to start losing acquired skills. Of course a talent, a vocation also plays a big role. In order to turn into a highly qualified teacher one should have a sparkle in the eye.

 

 

International Language Training Center is always in search of talented teachers. For example, very soon, starting from March 17, there will be organized a teacher training course for young teachers. The most successful participants will be given an opportunity to join the ILTC staff.

If you are over 21, have an excellent command of written and spoken English, are interested in familiarizing yourself with communicative teaching and feel that teaching is your labor of love, fill out our application form that you can get at 43 Petru Rares street. For further information please contact us at (22) 29-29-88, 079 88 29 88

 

We wish you good luck!

 

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Price List, 2016-2017

General English / German/ Romanian/ Spanish/ French / Russian/ Italian/ Teenagers / Kids

The course lasts for 7.5 weeks, the lessons are held 3 times a week, each lesson last for 120 min, which is 44 astronomical hours.
General English:

  • Morning hours (8:30, 10:45, )
    €135 = 44 hours per session
  • Evening hours (16:30, 18:45)
    €149 = 44 hours per session

Teenagers – € 126 = 33 hours (the lesson lasts for 1.5 hours)

Kids – € 96 = 22 hours (the lesson lasts for 1 hour)

Romanian - € 114 = 44 hours per session
German – € 125 = 44 hours per session
French - € 125 = 44 hours per session
Italian - € 125 = 44 hours per session
Russian - € 125 = 44 hours per session
Spanish - € 125 = 44 hours per session

Specialized Course The course lasts for 7.5 weeks, the lessons are held 3 times a week, each lesson lasts for 120 min . Preparation courses for TOEFL, Business English - € 160 = 44 hours

Teacher Training = 500 MDL

Private lessons (any language):

  • € 16 - 1 student (60 min)
  • € 9 - 2 students (60 min)
  • € 6 - 3 students (fee for each student) (60 min)
  • € 5 - 4 students (fee for each student) (60 min)
  • € 18 - TOEFL; € 18 - IELTS; € 18 - Business English

Russian/Romanian Language – 12 € 1 student (60 min)

Discount:

  • New students – 0%
  • Continuing students (after 2 consecutive sessions) – 3%
  • Continuing students (after 4 consecutive sessions) – 4%
  • Continuing students (after 6 and more consecutive sessions) – 5%
  • Family discount – 5% for each member (parents, children, brothers/sisters, husband/wife)

 

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