What Comenius intercultural project gave to me?

September 14th, 2012 by Undzyte Greta

By Greta Undžytė (1996), Šilutės pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

We all decided to participate in Comenius project because we wanted to improve our English skills, meet new people or learn more about culture in other countries. So, I‘m not the exception, that‘s why I decided to write about things Comenius gave to me.

Let‘s start with working on trait d‘union website. There we have to write articles. Sometimes it gets boring, but it helped me a lot, now it‘s much easier to write articles for my English or Lithuanian classes. Also, a writing process gives you extra knowledge, because you have to look for information on the Internet in the books and sometimes you have to ask your teachers or parents.

The second thing I want to talk about is improving your foreign language skills. During Comenius meetings you have to communicate with many teenagers and teachers from abroad. And it‘s not all about everyday situations, but you also have to discuss about your country and culture. I asked some of my friends and they agreed that they improved their English skills and it‘s much easier to understand people from abroad now. And, of course, one of the greatest points of Comenius meetings is that you can see how different world can be – I can give you a few examples. Firstly, when I visited Assisi I saw that it is totally different city than Šilutė. You can see differences in the pictures given below.

Besides, do you know what  the best thing is? In my opinion, Comenius gives you a chance to know people from your country better. If not my participation in this project, I wouldn‘t have been able to meet many awesome students from my school. I want to say that I made great friends like Laura and Radvilė. And they were the reason why I wasn‘t bored during this summer.

In conclusion, I want to say that almost everyone would agree with me that this project gives us experience and useful skills we will be able to use in future.

Workshops in Lithuania. Woven bracelets

May 31st, 2012 by Undzyte Greta

There were 7 girls in this group: Aiste Auskalnyte Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania, Agne Radzvilaviciute Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania, Greta Undzyte Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania, Radvile Ranaviciute Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania, Alicia Hernani DSBilbao/Spain, Kamelia Pluciennik LOK Kraków/Poland, Jennifer Rahberger BORG Krems/Austria.

Talking about first day in our group, we  had to do very warm and nice work. We had two frames and the idea was simple. We had to think and write some nice, kind, lovely, grateful and maybe sensitive words, which give us joy, good mood and cause warm feelings. It was our imagination.

On Thursday we started and  finished bracelets. In our group there were only girls, so everyone  enjoyed doing bracelets. Bracelets consist of 6  threads in 3 colours. At first, it was a little bit hard, but the longer we did it, the better the bracelets were.  We had a lot of fun while doing it!

Youth culture in Šilutė. Let’s play music!

May 1st, 2012 by Undzyte Greta

By Greta Undzyte (1996) and Agne Valanciute (1995), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

We all know what music is. It is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Nowadays the majority of teenagers listen to music everyday. But this article isn‘t about them. We decided to write an article about one of the most popular activities in Silute.

Let’s start with saying that playing musical instruments or singing are very popular activities in Silute. Our city is quite small, but here we can find lots of musicians!

Karcemele

In my opinion, the most famous band in Silute is Karcema. It’s a country styled music band, founded by famous Silute’s musician Vygantas Stoskus. Also there is another country music band. It’s the next generation of Karcema and it’s called Karcemele. Both bands participate in country music festivals, TV music shows and of course, they perform in Silute.


Folk Ensemble
Anyways, people in Silute don’t play only country music. In every school you can find pupils playing guitars, drums or Lithuanian folk instruments. At our school you can find rock and pop bands, guitar club, folk ensemble, choir and more. So, I think that there are many ways how to express yourself, but that’s not all!

The biggest spot where you can find musicians is Music School! (You could see Agne playing the piano in our anti-stress video. Yes, she has graduated from Music School and I’ll be graduating in two and a half weeks, too.) There you have to study for 4-8 years, it depends which instrument you want to play. For example, I’ve been studying how to play an accordion for 6 years now! Music school is proud of fanfare orchestra, which is called Pamarys. This year orchestra won 1st place (B category) in  XIIth Lithuanian wind orchestra championship.

Furthermore, I think that playing music helps to spend your spare time effectively, at the same time you gain extra knowledge and you meet new friends. Besides, you always have something to do, so, that’s why you aren’t one of those people who spend all their free time in front of a PC screen. What do you think about that?

Importance of foreign languages

February 24th, 2012 by Undzyte Greta

By Greta Undžytė, Agnė Valančiūtė, Šilutės pirmoji gimnazija/Lithuania

We did a survey about learning languages at our school. 30 pupils participated in the survey. So there you can see the results!

Question 1. What foreign languages are you learning now?

English – 30 pupils

Russian – 25 pupils

German – 4 pupils

Latin – 1 pupil

Question 2. What language/languages do you want to learn in future?

Spanish – 9 pupils

French – 8 pupils

German – 4 pupils

Japanese – 4 pupils

Italian – 4 pupils

Polish – 1 pupil

Rusian – 1 pupil

Portuguese – 1 pupil

Latin – 1 pupil

Question 3. Do you think that learning foreign languages is important?

Yes – 27

No – 1

Not sure – 2

Question 4. Do you think that foreign languages programs at our school are good enough?

Yes – 17

No – 9

Not sure – 2

Question 5. What things can be improved?

The main suggestions about this question:

1. „Teachers should talk in foreign languages during lessons“.

2. „I think that we need less theory (about tenses and so on) and we need to talk much more than now“.

Conclusion

Learning foreign languages is an important thing and when you know foreign languages you can talk to people from all over the world.

NO STRESS!

November 24th, 2011 by Undzyte Greta
Hello, we want to show you our anti-stress video clip! Just don’t be nervous, have a great time and relax! By the way, don’t forget to leave some comments!
Thanks for attention,
Greta Undzyte, Agne Valanciute
Silutes pirmoji gymnasium, Lithuania
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