Profile of the ideal student. Where can I get achievements for admission abroad?

08.12.21

Profile of the ideal student. Where can I get achievements for admission abroad?

Profile of the ideal student. Where can I get achievements for admission abroad?

“Yes, why do I need your Olympiads and competitions, they won’t be useful anywhere anyway,” the thought periodically comes to schoolchildren and students. As a maximum, the most active Olympiads can enter a Russian university on a budget, but no one else needs all these crusts and pieces of paper. Is not it? And if needed?

If you are planning to enter a foreign university, active academic and extracurricular activities can set you apart from the huge list of other applicants. The top students on this list will be over the roof, but will everyone be able to boast of a dozen Olympiads a year, even at the school or city level, an international online business competition or the WorldSkills championship?

Participation in such events demonstrates that you are proactive, ready to set yourself complex tasks and find non-standard solutions for them; you are looking for opportunities to develop your skills outside of your alma mater. You improve your abstract, logical thinking, learn flexibility and originality, and understand how to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge in various fields. This is exactly what the foreign admissions committee needs.

What are the activities?

For schoolchildren, these are, of course, Olympiads: the All-Russian Olympiad for schoolchildren in various subjects, university (Olympiads from MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, from RANEPA, from ITMO), and thematic (Physics and Mathematics Olympiad "Rosatom", Eurasian Linguistic Olympiad). We should not forget about Russian and international competitions: literary, economic, robotics, etc.

How can students stand out?

There are also a huge number of competitions for bachelors and masters: from university projects, continuing with major Russian WorldSkills and RTM Challenge championships, and ending with international events: entrepreneurial project competition, innovative technical design competition, environmental projects.

Plenty of possibilities. Where can they be found?

If you have free time, you can turn to Google for help: he will gladly share sites such as Olympiad, All Konkursy or RSCI.

Or you can come to us at Global Ambassador. We will be happy to get to know you - your interests and goals, evaluate what you lack, and select the most suitable competitions and olympiads. Interested? Then leave a request.

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What is Lexical Approach? And how to use it in learning English?

07.12.21

What is Lexical Approach? And how to use it in learning English?

What is Lexical Approach? And how to use it in learning English?

Can you say so? Why can't you say that?

Because! In fact, these questions will (or will not) be answered by the lexical approach. The essence of this approach is that words in English (or in any other) language are not perceived in isolation from each other, but, on the contrary, together.

Have you ever wondered why even in our native language we speak the way we speak? For example, when you try on new clothes, you hear from a friend: “It suits you.” Who goes? Where is it going? It doesn't matter to us. We just know in what cases and why we use certain expressions and words. Thus, “it suits you” we perceive as a compliment and we ourselves use this expression when we want to comment on someone's appearance and make a person pleasant.

In other languages, everything works exactly the same. However, when a person begins to learn a new language, he has many questions, he wants to decompose the language into atoms, crack its secret code, unravel its mysteries, etc. After all, it's easier! Not at all: in this way we only complicate our lives and slow down progress. Why? And How?" deals with the history of the language, but we want to speak the language, right? And the sooner the better!

What then to do? How then to use this vocabulary? After all, vocabulary is much more important than grammar. Still, we are not talking about suffixes and endings. Chunks or chunks come to our aid.

Chunks these are combinations of words that are often found in the language and are natural to it. So, instead of learning the word rain, you can immediately memorize the common phrase heavy rain. This is how you will sound natural. Of course, you can say “strong rain” and you will be understood, but this combination of words does not occur in English.

Chunks are found everywhere. For example, when you are just starting to learn a language and get acquainted, for example, with colors, it will be great to memorize the black and white chunk. Again, you can say white and black without any problem, but historically, native speakers have said black and white.

Have you ever memorized lists of synonyms and antonyms for words? Cramming such lists gives the impression that the language — these are cubes that can be placed next to each other without any problems and build a beautiful tower. However, this is not at all the case. For example, in English there is an expression "go to town". It is used when you or someone else is enthusiastic about something: They really went to town on the Christmas decorations. It would seem that the verbs “go” and “walk” are almost synonymous, so you can say “walk to town”? If you want to store the value of an expression, then you can't. By changing the word, you run the risk of changing this meaning or confusing your interlocutor. Thus, in this case, you need to memorize the expression “go to town on Christmas decorations”: an example from the context where you found this expression will help you use it with other nouns in the future. This brings us to the most important part: how to write down and teach vocabulary.

Firstly, try to write expressions in the form of chunks, look in dictionaries for what other words this or that chunk is combined with. Secondly, try to avoid this: go to town on smth. The words "something" or "somebody" don't allow you to use the word right away, you have to think first which word you can use the chunk with. If you immediately write down an example for yourself, you do not need to think much, and in this way you improve your fluency. In addition, such chunks already contain grammar (go to town on + noun). In the future, again, you will not think about what part of speech is used with prepositions, for example. Thirdly, you can use slashes (for example, go to town on decorations / the wedding) and mind maps. Also, pay attention to simple words and how they fit together. The same expression “go to town” is composed of simple words, but when they come together, some people have questions. Do not focus all your attention on complex or archaic words that you are unlikely to use in speech. To search for chunks, use Google search or dictionaries like Ozdic (the link gives an example with the search for phrases for the word “rain”).

