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BNCs Activities April 2019 / Actividades en los Centros Binacionales en Argentina)

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REPS CORNER 
April is flushed with cultural activities in the U.S!

Did you know that libraries and library workers in the U.S. are honored in April?National Library Week is April 7 – 13, and this year’s theme is Strong Communities. Our BNCs show various types of support for the work of libraries, ranging from dedicated flexible spaces for a host of activities to shelves for browsing and EducationUSA collections. Libraries represent core values of democracy, such as my favorite librarianship value—intellectual freedom.

Historically, the U.S. Government has been celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month overseas for years. For 2019, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has posters and ideas for teachers on jazz appreciation with UNESCO capping off the month with International Jazz Day, a live concert you can stream at your BNCs all the way from Australia.

Earth Day on April 22 is surely a day that all of our BNCs will celebrate with positive actions. As you round out the month of April, don’t forget it’s also National Poetry Month. You can recognize poetry at your BNCs with a poetry slam, memorizing a poem, and writing poetry.

MRS. PRADO VISITED AMICANA
Mrs.María Prado, USA Ambassador´s wife, visited AMICANA in March. During her stay, she received a tour of the recently remodeled institution, spoke with Access students about what the program means for them and their motivations to learn the English language, and visited the class where the leadership program on “Exploring Computer Science” is held. Before heading back to Buenos Aires, Mrs. Prado met the President of the Board of Directors and other members of AMICANA’s team.
ENGLISH TEACHING UPDATES

1. The new Teacher’s Corner Article is up on the website! This month’s topic is on MOOC camps and facilitation, written by EL Fellow/Specialist Alum Jimalee Sowell.  A discussion group is happening all month on the AE Teacher’s Corner Book Club page on Facebook. 

2. This week on the American English at State Facebook Page, we are posting nature vocabulary graphics in celebration of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22nd.  We are also posting graphics teaching useful vocabulary for the TOEFL and other standardized language assessments. Every Thursday, we post a vocabulary graphic about studying in the United States to cross-promote Education USA.  This week’s graphic is “Placement Test.3. This week on the American English for Educators Facebook Page, we are sharing Teaching Tips from FORUM, classroom management techniques, and featuring resources from americanenglish.state.gov.

ARTESOL Annual convention – May 10 & 11, 2019 in Posadas, MisionesAs every year, the Public Affairs Sections supports the ARTESOL (Argentina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Annual Convention “Navigating towards the future: Meeting the Challenges in EFL,” and encourages the BNCs’ participation.   We are happy to announce that one representative (Academic Director, Coordinator or a teacher selected by the BNCs) from each BNC can attend the ARTESOL with a free registration fee and a three day lodging in Posadas, paid by PAS.  Current English Language Fellow, David Williams and Ken Richter will participate in this year’s Convention. The venue is the Universidad Catolica de las Misiones (Avenida Jauretche 1036, Posadas)REGISTER HERE
For more information, please contact Dr. Susana Tuero, ARTESOL President (sbtuero@gmail.com) & Please let Noris Zerdá know who is attending from your Center.
ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
SALTA. The U.S. Embassy in Argentina, in collaboration with ISICANA and two local NGOs –OAJNU and JCI- sponsored an event on leadership and community engagement (“Liderazgo y Participación Ciudadana”) held on March 28 at the Forum Salta saloon. The program consisted of two different workshops attended by 40 people covering these two topics. Former English Access students from ISICANAAna Martina Braslavsky and Rosario Medina presided the Leadership workshop. This event aimed at providing the community with different project planning tools and developing leadership skills.
ARGENTINA’S BNCs: What are they up to?
USHICANA: In December 2018, a group of students from Ushicana took part in an internship program at the Secretary of Tourism. Last month they received their certificates in a ceremony presided by Walter Vuoto, Ushuaia’s major, together with Jose Luis Recchia, Secretary of Tourism and Undersecretary Rodrigo Arrieta. ClickHERE to learn more about this event.

