“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:

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.



Public Speaking 2023

This is not the first time that a political speech presentation event  has been held at our school. In the 2022-2023 academic year it was held on March 28 and April 4. It was attended by students of the 11th grade. An important part of this event was played by the teacher of Public Speaking, A.  Valtere, the teacher of history V. Šulce, and English language teachers G.Zaremba and J. Mazure.

The teachers developed the main directions of the event, as well as the essential criteria for evaluating students’ speeches. A lot of preparatory work in planning and coordinating the joint efforts, instructing the students, selecting the criteria, and establishing the rules was carried out.

The students were asked to read, listen to and analyse the speeches of famous contemporary or historical politicians, and express their points of view in accordance with the preselected evaluation criteria.

There were three general purposes that all speeches created by the students fall into: to inform, to persuade, and to inspire their audience.

The students had to do quite a lot of work: watch and listen to and analyse several speeches presented by selected famous politicians and later interpret and evaluate them. The responses above demonstrate the  adolescents’ earnest and thorough analysis of the freedom of speech issue. The students revealed their different views on various subjects and exchanged ideas.

This event proved the significance of political speech analysis for the students. More importantly, development of their ability to speak in public also improves their communication skills. Therefore, the teachers wanted to help their students to become good public speakers, focusing on preparation, analysis, performance and evaluation.