Watch what chunks you use when speaking your native language and treat them just as easily and easily when using English! Remember that vocabulary is not cubes that you can arrange as you like: vocabulary these are puzzles. Some of them are perfect for each other, and some no.

Immigration to France through education

27.11.20

Immigration to France through education

Immigration to France through education

What are the advantages of education in France, what is the principle of equality of opportunity and is it necessary to know French in order to study at a French university. Our partners from Paris, specialists of a legal consulting company, tell us how to plan your immigration through education correctly Easy France Pass.

France is popular with international students. French universities seriously teach specialties that have not yet received sufficient development in Russia: multimedia, alternative energy, neurobiology, business. If in Russia students master a lot of theoretical knowledge, then in France there is a different approach. Here the main goal is the benefit that a diploma can bring, and not erudition or status at all. Do not forget about the career opportunities that open up for people when they have French universities behind them, because local education is recognized all over the world.

The system of higher education and its cost

France has adopted a system of higher education common to all of Europe - LMD (Licence, Master and Doctorat). License is the first 3 years of study, 6 semesters. Master - the next 2 years of study, or 4 semesters. The test for the degree of doctor (doctoral) and the defense of the corresponding dissertation are possible after 8 years of study.

Until recently, education in public educational institutions in France was free. On November 8, 2018, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced a significant increase in tuition fees for non-European international students. At the beginning of the 2019 academic year, the amount for admission to a French university was 3 euros for those wishing to obtain a master's degree (Master) and 770 euros for a bachelor's degree (Licence). This is 2 times more than for French and European students. The reform caused discontent and served as the beginning of many protest movements in the university community. In May 770, rallies and boycotts took place at the universities of Paris, Nanterre, Montpellier, Lille, Toulouse and Rennes. The French Constitutional Council has recognized the need to uphold the principle of equality of opportunity in higher education. 15 universities refused to raise tuition fees for non-European students. The reform is still criticized and contested.

Many European students and teachers believe that accepting foreign students on the same terms as their own citizens confirms the principle of equal opportunity, which has long been the cornerstone of the French education system. It is also a great opportunity for young people from different countries to study together in France, build strong ties and build joint business projects.

At the moment, in most French universities, the education of students is subsidized by the state. On average, one student costs France 10 euros per year. The student annually pays for registration at the university: approximately from 200 to 600 euros, depending on the level of education.

In private higher education institutions, the fees are higher, but still not as much as in England or the USA. The quality of education does not always depend on its cost. In France, there are also expensive world-class business schools. The French newspaper Le Figaro recently published its ranking of the best French Schools of Business and Management (Ecoles de Commerce et d'Administration) for 2019. The Higher Commercial School of Paris (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) became one of the most expensive in 2019: 49 euros for one year of study.

Scholarships for study and research in France are provided by many organizations, ranging from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education to the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), regional foundations and higher education institutions themselves. The higher the level of education, the more different types of financial assistance there are.

Preparation for studying in France

Non-European international students must apply for a student visa (visa de long séjour category "D" for one year) at the French embassy in their country of residence. There are certain requirements for her: the ability to prove the availability of sufficient financial resources, to be enrolled in a French higher education institution for the next academic year and the availability of health insurance. Some educational institutions provide entrance exams and admission to such universities is possible only after passing competitive exams.

An international student must pass a French language exam such as TCF (Test de connaissance du français) or DALF B2 to prove their ability to study in French. This test can be administered by accredited organizations. On the this site provides detailed information about the centers for passing the language exam.

For candidates for business schools such as INSEAD, ESSEC, NEC, French is not required, since all subjects are taught in English. But if you live in the country for at least 1-2 years, it is better to take advantage of the opportunity: in such business schools, students are often offered French lessons.

To confirm your previous education, you must provide documents translated into French. The admission committee of the university requests copies of the original documents and a notarized translation: you need to translate the school certificate, diploma of the first higher education, if any, and an extract from the diploma with grades.

We recommend starting to prepare documents 5-6 months before the start of the academic year at a French university. First of all, you need to decide on a specialty and an educational institution. We talked about what package of documents you need to prepare in one of our previous articles. A distinctive feature of French higher education compared to other countries is the small size of educational institutions that specialize in a particular area. This is especially true for small French cities such as Grenoble or Nancy. There are no more than 2-3 universities oriented towards the exact sciences and sociology, as well as a number of engineering and technical specialties. In Paris and its suburbs there are 13 universities that do not specialize in any particular area, and a large number of small, highly specialized educational institutions.

We advise you to be realistic about the university order in the country: the French system of free higher education works on the principle of "easy to enter and easy to leave." According to statistics, a third of students do not even complete their first year of study.

Part-time work in France is allowed while studying for students who are not entitled to a scholarship. At the same time, the employment of students has a number of legal subtleties. First of all, the student needs to obtain the appropriate permission from the Department of Labor and Employment. After that, you will need to follow the rules of employment: a foreign student is allowed to work no more than 18-20 hours a week. You can find a job on your own or with the help of CNOUS (Center for University and School Services).

