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ISSUE VI - November, 07

Your Language Guide

CONTENTS: IH News............................................. p.1 IH Statistics........................................p.1 IH Champions....................................p.1 Get to Know More about your Teacher John Hall...........................................p.2 Study Abroad Winter Programme......p.2 Travelling with IH to India................. p.3 HI to IH!!!............................................p.4 Cooking with IH ................................. p.4 (pdf version available on

IH KPI Office: 7 Vanda Vasylevska st. T: 238 9870, 236 2264; IH Obolon Office: 24 Heroiv Stalingrada, office 126 T: 442 1330, 442 1331

The Celebration of the IH 15th Anniversary is in the process of preparation. Get ready for surprises, prizes and presents from IH. The most loyal clients will be awarded with :)) shhh... just be patient and you will find out. IH Statistics: Term 1: KPI: 680 students, Obolon: 120; Term 2: KPI: 720 students, Obolon: 180 students. 1-day Intensive Training Programmes were launched on the 27th October in the state-of-the-art IH Kyiv training centre in Obolon. The first in the history of IH Kyiv training had 3 participants, who were practising and experienced lawyers practising the Contract Law. The following seminars for Lawyers are coming: Corporate Law (1st Dec), Employment Law (15th Dec). The following seminars on Business Communication Skills are coming: Business Socializing Across Cultures (10th Nov), Effective Business Presentation Skills (8th Dec). More on SA presentations: in October (4th, 18th) the Study Abroad Dept of IH Kyiv had guests from the partnering educational organisation Into and provided a series of presentations and consulting sessions at IH Kyiv and in other educational institutions in Kyiv. Into offers preparation courses for entering some of the most popular universities in the world. More on www.ih.kiev. ua/abroad The annual boat trip for IH Staff took place on the 7th October, where all teachers and admin staff of IH Kyiv had a chance to enjoy themselves after the very intensive beginning of the new academic year. The trip started on Hidropark, heading down the Dnipro river with a 1-hour stop at the island for a football competition and then back. Football competition score: Book Centre team beat Admin+Teachers team 5-3. Forthcoming Events: IH Young Learners Conference in Torres Vedras, Portugal (Date: Nov, Delegates from IH: Lana Sushko, Lena Lysytsia, Oxford University Press Conference in Oxford, UK (Date: Delegate from IH: Serhiy Skytskyi (Book Centre).

IH Statistics in Cambridge Exams Passes

June 2007


total number pass

25 32 8 1 Total Numbers 66

25 24 7 1 57


100% 75% 88% 100% 86%


6 - with merit 3 - B, 1 - A 1-B 1-A


are here, next to you! Lana Sushko, the YL DoS has recently made one more achievement. The international Lady Race among female amateur took place at the end of September. Among 40 cyclists of different nationalities, professions and age groups there were 8 winners, where our Lana took the 8th prize! Lana started her cycling hobby almost 2 years ago and managed to gain noticeable results quite soon. She belongs to the Kyiv Community of Bikers, so don’t be surprised to see your teacher in an outfit unusual for a teacher :) and ask her more on if you want to join the bikers’ community too! IH for the HEALTHY LIFE STYLE!

Lana Sushko

IH Team welcome you among our friends: present and potential clients. We hope that this year with us will be spent with pleasure and enjoyment. All your opinions, comments and wishes regarding the contents of IH Compass are highly appreciated. We are always trying to become better and stay your favourite Language Guide:) Hanna K., IH Compass Project Coordinator


Hi There!

My name is John and I’m a new teacher here in IH. This doesn’t mean that I’m new to Kyiv, far from it! In fact I’ve been living here for 7 years and counting, and I’m still enjoying every moment. Origin My history is very hard to sum up in such a short space, but I will try. I was born in Manchester, UK, a With IH great place to live and grow up and so much more than just a place with a famous football team! My parents still live there on the farm where my 2 brothers and I had a wonderful childhood. My brothers have also moved away, but not as far as Kyiv.


