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American Councils Open House September 28

September, 24 2012

American Councils Moldova celebrated 20th anniversary in Chisinau, Moldova, and 19 years since the first Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program finalist traveled to the U.S., with an open house event. Around 100 visitors attended the event throughout the day, including potential students, schoolteachers, university professors, researchers, legislative professionals, and NGO members who were interested in studying at the American Language Center subdivision. The open house visitors had the opportunity to attend professional development sessions, to speak with staff, and to learn more about the international education programs administered by American Councils.


The event had three major modules: English language classes that were taught in the morning and in the evening. Staff offered free access to potential students interested in studying at the American Language Center, professional development seminars for school teachers and university professors that were moderated by the most experienced teachers, project presentations, and discussions with American Councils Moldova project coordinators for potential Carnegie, FLEX, LFP and Access fellows. All of the sessions were focused on the academic and project management expertise American Councils Moldova staff have acquired over the years. American Councils Moldova trainers and project coordinators focused on modern teaching techniques, international collaborative tools, and cross-cultural expertise as used in programs and subdivisions. Country Director David Jesse moderated a session on participatory management, and an Access Project Coordinator taught Moldovan teachers how to use Skype and project based learning in EFL classes. Dorina Calinovscaia, Director of Studies, moderated a session on teaching GRE and TOEFL preparatory classes, while Valeria Guivan, Professional Development specialist, moderated a session on balancing teaching materials for basic and conversation classes.


Special guests at the open house included Open World alumni from the Supreme Court, LFP alumni working for the Ministry of Justice, Carnegie alumni working in Moldovan universities, and other strategic partners American Councils Moldova has built relationships with throughout the last 20 years. The event was organized in collaboration with a team of six FLEX alumni who volunteered to take care of event logistics. At the end of the day, a dozen students registered for open enrollment classes, over 60 teachers received certificates of attendance from the moderators, and many young legal professionals and researchers learned how they can apply to one of the exchange programs administered in Moldova.




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