A graduate of a public university or a private accredited business school is entitled to a temporary residence permit for employment (carte de séjour “recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise”) for a period of 12 months after graduation. You can request it while still in France, before the expiration of your student residence permit, or upon returning to Russia within 4 years after completing your studies. This provides an excellent opportunity to show your abilities and gain a foothold in the country that you will love with all your heart during your study time.

The list of state-recognized study programs, after graduating from one of which you can apply for the specified residence permit, can be found at website of the association "Big Schools" (Conference des Granges Écoles, CGE). You also have the right to stay in France for another year if you have obtained a state diploma that is included in the statutory list published here.

THREE ways to become a medical student in Germany

11.11.20

THREE ways to become a medical student in Germany

THREE ways to become a medical student in Germany

Medicine, of course, is in third place among the popular associations with Germany, in addition to famous brands of cars and beer. It's no secret why. German recruiting company step stone, trusted by 31% of Germans, has published the following statistics for 2018. The average salary of a doctor in Germany is 58.100€ per year. Such figures are no doubt attractive to students who are fond of medicine.

There are three options to join the student medical community in Germany. It all depends on what level of education you are at now:

1. Graduate of the 11th grade in Russia

  • admission to the Studienkolleg (German Studienkolleg), a pre-university training college for foreign applicants and study for 1 year on a medical course (M-Kurs);
  • admission to the 1st year of the medical faculty in Germany.

2. 1-2 year student of a medical university in Russia

  • admission directly to the 1st year of the medical faculty in Germany.

3. 3-6 year student of a medical university in Russia

  • an appeal to the appropriate federal state authority on the territory of which the chosen university is located with a request to re-credit the courses studied *;
  • re-admission to a higher semester of the German Faculty of Medicine.

*The recommendation received does not guarantee admission to the 2nd or 3rd year of a German university. This decision is made on an individual basis by the selection committees of universities.

The popularity of the direction leads to serious competition among applicants - an average of 5 people for one of ~ 9.000 places. You have to work hard to become the lucky one. In the certificate / final assessment after the Studienkolleg (German: Feststellungsprüfung) / certificate from the university, there must be excellent grades, and knowledge of German should not be lower than C1. BUT! Do not rush to get upset if you notice one or two fours. You CAN ALWAYS improve your chances of getting in, and we know HOW to do it.

Specialists of the department of education abroad regularly work with medical students who enter Germany. Consultants know in which universities the required training profiles and in which Studienkolleg to study before admission. We will review all available options and find out the requirements for admission to each university you choose. And most importantly, we will help you create a strong academic profile that will bring you closer to a career in medicine.

 

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Evgenia Efremova's IELTS Test Tips: Does Accent Matter in the Speaking Part?

02.04.20

Evgenia Efremova's IELTS Test Tips: Does Accent Matter in the Speaking Part?

Tips for passing IELTS from Evgenia Efremova
Does accent matter for grading the Speaking part?

An accent is a peculiar and unique way of reproducing sounds in a foreign language, which is caused by a different pronunciation system in the speaker's native language. One of the parts of the IELTS exam is Speaking, where you demonstrate the ability to express your thoughts in English orally. On its official website, the IELTS developer suggests that most test takers speak with an accent. Does emphasis affect the score in the speaking part? And is it worth spending precious time and effort on “smoothing” it?

In his video, the academic director Global Ambassador Evgenia Efremova says:

  • how exactly the accent affects the assessment in terms of Speaking;
  • what factors determine the presence of a strong or weak accent;
  • and what is the difference in accents for getting a score of 6.0 and 8.0.

Would you like to get a preliminary score in the Speaking Criteria section and find out exactly what skills you need to improve in order to get the desired score? Sign up for a class by phone or online. We will definitely help you take a qualitative step towards your goals.

You can find out the next exam dates and details about group courses from the administrator or on the page IELTS preparation.

Benefits of Pursuing Postgraduate Education Abroad

26.03.20

Benefits of Pursuing Postgraduate Education Abroad

Benefits of Pursuing Postgraduate Education Abroad

Approximately 13.1% of Americans over the age of 25 have a master's degree, which is more than 20 million people. For comparison, 20 years ago in America there were almost 2 times fewer masters.

A source: US Census Bureau

This is due to the fact that by 2022 a fifth of local companies will require a master's degree when applying for a job. This trend is observed all over the world: growing competitiveness in the labor market, a radical change in the requirements for professional skills. The emergence of new professions and functions requires continuous updating and deepening of previously acquired knowledge and skills. In this article, we will tell you how a master's degree will help you in the future, and whether investments in postgraduate education will pay off.

The desire of people to receive postgraduate education is due to a number of reasons. A clear picture on this issue is provided by the UK Postgraduate Experience Study, or PTES (The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey). The study has been conducted annually since 2009 from February to June. In 2019, 71 students from 043 educational institutions participated in PTES. Along with other questions, PTES contains an analysis of the reasons that prompted undergraduates to obtain a degree.