ISICANA 

is carrying out English clubs for its students as well as non-students, an innovative way of learning English. These clubs are held by a U.S. native teacher with a Master Degree in Arts, who favors participants’ learning and fosters their communicative skills.ISI Clubs 2018 achieved great success. Participants enjoyed cooking, photography, reading and producing creative artworks in and outside the Binational Center, finalizing the year with a closing display of their work. ISI Clubs 2019 are coming back with new additions such as drama and English conversation sessions.

AMICANA Summer Science Camp:

AMICANA successfully developed its Summer Science Camp with 35 kids ranging ages from 8 to 14 years old. In 4-hour-long daily meetings held for a fortnight, students learned about STEM, hydraulics, physics, electronics, robotics and programming. They engaged in fun experiments such as building a hydraulic arm with paperboard and syringes, testing a non-Newtonian fluid and creating robots to compete in a sumo fight!

EducationUSA: On March 26th, the BNC’s EducationUSA Adviser María Iglesias carried out an outreach program at Universidad del Aconcagua. She gave a presentation on EducationUSA and opportunities for exchange programs and scholarships for 10 students and teachers at Escuela Superior de Lenguas Extranjeras, Universidad del Aconcagua. The presentation was part of a series of information sessions held at different universities in relation to student mobility programs.

ICANA

Chicas Programadoras: After a very successful summer program, ICANA is launching a new edition of Clubes de Chicas Programadoras at its Centro and Belgrano sites. ICANA expects 40 girls to join the program during the first quarter of this year to share their interest in computer science and work on innovative projects with the support of experienced mentors. This is a succesful program in its second year of implementation at the Argentine BNCs.

Seminars on horror novels in US Literature: From April through July, ICANA will offer four seminars for students and the community at large, on some well-known American writers of this genre Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King, distinguished American authors of this genre. The Seminars will be presented byPABLO MARTÍNEZ BURKETT.
ATICANA:
On March 29, ATICANA’s English Language Fellow David Williams offered a workshop to over 80 teachers from the BNC under the title “Give Your Students Fishing Poles: Widening the Information Gap for Language Learners”. Attendees engaged in dialog to widen the information gap on helping students use more cognitive skills for language acquisition. As the event came to an end, several teachers said that they would implement these skills and concepts in their classes and praised David’s practical ideas.
ARICANA

Women’s Day Special: ARICANA invited the local community to their Women’s Day Special. This event, held on March 8th at their headquarters, featured María Cecilia Ribecco (WED Ambassador, Founder of “Emprendedoras CRIAR” and Member of the Executive Board at “Asociación de Emprendedores de Argentina” or ASEA for short) who gave a talk to empower female attendees. She provided the audience with tools, best practices, and helpful mindsets to start and sustain their ventures. Afterwards, Marcela Leguizamón (Founder of Albani Fashion Fabrics) shared her inspiring life story. Later, Silvina Arce (Founder of “Coreografía para Mujeres”) performed and encouraged people to dance to classics.Simultaneously, ARICANA offered a showroom featuring multiple local entrepreneurs who displayed their products to the public. Brands that attended are: Albani Fashion Fabrics, Analia Pryga Haute Couture, Lulu Bertò, Mabas Rosario, and TarayTela. Lastly, local singer Aylu Petit entertained the audience with live music.

SOL: Stand Out as a Leader Program (first cohort): ARICANA, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Argentina’s BNCs Leadership Program, presents “Stand Out as a Leader program”, a 3-day-long camp that invites fifteen local youth ages 20-30 to learn how to become a leader and change agent in their local community.The program will feature talks and workshops supervised by ARICANA and organized by professionals in the fields of leadership and social change: Luz Amuchastegui (Director at “El Desafio” Foundation), María Cecilia Ribecco (from “Club de Emprendedores Rosario”), and Juan Ignacio Mandolesi (CEO at Mapplics Mobile Solutions). ARICANA’s staff will also participate and offer talks to attendees.

Participants will be asked to develop a Strategic Planning idea/project to help their community or launch a venture that will enrich the local entrepreneurship scene. Click HERE to learn more about SOL.