JOHN HALL UK 1st year

So, I guess I’m the great traveller of the family. My

first move was to London and to university. I studied English Literature and Russian there for 4 years, and also took the opportunity to study in St.Petersburg for a year as part of my education. A wonderful place to study, I’m sure you’ll agree! Living in London and Russia introduced me to many different people from all over the world. This whetted my appetite for more travelling, meeting new people and doing something worthwhile. I enjoyed helping a few people with their English during this time and quickly realised that this was something I wanted to do in my life, to teach and live in a foreign country. My first port of call was Slovakia in 1998. I really enjoyed living in the mountains and teaching as a living. Prague soon followed after one year and in turn, Russia beckoned once more. Living in Moscow was a real experience, but I’m afraid it was a little too wild and crazy for me! I was given the opportunity to come to Kyiv after one year and arrived here in September 2000. I have truly enjoyed my time here, and what has made this more perfect was meeting my wife Tanya in 2002. We hit it off immediately, and we finally tied the knot (got married) in April 2004, a wedding party to remember forever!! I decided that I needed a change of environment, a different style of school with a family-type atmosphere, and IH has proved to be just that. I arrived here only 2 months ago, but it seems like I have been here all my life, everyone has been so friendly and kind to me. In my spare time I love being with my wife and family and taking long walks around Kyiv, admiring the stunning scenery here. If you can believe it I used to be a mountaineer, ice-climber, canoeist and caver in my youth. I have not completely given up extreme sports, however. Last year in Turkey and Croatia my wife and I survived the white water rapids in a double canoe without capsizing (turning over) once! The old skills never leave you do they! how can I end this? By saying I have enjoyed my life so far, but I know that I have a lot more to give – helping my family, my colleagues and of course the wonderful IH students.



Hope to meet you soon! John.

EC Malta: WINTER HOLIDAYS 6th-13th Jan, 08 for 12-16 y.o.


The Programme Includ sons classes of English 20 les ek (45 minutes each) per we a group maximum 15 students in ials books and tuition mater daily school bus

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Cost of the Programme 6th - 13th Jan 200 8

1 week (7 nights)

€ 1000

Additional Week €280 The cost of the programme does not include pocket money


Additional information upon request







Oksana Semenova

Oksana Semenova, the Assistant to the Director of Studies and the Online Project Coordinator went to India in August, 2007. She went there to take part in the “Teaching English Online” Conference which took place in Chennai, in the South of India. Oksana brought back unforgettable impressions and memmories and is kindly sharing them with us:) At the conference there were about 300 participants from everywhere. They were teachers of English, University lecturers, teacher trainers and professors. Every day of the conference started with a prayer, which was one of the most unusual things on my trip. It looks really amazing when you see hundreds of people praying simultaneously. It is rather difficult to find your way in the city, just because not so many people speak English. Education in India is very expensive, so not many can actually afford it. Well... people in India DO speak English, but at Elementary level. The thing is that not all people even have a TV, though it is definitely one of the easiest sources of learning English. There are about 20 channels in English on the TV and they transmit bulletins of the news of India in Hindi. Though, when, for example, there were floods in the North-East of India, none of the Indian local channels mentioned that and only the BBC were providing the information on what was going on. Now, let’s talk about Indian FOOD! This is a separate and very very tasty topic:). However you need to be very careful with the food you buy in the streets and small restaurants. I had better say that you mustn’t under any circumstances buy it anywhere but expensive restaurants. The thing is that it is just better not to take chances, because I did and severe food poisoning was, unfortunately, one of the memories I brought back with me to Kyiv. Also, I had a chance to see that India is a country of gorgeous temples and culture that you will never see anywhere else in the world. I’m very glad that I went there and experienced all these cultural peculiarities, like an “elephant blessing”, for example. The elephants in temples bless you with their trunk when you give a coin to them. It is really an unusual feeling, when this huge animal with a beautiful decoration on its head and trunk touches your head, as if blessing you. Also, in Chennai, there is one of the largest beaches in the world, but it is prohibited to swim and even walk there due to the quicksands which are just everywhere there. However, I even saw a few huts of people who live in that dangerous area. These are the poorest people who can’t afford to even live in small cities and villages. In general, I really enjoyed my stay there, but not sure I would have stayed longer;) Yours Oksana