The main motives for obtaining postgraduate education are related to the expansion of professional opportunities.

Employers value a master's degree, especially if it is an international diploma. Although having a diploma does not guarantee employment immediately after graduation, British labor market statistics among university graduates (Graduate Labor Market Statistics) came to an important conclusion. Masters are more likely to get a high position in the desired company, as they have key skills and knowledge for the profession that are not acquired in undergraduate programs. In 2018, 71.6% of young masters under 30 got a highly qualified job, while among young bachelors this was only 57%. Students who have received additional master's education abroad are distinguished by developed critical thinking, cross-cultural communication skills, professional knowledge of a foreign language (English) and an innovative approach to work thanks to an interactive format and a project-based approach to learning.

Among the respondents, 24% noted that a master's degree is necessary to meet the requirements of the desired position. For some professions, such as health care or law, a master's degree is required when applying for a job. Even in other professions, you need to constantly acquire new skills and develop existing ones in order to keep pace with changes in the professional industry. During competitive selection for an HR specialist, a master's degree can be a decisive advantage for employment, all other things being equal with other applicants.

If you are already working in an industry that interests you, a master's degree will allow you to gain practical experience, borrow best practices and update your soft skillset. The active use of project work within the framework of the course, including at enterprises and the solution of real cases, has become an obligatory standard in the organization of training in master's programs. In addition to the direct consolidation of theory in practice, this approach contributes to the development of soft skills. These include the ability to work in a team, intercultural communication, teamwork skills, project management and many others. Many companies, realizing the value of receiving such an education, provide financial support to motivated students in paying for tuition in the form of sponsorship. These include financial companies Grupo Santander, Microsoft, Toyota Motor and others.

Given the value of obtaining an additional master's degree, the question arises: how to pay for tuition in a master's program if there is no sponsor, and how justified is investment in additional education?

Postgraduate educational programs depend on the country, the type of university (private or public) and the ranking of the university. Foreign students pay more than locals for tuition, but there are also scholarship programs and grants for the most motivated students. This type of funding can cover up to 100% of tuition and living costs. Consider the average cost of a master's program for international students per year of study in several countries (Source: FindAMasters.Com и TopUniversities.Com):

  • Australia - 23 000 USD
  • United Kingdom - 24 000 USD
  • Germany - from 1 to 000 USD
  • Canada - 14 000 USD
  • USA - 35 000 USD

In addition to Tuition fees, additional costs for a prospective Master's student include language test fees, student visa fees, travel costs, living expenses, and the purchase of textbooks. Obviously, you want to know how soon the investment will pay off. To do this, we turn to the data on the average salary for candidates with a master's degree. Consider the US and Canada as two popular destinations for post-graduate immigration.

USA

This country has no equal in terms of the quality of higher education. America is home to 70% of the top 25 universities in the world. The most popular areas of study for international students according to the Institute of International Education (Institute of International Education) are Business and Management, Engineering and Mathematics and Computer Science. The so-called STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). By the way, international graduates of STEM programs receive a permit for three years of work in their specialty (OPT) without the need to obtain a work visa, while all other students - only one.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (National Association of Colleges and Employers) provides data on expected wages in leading educational areas:

  • Computer Science - USD 79
  • Mathematics and Computational Sciences - USD 79
  • Engineering - USD 77 29
  • Business - USD 75

On average, wages in such areas fell by 1.5% compared to 2019. Refer to the data of the statistical offices of the countries to always be aware of the latest changes in the labor market.

Canada

There are approximately 250 universities in Canada, most of which are public. The list of the best universities in the world includes 26 universities. According to Statistics Canada (Statistics Canada) among the popular master's programs for international students are Business, Management and Administration, Architecture, Engineering and related areas, Humanities. According to company data Payscale, the expected salary level is as follows:

  • HR - CAD 52
  • Marketers - CAD 58
  • Architect/Designer - CAD 44 000-62 000
  • Mechanics - CAD 57

Given the different living standards in the US and Canada, a master's degree will pay for itself in about six months of work. That is, in two years of work, you can earn three or even four times more than you invested.

But do not think that a master's degree will automatically open up job market opportunities for you. To be sure that the completed higher education suits you and is worth the effort and money that will be invested, you must:

  • Be passionate about what you are learning;
  • View ads for a vacancy of interest right now, since in addition to a master's degree, you may need certificates of completion of specialized courses or accreditation;
  • Study all the possible requirements of the future profession in the chosen country of study and the country where you plan to find a job. Ensure that a master's degree will help you achieve your career goals;
  • Think about how valuable and new the knowledge of the master's program will be, whether it will help you move up the career ladder and get a promotion;
  • Always contact employment services, professional organizations or employers for more information.

Regularly study the labor market of the industry and country of interest, follow the requirements of employers and changes in this area. Thus, you will have a clear picture of the necessary knowledge and skills that will allow you to choose the most suitable master's program. Get Started Now: Contact our advisors to learn about undergraduate scholarship programs and career opportunities with a Master of Arts, Science, Business Administration, Public Health and more.

