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Public Speaking Conference

In the realm of public speaking, the words of politicians often resonate with the masses, shaping opinions, and driving change. To delve into the essence of persuasive rhetoric, our school is proud to host "The Speeches of Famous Politicians of the 20th and 21st Century" conference. This event aims not only to celebrate the power of oration but also to instil valuable lessons in self-estimation and peer-estimation among our students.

On 20, 21, 27, and 28 February the school held a conference on public speaking, in which pupils of 11a, and 11b Forms took part. Pupils of the 10th and 12th grades acted as spectators and assessors at the same time. English teachers E. Mazure, G. Zaremba, T. Rassolova and I. Surkova acted as judges, as well as Latvian language teachers I.Galevska, I.Strode, S.Krause, culture teacher A.Valtere and history teacher V.Shulce.

Students participating in the conference had the opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses as speakers. Through interactive sessions, they learnt to recognize their natural talents, refine their delivery techniques, and build confidence in their ability to address an audience.

Students participated in the conference, putting their newfound skills to the test in a friendly and supportive environment.

By immersing themselves in the speeches of famous people, students gained a deeper understanding of the power of words to inspire, unite, and mobilize. Moreover, the emphasis on self-estimation and peer-estimation equipped them with invaluable tools for personal growth beyond the conference.

We are delighted that the school's Public Speaking Conference has become a tradition that can hardly be overestimated. Special thanks to the organisers of this conference V. Shultse, A. Valtere, E. Mazure, as well as to the Latvian and English teachers.

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“Singlish 2024”

In January,2024 the contest "Singlish" was organized by Riga Secondary School 34 for the fourth time. 70 students of 17 Riga schools took part in it. Participants demonstrated their talents and skills in English, as well as their vocals through video recordings. The jury watched every song with great interest, determining the best and emphasising the achievements of every participant.

We congratulate all the participants of the contest "Singlish" and express our gratitude to the teachers of English, vocal teachers and children’s parents.

CLIL Conference "CLIL application for higher achievable results in a foreign language."

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, teachers play a key role in shaping their students' learning experiences. To empower educators with innovative pedagogical approaches, the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Conference, dedicated to Public Speaking (Political Speeches) and Drama Lessons, promised to be an important event. Ekaterina Mazure, Galina Zaremba, Irina Grinevska and Elena Larina shared their experience with colleagues from Riga secondary schools and gymnasiums.  The conference provided a unique platform for teachers to delve into the intersection of language proficiency, political discourse, and dramatic arts in the classroom.

E.Mazure and G.Zaremba shared insights on incorporating political speeches into language education. Teachers discovered strategies to develop critical thinking, effective communication, and interdisciplinary knowledge in students through the exploration of historical and contemporary political rhetoric.

I.Grinevska, E.Larina engaged in interactive sessions and demonstrated how drama can be used to reinforce language learning, improve pronunciation, and boost students' confidence.

The CLIL Conference on Public Speaking (Political Speeches) and Drama Lessons offered a dynamic platform for teachers to enrich their pedagogical experience. Integrating public speaking and drama into language education empowers students to become well-rounded and confident individuals.

LATE – Latvian Association of Teachers of English

Teachers of English had an opportunity to work together on October 25-27, 2023 during the course organised by LATE – Latvian Association of Teachers of English and RELANG - Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference.

Titled as  “Literature and creative texts: how to practise and test literature in line with the CEFR and its Companion Volume”, the course offered its participants a thorough and engaging work on creating teaching materials and assessment criteria and tools. Guided by the concepts of credibility reliability and validity,  the teachers designed a set of tests to be used to measure students’ response. Riga Secondary School 34 was represented by Jekaterina Mazure, teacher of English.  It is possible to find the materials here:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1P1LllW6jofNC1DVZuqiNlMeMb-JCWAVGeQZdTH3pxk0/edit?usp=sharing

Baltic Sea Philosophy Essay Event

The teachers of our school E. Mazure, G.Zaremba, V. Shulce as well as  the students of the 11th grade A.Evele, M.Vasileca and R.Nikolins took part in the competition BSPEE on 18 October.

The Finnish UNESCO ASPnet, the Finnish Association of Philosophy and Ethics Teachers (FETO), the Philosophical Society of Finland (SFY), and the Association for Women and Feminist Philosophers in Finland (NFY), with the help of the Norwegian High School Philosophical Association, organized a philosophical essay event for upper secondary school students.

Participating teachers arranged a monitored two-hour event in which the students wrote their essays.

The highest-graded essays were sent to a three-member jury for a final decision regarding the medals. One jury member is a university lecturer in theoretical philosophy at the University of Helsinki, one is a board member of the Philosophical Society of Finland, and one represents the Association for Women and Feminist Philosophers in Finland.

The names of the awarded participants will be announced on November 16th, and medal essays will be published on the BSPEE website.