A second “Hi” came from VIKA! Here is just a small extract from her fascinating travelling tour! More is coming with Vika! We received our 1st “Hi” from Emily Smith (she taught Finally after Cuba I got to at IH Kyiv in 2005-2006 academic year). Now she is Guatemala and spent a continuing her career in the USA and sharing her week in local highlands at impressions with IH Compass Lake Atitlan in Panahachel My travels through Russia and China after - a big Mayan village, Ukraine were amazing. I fell in love with local tourist destination, the places I visited and the people I surrounded by smaller met. However, I realized I really missed villages where gringos my family and the comforts of my life (us)are rare. Photos are here -- like hot water all the time, like coming later - as soon as I washing machines and dryers!! I’m a big find time to sort them. Then baby, huh? Well, if it’s any consolation, I our company moved to the also think life here is much more boring. I Pacific Ocean and until today miss the political demonstrations on Maidan we stayed in a fishing village Nazalezhnosti. :( without the bank, post office, After working very hard for several months as a curriculum internet, hot water etc. I’m coordinator at Yale University in New Haven, CT (on a afraid we were the first tourists there. Oh! They have temporary basis), I secured a full-time, permanent job already seen gringos - there is a national reserve not working for the President and Vice President of this far from the place and every night crazy volunteers university. It’s a very good placement, working with VIP’s and from there compete with locals looking for turtles on the handling confidential information, but it doesn’t utilize some beach where they come to lay eggs. The eggs are the of my greatest strengths which teaching did -- leadership, Big Prize for all. As far as I can see locals are winning creativity. Sometimes, I miss being back in the classroom, the competition: after the night and I really, REALLY miss my students. In my mind, however, on the beach which was full this job too is temporary. of volunteers, our host, Don I’m hoping to return to graduate school in 2009 to pursue Randolfo, was endlessly counting a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in the precious eggs he managed International Relations. If all goes as planned, I’ll graduate to find. Photos are coming!!!!! and start my *real* career when I’m 31!! Doesn’t that seem Love you! Miss you and hope to old?! By Ukrainian standards, I’ll definitely be a hopeless old see you one day :))))) Vika. maid by then!!:) Love, Emily

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American Speciality from IH: Meatloaf

Ingredients: 6 ounces garlic flavored croutons, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 onion roughly chopped, 1 carrot peeled and broken, 3 whole garlic cloves, 1/2 red bell pepper, 18 ozs ground chuck, 18 ozs ground sirloin, 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1 egg, For the glaze: 1/2 C ketchup, 1 TB ground cumin, dash Worchestershire sauce, dash hot pepper sauce, 1 TB honey. IH Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground sirloin, and ground chuck with the bread crumbs mixture. Season the meat mixture with the salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat. Pack this mixture into a 10 inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray. Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees. Combine the ketchup, cumin, Worchestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes. Makes 4 servings Cook time 45 minutes. Chef Notes: If you prefer a more moist meatloaf, then be sure to triple (3X) the glaze ingredients for use as a sauce/gravy later on. The remaining sauce, for example could be cut with 1 TBS of water to thin it chuck - коров’ячий ошийок up a tad, or you can sirloin - філе, філейна частина VOCAB adjust to suit your taste. glaze - глазурь HINT cumin - тмин to dash - тут додати (для рідких продуктів) !!!!!






This recipe has been offered by Mark Forehand,a Teacher of English from the States Dear Compass Readers, please send all your comments and wishes re:our newspaper to See U in January! Your Language Guide:)

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