 

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Do's and Don'ts When Preparing for the International Exam

24.03.20

Do's and Don'ts When Preparing for the International Exam

Do's and Don'ts When Preparing for the International Exam

The beginning of spring gives people motivation for new achievements. It also includes the desire to supplement a working or educational portfolio with a certificate of successful passing an international exam. It is for you, and also for those who are waiting for the mandatory Russian state exam this year, that we will briefly interrupt our series of posts about the “smart” approach to languages. We have prepared some tips that will help you effectively plan your preparation for the international exam and not lose the most important thing in the process - motivation.

So, you decided, or you were recommended, or even forced, to decorate the wall with a treasured piece of paper in a frame. The next steps seem clear: find an experienced teacher or a good study guide and follow all his recommendations. However, there are things that you are quite capable of doing on your own. They will help the specialist work with you and become a solid basis for motivation to achieve results. In other words, before you start preparing...

NECESSARY

1. Decide on a goal

"I want the highest score!" - that and to speak, sounds ambitious. It is unlikely that it will be possible to build long-term motivation to study on such an emotional impulse. Carefully study the requirements of the organizations to which you may be providing your certificates. The vast majority of educational institutions or work companies clearly indicate the requirements for points. Be vigilant: many organizations require a certain number of points not only for the exam as a whole, but for each section of the exam. The standard is reading, listening, speaking and writing.

2. Find out your current language level

"Can I?" - a question that torments everyone in the early stages of preparation. Sometimes a question causes such a strong panic that some choose to give up right away. To dispel doubts, it is enough to find out your current level of knowledge of the language. Numbers are the best remedy for unreasonable worries. This will help you Placement Tests, which are available online, as well as the help of an experienced teacher. It will help you evaluate your speaking and writing skills and you will get the most objective assessment of your knowledge. You will be able to assess your position on the CEFR scale (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and find out on the official website of the exam:
a) the minimum required language level to pass the CEFR exam;
b) what approximate score with the current level of knowledge of the language you can get.

3. Set deadlines

Already at the previous stage, it will be quite clear how long it will take you to get the desired result. However, it is necessary to say the main situations on which the duration of the preparation for the exam will depend. So, there can be several situations:

  • First: the current level is not enough to pass the exam. In this case, it is better to postpone testing until it meets at least the minimum requirements. Usually, to reach the next level on the CEFR scale, it takes from 8 to 12 months of classes 2-3 times a week. This means that the deadline for passing the exam will have to be pushed back by about a year.
  • Situation two: the current level of knowledge of the language is enough for the exam, but it is still not easy to score the desired number of points. Your task is to find a teacher. He will build a curriculum in such a way that you simultaneously improve your general English skills and at the same time get acquainted with the strategy for completing exam tasks. Educational materials also play an important role in this. For example, the Complete and Objective textbook series for Cambridge exams. Such training lasts from 4 to 8 months, subject to active work at least 2 times a week.
  • Finally, the third, most positive situation: the current level is enough to get the desired score, and you successfully solve the trial versions of the exam. But remember that the success of passing the test depends not only on the knowledge of the language itself, but also on the possession of strategies for completing tasks. If you know how to properly complete different types of tasks, you save time and feel confident in your actions. Set aside two or more months to bring the application of all strategies to automatism.

4. Familiarize yourself with the exam format

Many people do this at the very beginning - they download an approximate version of the test from the Internet and solve it to determine their initial level. And it seems quite logical, but ... It is too likely that even a confident student will receive a low score. He will be so disappointed with the grade that he will refuse to participate in the exam altogether, although in fact the chances were not bad. In fact, the reason for the failure lay in the ignorance of the strategies that we mentioned above. If you don't know how to concentrate most effectively at different stages of listening, how to approach reading different types of text, you will make mistakes and spend more time on assignments. Solving mock tests at an early stage only makes sense if the teacher has already explained to you how to work with the tasks. This will be another point in diagnosing your level of preparation.

IT DOES NOT FOLLOW

1. Trust advertising

International exams are a whole business. Hundreds of courses and thousands of tutorials promise to prepare you for the best exams, but not all of them are honest with potential students. How to avoid deception? There is no universal recipe, but there is one indicator that will point you to not the most conscientious people. This is a promise to discover "secrets" and teach "life hacks" that are "inaccessible to mere mortals."

Firstly, the main objective of the international exam is to provide enhanced opportunities for students who already have sufficient knowledge. The selection of the "chosen ones" who happen to be lucky enough to learn some "secret" is unlikely to be useful.

Secondly, the set of exam strategies for most exams is exactly the same. The difference is only in the number and total complexity of tasks. Here they are:

  • Ability to read and listen to the text with an understanding of the main idea;
  • Ability to read and listen to the text with an understanding of individual details;
  • The ability to see the logic of constructing a text and a monologue;
  • The ability to build a logically coherent text and monologue;
  • Ability to understand and apply paraphrasing in written and oral speech;
  • Knowledge and application of vocabulary and grammatical structures of a certain level of complexity.

And no more. The types of tasks are known to any competent teacher - the only difference is HOW he will teach you the strategies.

