Donor : self sponsored
Description: Foreign Languages Learning Center functioning at ATINATI provides learners at the age of 6 and higher with the opportunity to learn foreign languages (English, German, French, and Russian).
Project Goal: Promotion of foreign language teaching and learning for the purpose of global communication and better understanding.
- Acquire basic skills necessary for foreign language acquisition (at the beginner level);
- Use more advanced vocabulary and complex structures (at the intermediate level);
- Develop functional language ability (at the advanced level);
- Learn and use foreign languages in a meaningful and real-life context (at all levels);
- Use foreign languages outside of formal academic settings;
2. For teachers:
- Promote and support learners’ interest in foreign languages;
- Enhance professional qualification;
- Teach foreign languages in a meaningful and real-life context applicable to students daily life;
- Encourage foreign language usage outside of formal educational settings;
- Provide learners with the opportunities to practice what they learned;
- Use various approaches and foreign language teaching methods to address all students’ needs at all levels.
- Currently there are three hundreds trainees in Foreign Languages Learning Center. An analysis of learners’ abilities is conducted upon enrolment to divide learners according to three language levels (beginners, intermediate, and advanced) to address gaps in learners’ knowledge, communicative skills, and competences necessary for communication.
- Specific courses preparing learners for the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and First Certificate in English (FCE) are available at Foreign Languages Learning Center.
- Audio and video lessons are provided at the Center four times a week.
- Highly qualified local teachers teach foreign languages along with native speakers from abroad.
- A Conversation Club functioning at the Center provides trainees with the opportunity to practice the languages with native speakers as well as with local community members who have near- native and advanced language proficiency.
- An outstanding library is accessible for the Center trainees and teachers, as well as local University students. The library possesses more than 6000 English books, 600 German books, and books on the French and Russian literature. Some of the books have been donated by the American and British embassies, British Council, Institute of Goethe, Peace Corp and IRD. The rest have been purchased by the Center.
- At the end of each term the trainees are tested to identify improvement in the performance as well as interventions if necessary. The trainees who scored high on the test are provided with the opportunity to participate in the camps organized by ATINATI at no cost.
- Outstanding students of the Centers are eligible for scholarships initiated by donors and institutions.
- Annual English language conference takes place in the Center. The trainees of the Center pick up the topic of their interest, conduct the research on this topic and present findings in English language to the audience in a creative manner.
- Trainees of the Center are also engaged in various plays and events where they have an opportunity to perform in foreign languages.
Results: For the past several years, trainees of the Center have been very successful in Georgia and abroad. There are a number of the Center alumni among the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program participants, who went to the United States of America to enhance their personal and professional growth. Since 1995, 27 ATINATI trainees have been to the USA, five of whom are owners of FCE (First Certificate in English) certificate.