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UMbrella Newsletter # 52

Just to paraphrase an introduction from a restaurant Menu, we will provide you with a unique and extraordinary experience offering both simple and sophisticated ideas in an elegant setting.  All of us at ELO share a passion for the bright best practices that we collect and present to you in a friendly atmosphere. 
As you know the ELO  Chef Thomas Santos who has always been at the forefront of the local and international  movements and was able to reach hundreds of people on a monthly basis and continue to educate the public on the benefits of the use of authentic materials, IT and drama, is leaving soon.  And here is the Chefs compliment:
Dear Russian ELT Community,
I am coming to the end of my tour of duty here in Russia.   Shortly, I will be departing for home and then on to my new assignment in Korea in the autumn.  Even though I am sorry to leave Russia, many wonderful memories are traveling with me.   The best memory will be working with so many dedicated English language professionals all over Russia.  We have had the chance to share our experience and our experiences.  It has been a very rich time.
One aspect of my stay in Russia that still astounds me is the variety of places I have visited.  As I tell everyone, I have been from Kaliningrad to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.  Thats amazing for a boy from Rhode Island.  The beauty of Russia will remain with me forever.  The forests of Siberia, the wooden cottages of Samara, the big sky of Archangelsk, the elegance of St. Petersburg are all etched into my mind.  When I think about this, I realize how fortunate I am.
The other extraordinary part of my time in Russia is the people.  The warmth and hospitality that I have received have been overwhelming.  The enthusiastic teachers dedicated to giving their students the best possible learning are inspiring.  Many of the teachers I have met only once.  Some I have worked with many times and have become colleagues.  Still, all have made a lasting impression on me.
When I first arrived someone quoted a poem for me, You cannot understand Russia with your mind.  In Russia you must simply believe.  Now, I understand.  Thank you for giving me a unique and enriching experience that will stay with me for all my life.  Thank you for all you have taught me.  I will never forget Russia.
Thomas W. Santos, English Language Officer U.S. Embassy, Moscow


                                                 Just for Starters

Visit ELT Russia at: http://elt-russia.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Every year a group of Russian  teachers travels to the United States as part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP).  This year the group arrived in DC in time for cherry blossoms and St. Patrick's Day- they were lucky to get the taste of American  life at its best.  Read all about their travels on ELT Russia Ning on their Group page.  They not only discovered America, but became experts in the use of social media in class. Their delectable posts, photos and video could help you  introduce innovative use of social media into your teaching.
                                                 Food to Share
Here is a slideshow that will give you the flavor of the XVIIIth  NATE Conference Rivers of Language, Rivers of Learning  in Yaroslavl  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w7cZ4e1pag  The Organizers have brought together a brilliant tasting menu of local and foreign greatest ideas.  It was a delightful combination of technically savvy, sophisticated workshops with an assortment of brilliant spicy discussions.
http://elt-russia.ning.com/profiles/blogs/between-the-lines-russia-2012 Have you always thought that BTL stands for Bread, Tomato and Lettuce? We would like to offer you a new interpretation: BTL- Between the Lines! Ten Russian teenagers became winners in a challenging creative writing contest and now they are in Iowa- the only city where every third person you come across in the street is a writer! Follow their progress and give them your support please.

                                            FIRST COURSE
                                  Fresh (social media) temptations
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/gel_gotta_share.html  Even if you usually skip the first dishes (and social media topics) please try this one! The cooks are famous for creating scenes of chaos and joy in public places. The enthusiasm with which students use social media is very catching. If you find it to your taste, check www.eltrussia.ru  and join http://www.elt-russia.ning.com  then become members of
MELTA Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/groups/422973184395154/453210634704742/  and
SPELTA Facebook
  as well as Rostov-on Don EFL Teachers Association NING  http://donelta.ning.com/forum/topics/sharing-practices-in-elt-helping-learners-on-their-personal?xg_source=activity

                                            MAIN COURSE
                                                    Favorites HTTP://WWW.BLENDEDMEC.COM/GENERAL-POSTS/THE-FLIPPED-CLASSROOM-WHATS-IT-ALL-ABOUT-AND-HOW-CAN-YOU-FLIP-YOURS We would like to intrigue you by the idea of a Flipped Classroom. Are you ready to convert your old-fashioned gastrophilism? Embedded video tutorials might change your whole concept of a lesson plan. Moreover, Flip this Lesson button is available with Ted-Ed and this appliance will help you turn each of your lessons into a flipped lesson.

                                         GOURMET MENU
                                                Chefs Choice
https://sites.google.com/site/naterussia/welcome A famous American Specialist Sean Conley visited Russia with plenary presentations and master classes in May. Here is his quote: As technology continues to change faster than we can keep pace with, it is useful to remind ourselves that in addition to the many new tools that technology provides, we also have some basic resources that don't change.  Balancing the use of these new tools with continued attention to innate resources is one of the key challenges for teachers today.  As we adopt new tools it is wise to remain mindful of the ways our tools may be shaping us. Each of those many new tools requires special attention: Cloud-based tools: Google Docs, Prezi, Quandary, Webquest and  Open-Space tools: Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Moodle.

                                              Local Favorites
The unique flavor of our hand-selected, fresh from the field ideas will not leave you indifferent. Some are basic http://e-jump.ru/?page_id=2 (online school Jump!) country style long forgotten but still attractive pieces. Some have just arrived from our great friend, an IT Chef Kim Williams http://engaging-students.org/blog/ and http://www.coursesitesblog.com/ You are welcome to explore these cool, new topics (things like self branding and web 2.0). Hopefully in the end of summer you could boast of your own visual resumes.

                                              Childrens menu                                   

                                               Classic Favorites
http://www.teachchildrenesl.com/   Are your kids picky eaters? Never fear! Toddlers, teens, and adults alike will enjoy these healthy kid-friendly recipes. Hint: get your kids to help you in the kitchen and they will be more likely to want to try what you prepare together. FREE resources for the busy teacher!

                                                 Gift Certificates

may be ordered online and/or picked up from Natasha Fomenko fomenkonv@state.gov Leaders of ELT Communities, please submit your requests to Natasha - we have just received new DVD-ROMs Access to Success: Sharing Best Practices and American and Russian Best Practices in Standardized Testing in English

Happy Eating!


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