2. Wasting time on mindless cramming

"1000 words needed to pass ...", "All grammar for ..." - we see such headings on the covers of manuals. These are the books we will put aside. Why?

Let's open the criteria for assessing the oral and written parts used by experts IELTS, TOEFL и Cambridge exams. They are available on official websites and it will be necessary to familiarize yourself with them in the preparation process. What do we see there? The criterion "Use of a certain word and grammar" does not exist. However, there is such a basis for evaluation as "Uses words and grammar appropriate to the task", i.e. topic and situation. Therefore, rote memorization will not give you an understanding of when and in what combination it is worth using a certain word, phrase, or construction. You will only lose points if you use something inappropriately. An excellent solution to this issue will be mental maps, which we talked about in one of the last articles.

The exception to this rule are the "Key Vocabulary List" booklets (not for all levels) for the Cambridge exams, which are available for download at the official website. Remember that they should not be treated as teaching aids. Examine the list of words presented and check yourself: how many words you already know, and how many are still problematic. This will also be a good way to self-diagnose.

We hope that with this article we have at least dispelled your doubts a little and given certainty to your plans. Good luck!

 

Anna

Anna Menshikova
English teacher at Global Ambassador

Sports scholarships in US universities from $30 to $000 per year

19.03.20

Sports scholarships in US universities from $30 to $000 per year

Sports scholarships in US universities from $30 to $000 per year

A sports scholarship, or Sport scholarship, is a program of US educational institutions, according to which student-athletes receive a scholarship based on sports and educational achievements. Funding is provided by a school or university for athletes who will later play for the team of this educational institution.

The scholarship partially or fully covers the costs of:

  • Accommodation expenses
  • Education
  • Food
  • Sport activities

Sports scholarships can fully or partially, from 30% to 100%, cover the cost of training athletes. The amount of the scholarship depends on many factors, but first of all, it is the student's sports level, i.e. at what level the athlete performs, and his physical data. If you are applying for a full scholarship, then you must have the potential to become a professional in your sport in the future.

Scholarship money is not transferred to the student's personal account. Sponsors transfer funds to the account of the educational institution, or the educational institution allocates money from its own scholarship fund. The amount is issued as an educational discount.

The sources and methods that schools use to fund students are different from the way colleges and universities are funded. The Fund for Sports Scholarships in Schools is formed by attracting sponsors and funds that will help in further financing the education of athletes. Only the largest schools with the strongest sports programs are able to allocate funds for sports scholarships from their own budget. Usually, schools do not have enough funds to fully pay for the education of athletes and other students. For a foreign athlete, the cost of education without scholarships ranges from $35 to $000 per year at a US private high school, including living expenses, meals, sports expenses, etc.

Some schools are ready to finance the education of athletes in full, but only those who are of interest to schools. However, schools cannot fully fund the training of the entire team. Every year there are 2-4 top talents in full funding. The rest pay for schooling on their own with discounts.

Universities have a different system for the formation of a scholarship fund. Universities make money from their sports programs. They sell tickets for sports games and advertisements for TV broadcasts. Due to this, the university finances from 70% to 90% of the scholarship fund on its own. Such universities allocate up to $70 per year to pay for the educational program of one student-athlete.

The reason for sponsoring student-athlete training is simple. Individual and team sports victories raise the prestige of the educational institution. Although prestige is important for American universities, it does not consist only in sports victories. The fact is that universities earn a lot of money in sports. The promotion of the team means an increase in earnings, which means there will be more opportunities for the development of the educational institution. This improves the prestige of the university and the value of its education.

The amount of the scholarship may also depend on the sport popular at the university. For example, all players on a basketball team receive full scholarships at major universities in the US National Sports League. With football, the situation is different. The coach is given a limited amount of scholarship money, which is not enough to pay for the training of all team players in full. The coach distributes the amount among the athletes at his own discretion. In one case, several students receive a full scholarship, while the rest will study without it. In another, the coach distributes finances equally among all players. Each case is individual.

It is possible to get a full sports scholarship in almost any sport, but only if the coach is interested. It is also important to be in the right place at the right time. You may find yourself in a situation where the coach wants to give you a scholarship, but he has already run out of budget for the team. Accordingly, the coach does not have the opportunity to allocate funds for one more person.

How to start scholarship applicants:

If you are applying for an athletic scholarship, follow these two steps. First, prepare an introductory package of documents for the educational program of the university. The university prescribes a list of documents on the official website (for more details, see our article What documents are needed for admission abroad?). The second step is to find a coach.

We recommend that you start looking for a university and a coach 1,5-2 years before the date you start studying at a US university. Find the first and last name of the head coach in the sport of interest. Most U.S. educational institutions of this type have a separate "Sports" section on their websites.

The next step is to prepare a letter of recommendation. In it, indicate the name and surname, age, current educational grade in high school, contact information, including e-mail and fax. Also include your physical details (height and weight), the reason you want the scholarship, and when you can start your studies. In addition, include videos that showcase your athletic ability and a 1-2 page summary of your sporting accomplishments, including awards and dates.

