1. ELT NING Announcement
The English Language Office and English Language Fellow Program are making some changes to the ELT Ning, http://elt-russia.ning.com/. Senior English Language Fellows will begin managing the Ning on a rotating basis beginning in March, adding new discussions and content.
The following schedule will apply:
March: Toni Hull, Senior English Language Fellow, Moscow
April: John Mark King, Senior English Fellow, St. Petersburg
May: Robyn Shifrin, Senior English Language Fellow, Vladivostok
June: Natasha Frank, Senior English Language Fellow, Kazan We are very much interested in knowing what you would like to see on the Ning. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for content on the site.Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com If you have not yet registered at ELT Ning and would like to, please send an email to John Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll receive an invitation.
2. TESOL Convention’2011 Through the Eyes of the Russian Participants
A group of six IV grantees from Russia - Marina Ivleva(Novosibirsk), Irina Schukina (Tula), Ekaterina Mashurova (Smolensk), Nataliya Zaichikova (Blagoveschensk), Olga Kuzyayeva (Izhevsk) and Liana Vartanova (Stavropol) are leaving for the USA on March 5th. In addition to the intense program they will be participating in a project launched by EFL Senior Fellow Toni Hull. During the trip they will be sharing their impressions through a blog, at TESOL they will try to introduce you to this breathtaking event. Interacting with your colleagues will certainly enrich your convention experience, they will give you a glimpse into the proceedings. We hope you'll take the time over the next few weeks, as well as during and after the convention, to read and respond to their posts.
Please follow their progress through ELT Russia NING at http://elt-russia.ning.com/. Toni Hull will be a NING facilitator, so lots of new stuff is on the way, including video reports from TESOL on March 17-19. If you are not registered there yet, please do so!
3. A Russian EFL Teacher Writes for FORUM
Finally! A Russian teacher has contributed to Forum and - a success! In the last issue of FORUM (Issue # 1, 2011) you can find an article by Tatiana Lyutaya, an EFL teacher at the Nizhnevartovsk State University of Humanities. The title is “Reading Logs: Integrating Extensive Reading with Writing Tasks. Bravo, Tatiana!
You could read it soon at http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/forum-journal.html
Please, follow Tatiana and submit your stories to FORUM!
4. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading
More and more teachers in Russia use TED to bring the atmosphere of a real Conference in class, to discuss new ideas and to help students develop autonomous learning skills. These videos are incredibly thought provoking. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
On TED.com you can access the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. Astonishing stories – unusual approaches from various worlds : Technology, Entertainment, Design and more http://www.ted.com/pages/about Here are just a few links to start with:
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html (shared by Toni Hull)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU&feature=related (shared by Toni Hull)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=more_related (shared by Michael Krauss)
5. Easy Movie Making in Class
Our colleagues from Yekaterinburg have shared some interesting links to create videos, websites, etc.
This can be a great project either for school children or students. If you live in the Urals, you could invite Kimberley Williams, the Public Affairs Officer for that region, to come over to your University with presentations. Please contact Yuliya Grigoriyeva at grigoryevaYY@state.gov
6. Young teachers? Go for FLTA!
Young teachers of English can participate in the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship program, http://moscow.usembassy.gov/fulbright.html#2. Competition will be announced in February-March.
7. American Shelves Project – More Slots are Available
The American Shelves Project is open for more participants – we have 10 more sets of books. Please check the website www.americanshelves.ru and if your University is interested in taking part in it, please e-mail Nataliya Fomenko at email@example.com
8. Save Our Schools!
Educators both in Russia and the U.S. link education to country's economic recovery. In both countries heated debates about what needs to be done to save schools and to rejuvenate the system are on. Both countries are not happy that the students are not keeping pace with their international counterparts. The approaches are different and here are links to a 5-part American story that covers American education history from "No Child Left Behind" to "Race to the Top":
9. Kudos to Professor Mariya Verbitskaya!
Prof. Mariya Verbitskaya was the only representative of Russia among 18 outstanding people who were invited to the U.S. on a "Gold IV Tour". During 2 weeks Prof. Verbitskaya made presentations, was interviewed and answered numerous questions. She was a guest of honor at the Reception Honoring the National Council of International Visitors During its 50th Anniversary Year. Here is a link http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/02/156772.htm and a link with a photo. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/2011/02/156797.htm
There is one more occasion to congratulate Mariya Valeriyevna. – please allow me on behalf of the Russian ELT community and all 50+ EFL Associations congratulate Mariya Valeriyevna on her Birthday. I am sure you will agree that Prof. Mariya Valeriyevna Verbitskaya is an enthusiastic ELT expert, a real mover and shaker, a great scholar and we all wish her many happy returns of the day in good health, happy mood and full of energy to advance ELT in Russia!