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02.03.2007

Rivne self-help campaign to improve language skills

   

A joint project among civic organizations entitled “Centre for improving language skills” has been launched. In response to an initative from the Rivne Regional Europ-Club, the Rivne Centre for Social Partnership and the Volyn Resource Centre have joined in opening a Centre for Improving Language Skills [CILS] in the city. The aim of the project is to raise the professional level of civic organizations in Rivne.

The Rivne Centre for Social Partnership explains that the objective of CILS is to provide members of civic organizations and young people taking an active part in civic activities with the possibility of improving their language skills in English, German, Polish and French. It is quite often lack of knowledge of even one foreign language that hinders the development of an organization and stands in the way of cooperation with foreign partners or donors, as well as preventing participation in events at an international level.

This particular project began on 1 February this year with names wishing to participate being collected throughout February. The lessons will be held outside working hours in the Volyn Resource Centre. They will be given twice a week for each language. Teachers will include native speakers, as well as participants in the Volunteer Agency of the Rivne Centre for Social Partnership – students from language faculties.

The courses will mainly concentrate on developing speaking skills, although the grammar fundamentals will also be either learned or revised.

The organizers hope that through this project, local civic organizations which are the main contributors to the development of civic society in Ukraine will find new prospects and horizons opening before them.

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