Factors that affect the receipt of a scholarship:

  • Academic achievements. Yes, academic achievement is important. For American coaches, it is important that athletes learn "good" and "excellent".
  • Sports achivments. Write dates and awards in your resume and attach a video presentation for trainers. It is advisable to mount the video in the form of Highlights - i.e. make a cut of the best game moments from training and sports.
  • Results of international tests SAT or ACT and TOEFL. A language test and specialized subject tests are a prerequisite for foreign applicants.

Forward this information to the coaches at the email addresses found. When you become a student at the desired university, maintain high academic performance in educational subjects. This will allow you to keep the scholarship or apply for it if the scholarship was not given before admission.

Starting timely preparation is important to achieve the expected result, and we are ready to help you with this. V Global Ambassador you will receive full support at all stages of admission and scholarship. Stages of work with our specialists of the department of education abroad:

  • FREE consultation
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  • EVALUATION of chances for admission
  • Conclusion of the CONTRACT
  • SELECTION of universities, educational programs and scholarships
  • SELECTION ANALYSIS and SELECTION of a suitable option
  • REGISTRATION of the introductory package of documents
  • PREPARATION and PASSING SAT or ACT, TOEFL and other tests
  • STUDENT VISA APPLICATION

 

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Mind Maps as a technology for effective memorization of foreign words

18.03.20

Mind Maps as a technology for effective memorization of foreign words

Mind Maps as a technology for effective memorization of foreign words

We continue a series of articles about using the resources of our brain to the maximum and replenishing vocabulary.

You met a foreign word, analyzed its structure (determined the part of speech, compatibility, word-formation forms, synonyms, etc.), studied examples of its use and introduced it into your oral and written speech. The teacher gave you positive feedback: “Yes, that’s how a native speaker would use this word.” What happens next...

Ideally, what you learn stays in your head forever. The word or phrase pops into memory effortlessly, and you use it almost as often as the simplest "hello" and "thank you." This ideal outcome is rare. It often happens that the sphere of use of the word does not at all belong to the category of everyday topics. Consequently, there is no chance to apply new knowledge in practice, and economical memory wants to get rid of unnecessary burden ... Or a more difficult situation: what you have learned is needed for the exam, and there is less and less time. Is it really impossible to use the good old lists of words for memorization in this case?

Of course you can. But how effective is a sheet with a set of words in alphabetical order, which you mindlessly skim through your eyes? Methodists and linguists have come up with many ways to work effectively with words. They connect our strong side of the brain - logical thinking. Today we will talk about one of these methods.

Mind Maps, or Mental Maps. This is a way of ordering words, which involves both the ability to combine information into groups (one of the highest cognitive functions) and the visual component. Cards are a diagram in which you break words, phrases or phrases into categories and subcategories. So you quickly cover the volume of the recorded. Along the way, you can highlight points with your eyes in order of importance (for example, the frequency of use in a certain professional field) for you. Thus, our logical thinking works, builds connections, and in the meantime we remember more of the necessary material in less time.

Draw Mind Maps yourself or connect modern technologies. For example, the resource MindMeister. At the click of a mouse, it will create convenient and neat schemes for you, where you can add colors, pictures, and even emoji if you wish. These maps will be available day and night from your phone, tablet or computer.

Now let's look at ways to group words and choose the one that suits you.

  1. When it comes to words that denote material objects, then everything is simple: remember what other things they are next to every day. Distribute pieces of furniture in rooms, clothes - in accordance with the part of the body on which they are worn, food - for vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy products.
  2. Is it difficult to divide words of the same subject into groups? Connect a personal attitude: “likes” and “dislikes”, favorite and disliked character traits, hobbies and activities that you don’t like to do ... Emotional significance will attract attention and allow you to remember the words for a long time.
  3. A common problem for those who are preparing for an exam with oral tasks: “I know that my speech sounds poor, but I can’t help it. Only the simplest words from the elementary school curriculum come to mind.” Did you recognize yourself? Then make a Mind Map with the synonyms of the expressions you need. Let "hilarious" and "hysterical" be added to "funny". Don't forget to include example sentences using these words so you can use each one appropriately.
  4. Mind Maps will help you expand your vocabulary by combining nouns and verbs, adverbs or adjectives that often occur in the same topic. What actions do people perform with money? “Spend” (spend), “earn” (earn), “lend” (borrow), “borrow” (borrow), and more.
  5. Mind maps are used to improve grammar. Mind Maps is a way to repeat phrasal verbs that are a headache for English learners. But the combinations should be grouped not by the verb, but by the preposition. Yes, yes, because it is the preposition that affects the meaning to a greater extent. So, the category “up” with the meaning “entirely, completely” will include “dress up” (get dressed), “eat up” (finish) and “burn up” (burn to the ground).

We wish you successful use of mental maps for learning foreign languages.

 

Anna

Anna Menshikova
English teacher at Global Ambassador

Top 10 Best Universities in Canada

12.02.20

Top 10 Best Universities in Canada

Top 10 Best Universities in Canada

Every year there is a growing number of students planning to enter universities outside their country in search of a quality education. Canada remains one of the most attractive countries for international students. This is due to the loyalty of the migration policy, which allows many foreigners to stay to work and live in the country after graduation. World university rankings help you choose the right university. Such rankings focus on academic research and the reputation of schools in general, rather than on the undergraduate or graduate programs they offer.

