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Excellence through Collaboration: English Language Teachers’ Associations start a new academic year!

Russia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 2 Oct 2014

On September 25-27, 2014 a nice city of Kolomna in Moscow region hosted the international conference “Excellence through Collaboration”. Representatives of English Language Teachers’ Associations from all over Russia try to meet twice a year. One meeting is known as the “Umbrella Gathering”. The Umbrella Gathering is a meeting of association leaders who come together for a two-day program of brain storming sessions to define the most important issues, projects, trends in ELT for the coming year.

More than 60 people from over 30 regions of Russia worked in small groups on such issues as Appreciating Diversity project, the future of Research and Academic Writing and Setting up Writing Centers at Universities, issues of teaching English to  Blind and Visually Impaired Students  (BVI project), different aspects of testing and assessment and IT for teaching.

The gathering was welcomed by Jerrold Frank, a new English Language Officer from the US Embassy in Moscow.

The Umbrella Gathering participants were privileged to work with Maria Verbitskaya, President of the National Russian Examination on Foreign languages at the Federal Institute of Pedagogical Measurements and a famous author of ESL textbooks and courses.

The next Umbrella Conference will be hosted by Petrozavodsk EFL Teachers’ Association in August 2014.