Books and Dilijan
BOOKS at the college
|Student using new textbook, ENGLISH UNLIMITED , at Dilijan State College|
|Bookshelves in new English Classroom where old and new books are found|
One negative though is our inability to find a CD player needed to play the accompanying audio discs. Electronic devices of all kinds are very expensive here. Plus, technology has moved past the CD players I recall from earlier years. MP3 plays, iPods, cell phones, etc. now provide the link to music instead of CD players. Stores in Dilijan do not sell CD players and those in Yerevan are out of our price range. So you say---use a computer. Great idea! But we do not have a computer in our English classroom nor do we have electricity. Ironically, my English classroom sits between 2 computer classrooms but equipment in those rooms is not permitted to be moved. Even so, it is great to have new books, and we use the CD scripts as dialogues with the students being asked to read rather than listen to the CD’s we can’t play. Not perfect but not bad either!
In addition, a renewed student interest is occurring in checking out books from our small collection of graded readers. We tried to purchase a variety of subjects as well as reading levels. Rarely assigned book reports and poor English level proficiency has limited this activity, so to see a few names on our check-out list is heartening.
BOOKs in the town…………………..
|Entrance to Dilijan, Armenia's new library|
Dilijan’s long-awaited new library recently opened its doors. Housed on one floor of a renovated building in the heart of the town, the library shares space with an English learning Center operated by the American University in Armenia, and a high teach computer center operated by >>>>>>>>>>>. The English learning center offers classes for adults wishing to learn English and the computer center offers amazing computer lessons for students ages 12-17 years. The self-paced computer classes are absolutely FREE after the student pays a nominal, refundable damage deposit. Within 2 weeks, the center already has 200 students eager to learn advanced computer skills and use of all types of computer technology unavailable anywhere else in Dilijan. What a wonderful way for students to spend their free time and what a boost to their chances of getting jobs later on.
|Sign on wall outside of new library which is sponsored by the Central Bank of Armenia|
Though the collection of Armenian, Russian, and English books is small in the library, everything is new….. no musty-smelling, faded-paged, book-mite eaten books from the 70’s. The library itself is bright, welcoming and sparkling. The staff is eager to have many patrons and is open to any new ideas of how to use their facilities. One of the students Dave and I tutor is a smart, university bound high school senior. She has already learned new skills of how to secure a library card, check books in and out , pay attention to renewal and return dates, and knows the difference between to borrow a book and to lend one. Astrik will probably read ALL the books in the English section of the library and increase her vocabulary accordingly.
BOOKS: a personal note…………………………….
|New English textbooks and old text focused on poetry, both in my classroom at Dilijan State College|
I was so surprised to find a book written in Memphis, TN., and now on the bookshelf in my classroom in Armenia half the way around the world. It’s amazing how a small connection through one book can bring back so many memories and briefly tie two vastly different worlds together. As one gets older the adage “it’s a small world after all” truly has renewed meaning.
|Judy with students reading from new textbooks at Dilijan State College|
Happy Reading! wherever you are.