Today we invite you to get acquainted with the rating of the American media company US News & World Report. She has assessed universities in terms of their research performance and academic community rankings in North America and around the world.

No. 1. University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)

The University of Toronto is Canada's leading research and innovation institution. Researchers at this particular university are credited with the discovery of insulin, pioneering stem cell research, and the invention of the electron microscope. The majority of foreign students here are from China, India and the USA, however, the total geography of students includes more than 160 countries of the world. The University of Toronto offers approximately 700 undergraduate programs and over 200 master's and doctoral programs. In addition to medicine, business, engineering, education and the humanities are available at the university. In the list of 1000 student organizations and extracurricular activities, football and hockey occupy the first places.

University website: www.utoronto.ca

No. 2. University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)

The public research university is located in the Canadian province of British Columbia and has two campuses - in Vancouver and Okanagan. The percentage of international students on these campuses is 23 and 13 percent, respectively. Foreign students who experience difficulties with English can take advantage of the special Vantage One program. Within 11 months, students improve their English skills at Vantage College, and then move on to the second year of their educational program at the University of British Columbia. Among the university's research centers are the Canadian National Laboratory of Subatomic Physics TRIUMF, the Institute for Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention of Chronic Diseases.

University website: www.you.ubc.ca

No. 3. McGill University (Montreal, Quebec)

McGill University is the most prestigious public university in Canada, which annually opens its doors to students from more than 150 countries. McGill offers a variety of areas in the fields of agricultural and environmental sciences, dentistry, education, engineering, law, management, medicine and other sciences. According to the results of the ranking, McLean McGill has been the best medical university for 13 years in a row. Among the scientific achievements of the university is the creation of the first artificial blood cell. The university is located in the city of Montreal, which became the best student city according to the QS rating in 2017.

University website: www.mcgill.ca

No. 4. McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)

McMaster University is a public research university in Hamilton on the US border. The geography of international students at this university is not as rich as at the University of Toronto, with only 75 countries. McMaster offers students six major academic streams. Among them are engineering, medicine, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and DeGroote Business School. McMaster University has its own nuclear reactor for scientific research, and a fifth of Albert Einstein's brain is stored in one of the university's neuroscience laboratories.

University website: www.mcmaster.ca

No. 5. University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)

Albertina University is a public research university with 5 campuses. Four campuses are located in the city of Edmonton and offer students programs in the field of medicine, business and engineering. In one of them, on the Saint-Jean campus, the main language of instruction is French. The fifth campus is located in the rural town of Camrose and focuses on the liberal arts and arts. The university has signed more than 400 research and educational exchange agreements with schools and organizations around the world. Among them are the University of Munich in Germany and the University of Western Australia.

University website: www.ualberta.ca

No. 6. Université de Montréal (Montreal, Quebec)

Montreal State University has over a dozen academic divisions. The leading areas are the social, humanities and medical sciences, as well as the arts and natural sciences. The main language of instruction at the university is French, but English-speaking students may be accepted into some postgraduate programs in biochemistry, pharmacology or neurology. University of Montreal researchers organize international projects with institutions in France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA.

University website: www.umontreal.ca

No. 7. University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta)

Approximately 3000 students from 125 countries around the world study at Calgary State Research University. The university not only accepts foreign students, but also sends them to other countries under student exchange programs. The university has signed cooperation agreements with educational institutions in 140 countries of the world. In 2007, the university opened a satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, and in 2013-2014, the university generated $325 million in sponsored research income from 77 research departments. Among universities under 50, the University of Calgary currently ranks first in Canada.

University website: www.ucalgary.ca

No. 8. University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario)

The Ottawa State Research University is the largest bilingual university in the world. The languages ​​of instruction here are English and French. The University of Ottawa offers more than 450 arts, education, engineering, medicine, science, civics, and management programs at Telfer School. The university offers both graduate and postgraduate programs. The law school at the university is the largest in the country, and the university's graduate employment rate is as high as 97 percent.

University website: www.uottawa.ca

No. 9. University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario)

Waterloo State University is close to the Great Lakes and the US border. Three affiliated campuses are located in the province of Ontario in the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Stratford. The main academic divisions of the university include applied medical sciences, arts, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. The university offers cooperative education programs (Co-op education), which includes theoretical classes and practical hours to develop skills. The university also offers double degree programs with universities in other countries, such as China's Tsinghua University, Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University or the UK's University of Warwick.

University website: www.uwaterloo.ca

No. 10. University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia)

The public research university is located almost in the center of the city of Victoria next to the Pacific Ocean. The location of the university is reflected in its research activities. Victoria University's leading areas of research are the ocean, climate change, the development of a healthy society and applied knowledge of the human environment. Over the past 10 years, income from international research grants at the university has tripled, thanks also to research observatories that help to learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants. In addition to science, the university has well-developed areas of political science and the arts.

University website: www.uvic.ca

 

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