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Some Facts about Dagestan

Some Facts About Dagestan ( 2)

Some Facts about Dagestan (3)

Some Facts about Dagestan (4)

For Teacher to Know

Future of Caucasus - Language Olympiad

English for Kids

Learn the Christmas Songs!

Olympiad "Future of the Caucasus-2012

American English - video

 Myths and Legends of Dagestan

Myths and Legends, Part II

English in a Minute

Tha Making of the American Nation

Our ID

My Personal Page

Who we are...

How We Use New Technologies

A Trip to Elista,  Kalmykia.

 We Celebrate American Holidays

"Home is Where Your Heart Is II

"Home Is where Your Heart Is".

"Home is Where Your Heart Is" III

Home is Where your Heart is -2011

Access in Action 2011-12

Russian Food in American School

New Friends in the Netherlands. 



Stories Told by My Students 


Videos - 2

Lessons in Kindness

Lessons in Kindness II

 American Musicians in Russia

Video conferenmce Samara -Khasavyurt


 Additional Reading

Great American Writers

Great English Writers

Great American and English Actors

Other English-Speaking Countries

Great American Singers - Page 1

Great American Singers - Page 2

History of England and America




Alumni, state.gove about me

How We Spend our Free Time

Let's Dance and Sing

Dagestan is my Home -2010

Exploring America

TEA - 2004

Exploring the United Kingdom

Seminar in the Cold War Period

You Should Know This

Main Symbols of the Countries

Brief History of Russia

ACCESS - 2009

Our Working Days

New Students

Access Students in Orlyonok

Access Students in Orlyonok II

How We Explored Hawaii

Summer Institute, 2009

Get Acquainted with "Celebrate!"

Traditional Songs. HPU (1)

Traditional Songs. HPU (2) 

Traditional Songs. HPU (3)

Hawaii National Dances

Brush Up Your Grammar

Group Indefinite 

Group Continuous

Group Perfect

Group Perfect Continuous


  Other Grammar Phenomena


American Slang

Informal English I

Informal English II

VOA special programs

Words and Their Stories

ACCESS -2011-13

New Students

Getting to know your Kindle

Exploring American Countryside, Summer 2011.

History of State Maine

Visiting Searsmont, Maine

Exploring Maine

Washington DC

 Visiting the Capitol

New York

Access 2013-15

New Students 

English Access Microscholarship Program The U.S. State Department's English Access Microscholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to non-elite, 14 - 18 year old students worldwide through afterschool classes and intensive summer learning activities. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and gain the ability to compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs. Access school in the city of Khasavyurt in the Republic of Dagestan was open for the students from city schools from the families with low income or having many children. It is situated in the building of Gymnasium # 1 and has regular classes two times a week. We try to combine studies and leisure. 

Seven years have passed and what are our achievements? We were a good team with the first group. We have got many new friends  in the U.S.A., Access Pakistan, Ballad Ul Ilm School in Lahore, Mexico, India, South Korea, Nepal, Croatia, Malasya, etc. with whom we have regulard video-conferences,  With the students from Elista, Kalmikya, we met and became friends in the summer of 2008 during our participation in the seminar organized by the English Language Office of the Embassy of the U.S.A. to the Russian Federation. It was devoted to a very important topic TOLERANCE. And the highlight of the program was a workshop given by the American writer Myrtis Mixon who taught the students to write stories on tolerance.

Many of our school leavers study English professionally. The first group was very capable. They participated in the program "Lessons in Kindness ". Nine of their stories about tolerance were published in the book. The second group was very active in on line activities. They held many video conferences with Belfast High Areal School, with the students from India, Pakistan, Malaysia. With them we had a good time in  children's camp"Orlyonok".  All the participants of the third group of leavers enterd the Higher Institutions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Pyatigorsk and Makhachkala. 

