Russia here I come

"It has been a month of buckling down and focused preparation." That's what I wish I could have written now that I am four days away from my next major international trip: a 2.5 week teacher exchange to Russia. I've re-designed my blog in honor of the Russian flag, which I'll be living under from March 6-21. But the onerous task of preparing for a goodwill trip in the middle of a school year, involving the collection of artefacts and lessons to take with me and the preparation of 2.5 weeks of lessons to leave behind, has been like juggling cushy teddy bears with revving chainsaws.

I now realize why it is so rare to find research and hear of mid-year projects from public school teachers - it is very hard to do. Still, I aim to do the best I can and to make the most of the opportunity. I'll be traveling to Korablino, outside of Ryazan, located 3 hours Southeast of Moscow. No, the weather will not be a respite from the temperate climate of Central California. But the warmth of my host teacher and school will. I'll be serving as native speaker celebrity in a handful of English classrooms in the area, visiting local officials, and enjoying cultural performances and International Womens' Day during my time there. I expect to come back with closer ties to Russian teachers and students, a renewed appreciation for Russian culture, and plenty of stories and pictures to share with my students and friends back home.

I hope to be documenting my trip on a regular basis with this blog, as well as my professional observations on my teaching blog. Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

fvf said...

Hi Jeff
I was wondering if you'd be able to help us promote Cardiff Online - our online conference coverage of this year's 2009 Cardiff IATEFL conference.

I`m copying below an update.

Thanks in advance


Online conference coverage of the 43rd IATEFL Conference

The Cardiff Online website is now live at:

The Cardiff Online website allows remote participants to take part in one of the world's biggest ELT conferences through a variety of resources including:

- Video recordings of selected sessions
- Audio recordings of selected sessions
- Live streamed plenaries and events
- Moderated special interest discussion forums
- Chat sessions
- Blogs and photo albums

We'd like to encourage ELT bloggers and Teacher Associations around the world to carry a link to Cardiff Online on their TA website or blog so we can spread the message and encourage more people to take part in Cardiff Online.

If you're interested in helping us spread the word, go to

Thanks and hope to meet you all on Cardiff Online!

Julian Wing
British Council Cardiff Online Project Manager

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