Vital Voices’ Mentoring Walk: Executive Director Gabriela Venesia took part in Vital Voices Argentina’s Mentoring Walk in Rosario. These walks are characterized by having various female mentors who are assigned other women to coach and inspire through sharing their professional and personal challenges. Gabriela was nominated to be one of the mentors. This walk is done yearly in Rosario to commemorate Women’s Day.  Click HERE to learn more about this international initiative.

ISFICANA:

Access students Cenizo Ivana, Ferreyra Sabrina and Virginia Ortizwere selected to be part of Ansenuza’s Future Leaders Program. They spent four days participating in the program in which, together with other teens, they learned and immersed themselves in areas such as leadership and various topics linked to women’s empowerment. Marina Castellino and DChem David Hacklemen were the student’s mentors.In addition, Access students Florence Bossio and Lucia Martino attended as coordinators of the event held in Miramar, Córdoba. In order to take advantage of what the learned and found fruitful, each one of them will devise a project aimed at benefiting and impacting society positively .

You can contact us at ASArgentina@state.gov 
Send us your highlights in English related to the 5 Core programs. Include a good quality photo and / or a link to resources. Submissions for next month are due on April 26th. 
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Feria del Libro 2019

ATICANA organiza una Feria del Libro junto con librería SBS, en los siguientes días y horarios:

Jueves 14 de marzo: 10 a 12 / 16 a 21

Sábado 16 de marzo: 10 a 12:30 hs.

LOS ESPERAMOS!!!

 

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MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

REPS CORNER
Welcome to the Women’s History Month edition of the BNC Newsletter! It’s my pleasure to highlight the growing body of information resources that BNCs can use for classroom instruction, informal learning activities and digital outreach through the Office of American Spaces website. There are films, posters, and other programming material,  such as Women’s History Month content, for incorporating with your curriculum and cultural activities. Since February, you have been receiving content specific to international celebrations and policy priorities by email from us to help augment English language learning and share American culture. We ask you to provide feedback on the usefulness of this material.

On my continuing orientation to Argentina, Lucy Di Génova joined me on a site visit to Rosario’s ARICANA in February where we did deep dive sessions with the staff. Each respective department has their own strategic planning documents that are aligned with the institution’s overarching strategy, a best practice worth sharing with all of you as well as for enhancing the work we do at the Embassy.

ELFs

English Language Fellow, David Williams, arrives to ATICANA BNC

We are very excited to have English Language Fellow David Williams staying with us for 10 months in ATICANA BNC! And we feel very proud to have an EFL in ATICANA, for the first time! It’s an incredible opportunity for our teachers to develop and our BNC to shine as an institution.

Welcome, David!!!

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David Williams

My name is David Williams, sometimes David Williams Castillo. Originally from the farmlands of Michigan, I moved to the Southwest desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico where I grew up. After completing my Bachelor’s in History and English at the University of New Mexico in 2001, I decided to move to Guadalajara, Mexico to study for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. I completed the program and fell in love with teaching English. I stayed in Mexico for 6 years until I decided in 2007 that it was time to get a Master’s degree so that I could have a deeper understanding of my career and the people I serve. I returned to Albuquerque, re-started my life in the United States and completed my program in LanguageLiteracy and Socio-cultural Studies (LLSS with concentrations in TESOL –Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages- and Bilingual Education). Since then, I have worked in the area of Adult Education, Developmental Education, TESOL, Language Acquisition and Teacher Training, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! As of 2019, I have the honor to become the English Language Fellow at ATICANA Binational Center Tucuman, Argentina. I am beyond excited about moving to Argentina, meeting new colleagues and experiencing how this new chapter will change my life. Thank you!

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Drone dropping box attached to parachute (© Zipline)

Drones like this one can fly at all hours and deliver life-saving supplies to remote areas. (© Zipline)

How drones are making history and saving lives

By ShareAmerica – Feb 5, 2019

When Claudine Ndayishime suffered complications during her cesarean section, doctors at a Rwandan hospital lacked blood to treat her and she fell into a coma. Before long a tiny robotic airplane designed by the California startup Zipline dropped a padded package of blood that doctors used to save her life.