                           ACCESS GROUP 2013- 15 

                  Students with me, Idikova Daisis and Alishbiev Whoseyn

I Feel Proud of this


The idea of a Harvest Feast goes back to ancient times.  The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts.  After the American Revolution President George Washington proclaimed November 26, 1789, Thanksgiving Day to honor the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and later in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln named the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.  It did not become an official national holiday until 1941 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt when Congress passed a special resolution declaring that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. 

Today Thanksgiving has become a special family holiday when people come home to participate in the traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner.  It is a day for giving thanks for all our blessings and an excellent opportunity to share our bounty with others.  Food donations are often stored up at this time for the needy and volunteers prepare holiday dinners for the homeless and less fortunate among us.  Buy a few extra cans of food to donate to your local food bank when you do your grocery shopping this year. Another way to share the spirit of the holiday is to invite a member of the Armed Forces who may be unable to go home and spend time with his or her family.  Or if there is not a military base near your community you might think about paying a visit to a nursing home where there may be a few elderly patients without family nearby and share some of your time visiting these lonely folks.  Holidays can be especially difficult for those without family members nearby.

Thanksgiving is also a time to remember the debt we owe native American Indians because without their unique knowledge of the environment and willingness to help those early European settlers things may have turned out many different.  Teach children to respect the Indian traditions and discover what were some of the native American foodstuffs available to those early settlers.  Include some of them in your own Thanksgiving dinner many of the traditional dishes we think of already represent some of them such as cranberries.  Find out which others can be attributed to the Indians.


Thanksgiving Day   (some more facts)
Celebrating a Harvest of Tradition

The fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day, ushers in the "official" start of the Christmas season in our modern day world. Marked with parades, huge family meals featuring turkey, gravy, and all the trimmings, day-long displays of athletic prowessor not, as sometimes happenswith wall-to-wall football, which does make one question whether the turkey or the pigskin is the featured course of the day, and the appearance of Santa throughout malls and stores, the festival has become a commercial event in which the origins and meaning of the day are almost totally obscured. The modern day Thanksgiving is a far different occasion than the original

Thanksgiving's Beginnings

It is widely assumed that the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 and was celebrated by the Pilgrims, English settlers, and local Native Americans. It will come as a surprise to many that

1) the meal in 1621 was not the first Thanksgiving in North America and, in fact, not even a thanksgiving feast, 2) turkey was probably not served and 3) there were no Pilgrims!

The Native American people had celebrated the harvest, in one form or another, for several thousands of years prior to European colonization. The first documented "thanksgiving" observance actually occurred in 1578. An English adventurer, Martin Frobisher, held a formal ceremony in what is now known as New Foundland to give thanks for having survived the long ocean journey. In addition to the settlement in Canada, the Spanish, French, and the Dutch all had settlements in North America and would have carried the old observances marking successful harvests to their new homes as well. It is not surprising that the early arrivals to the Plymouth Colony would also have had their rituals. In point of fact, the new arrivals did not know how to farm and it was the Native Americans who, as established farmers, taught the ways of planting and harvest

The First Thanksgiving Day

If the event in 1621 wasn't a Thanksgiving celebration then the question arises: What was it?
A large celebration was held to which important members of the Native American community were invited, and which was, in all likelihood, a secular celebration of the harvestcertainly not a "day of thanksgiving," as would have been understood by these colonists. In their faith, a day of thanksgiving would have marked the end of a period of fasting and prayer.
The huge celebration, which has been described in historical records, certainly did not fit this mold. That this clearly was a singular event is apparent in that there is no record that it ever was repeated.

The first real Calvinist Thanksgiving followed the ending of a drought in the summer of 1623. In the manner of their faith, these settlers spent the time in religious ceremony to give thanks rather than at a fully laden feast. Nevertheless, this celebration has become the model for our modern day holiday.

Thanksgiving Today

Thanksgiving, as we know it today, has come a long way from the Pilgrim's harvest festival in 1621. It is an event that seems, as each year goes by, to reinvent itself and to expand its meaning to larger vistas. Maybe this is the real significance of the occasion; for as we continue to change and grow as a people, there are an increasing number of things for which we can be thankful.


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