“It was because of Zipline that I was able to regain consciousness,” Ndayishime said. “They delivered the blood in a few minutes.”

Since partnering with Rwanda in October 2016, Zipline said, it has flown more than 500 emergency deliveries. Locals have dubbed the company’s drones “sky ambulances.”

Flights like the one that supplied blood for Ndayishime’s transfusion are highlighting the value of drones for delivering medical supplies to isolated, hard-to-reach regions. In December, the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu completed a first-ever drone delivery of vaccines to a remote area.

Two people walking through forest on coastline (© UNICEF Pacific)

Two people walking through forest on coastline (© UNICEF Pacific)

A midwife and her assistant hike along the coastline of Epi Island, Vanuatu. Drones could eliminate journeys like these. (© UNICEF Pacific)
Vanuatu’s drone program uses Australian-made drones and receives support from the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. government.

Zipline has announced plans for drone flights in Tanzania and Ghana. It said those deliveries will include blood, vaccines, and anti-malarial and HIV medicines.

Other U.S. companies also are using drones and other new technologies to help expand medical treatment. Matternet, of Menlo Park, California, supplied drones to test deliveries of blood samples for HIV testing in Malawi.

And Nexleaf Analytics, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, is supporting the international organization Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, in its mission to vaccinate children in developing countries. Nexleaf designs affordable technologies to ensure vaccines are stored at cool temperatures and remain viable.

Children watching drone take off (© Bodele/UNICEF)

Children watching drone take off (© Bodele/UNICEF)

Children in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe watch a drone being tested to improve delivery of health care services in the country. (© Bodele/UNICEF)
Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which seeks to promote economic growth worldwide, recently touted Zipline’s drone deliveries of blood and medical supplies in Rwanda as emblematic of how new technologies can tackle Africa’s challenges while creating local jobs.

“Sub-Saharan Africa successfully harnesses new technologies and creates an emerging, vibrant middle class,” Lagarde told a December IMF conference in Ghana’s capital of Accra.

But for Alice Mutimutuje, a Rwandan mother who needed a transfusion when hospitalized for malaria, drones’ speedy delivery of medical supplies is most important. “I used to see the drones fly and think ‘they must be mad,’ until the same drone brought me blood and saved my life,” she said.

This article was written by freelance writer David Reynolds.

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Programa de becas English Access

La Embajada de los Estados Unidos ha tenido el privilegio de lanzar el Programa Access de micro becas para llegar a muchos estudiantes sobresalientes que no tienen acceso a una capacitación de calidad en idioma inglés. El Programa Access ayuda a los estudiantes seleccionados a asistir a cursos de inglés en diversos centros binacionales de la Argentina.

El Programa Access, implementado a nivel mundial, fue lanzado por la Oficina de Asuntos Educativos y Culturales – Programas de inglés del Departamento de Estado en el año 2004. Desde sus inicios, han participado en él 95.000 estudiantes de 85 países. Access brinda conocimientos básicos de idioma inglés a alumnos destacados de escuelas secundarias provenientes de sectores carenciados, mediante clases fuera del horario escolar y cursos intensivos durante dos años. Asimismo, Access brinda a los estudiantes la oportunidad de apreciar la cultura y los valores democráticos estadounidenses.

Esperamos que este programa ayude a los graduados a contribuir con éxito al desarrollo socio-económico de sus países en el futuro y aumente las posibilidades de participación en programas educativos y de intercambio en los Estados Unidos. Esta importante iniciativa de la diplomacia pública demuestra que Estados Unidos está comprometido con la educación y el entendimiento cultural. Es un orgullo para la Embajada poder implementar este programa en la Argentina.

Desde el año 2009, se han otorgado 1520 becas en centros binacionales de la Argentina. En 2015, 200 estudiantes nuevos iniciarán el ciclo lectivo en 10 ciudades: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Salta, Mendoza, Santa Fe, San Francisco (Córdoba), San Rafael (Mendoza), Tucumán, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba y Paraná.

Para información sobre cómo postularse al Programa, deberá contactarse con el Centro Binacional correspondiente a su ciudad: