Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Videconferencing with Purdue University

Information Letter

Yakut TESOL and Yakutsk State University is organizing the videoconferencing on the issues of Distance Education to discuss administrative, financial, organizational, educational, instructional, and technical problems in the field. Before the synchronous communication, we will have asynchronous discussions where we will try different role plays. Asynchronous discussions is taking place at To register the class, go to the student cell and insert the class key: 666P8RW63Please, create your real name as your username. Thank you. We can start online discussions since December 10, 2008 The videoconferencing through Polycom 700 connection will take place on December 19, 2008 at KFEN room 228 (48 Kulakovsky street) (8:00AM in Yakutsk) between the Faculty of Educational Technology Program at Purdue University (Indiana, USA) and the Department of Foreign Languages in Technical and Natural Sciences of Yakutsk University (Republic of Sakha, Russia). If you are interested to participate in the videoconferencing, please, send email to Larissa Olesova (Past President of Yakut TESOL) at or you can find update information at Yakut TESOL's blog at Contact information in Yakutsk (4112) 36-61-82 Natalya Nickolayevna Alexeeva, Yakut TESOL PresidentP.S.: The dates and time may be negotiated. Larissa OlesovaYakut TESOL Past PresidentEmail

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TexTESOL State Conference, Dallas, TX 2008

Larissa Olesova, Past President of Yakut TESOL attended the TexTESOL State Conference in Richardson Dallas in Texas to continue negotiations to develop sister-relationships with TexTESOLV. Photo (left to right): Larissa Olesova, Ivan Olesov, Martin Guerra, TexTESOLV President Elect, Caroline DeCoux, TexTESOL Immediate Past President, and Donald Weasenforth TexTESOLV Past President.

TESOL Essential Teacher

Essential Teacher is a magazine for language teachers and administrators in varied ESL and EFL workplaces, including pre-K-12, 2- and 4-year institutions of higher learning, and adult education. Each of these arenas has teachers with varied experience and expertise, making for a broad and diverse readership. Essential Teacher also offers guidance to mainstream teachers who work with students for whom English is an additional language.
Compleat Links is an online complement to Essential Teacher. This section offers original articles, interviews, and other content thematically linked to Essential Teacher.

TESOL Resource Center

Welcome to the TESOL Resource Center (TRC), an online platform for TESOL members to find and share a variety of resources with peers in the profession. Members, please log in. Or Join TESOL to search for, request, submit or review a resource. View this PowerPoint overview of the TRC (910 KB PPT).
Goals:1. Support expanded online peer-to-peer learning2. Provide a clear, simple submission and review process for sharing resources
New resources are being added to the TRC on an on-going basis. TESOL encourages you to contribute to the TRC by sharing a resource with your peers and/or by applying to become a reviewer.
The TRC is optimized for Internet Explorer 6. Users of other browsers or versions risk errors: please be sure to fill out all required fields. If you encounter technical problems with the online submission you may also email your resources along with completed templates to the TRC at

TESOL Education

The Education area of TESOL's Web site encompasses educational programming, such as online courses and virtual seminars, on-site academies or symposia, and other TESOL professional development resources for members and nonmembers involved in the teaching of English as a second, foreign, or other language.

TESOL Quarterly

TESOL Quarterly, a refereed professional journal, fosters inquiry into English language teaching and learning by providing a forum for TESOL professionals to share their research findings and explore ideas and relationships in the field. The Quarterly's readership includes ESOL teacher educators, teacher learners, researchers, applied linguists, and ESOL teachers.

TESOL Convention in Denver 2009

TESOL Convention Denver 2009 Welcome to the 43rd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibits. This three day convention will start on Thursday March 26, 2009 and run through Saturday March 28, 2009 and will be held in scenic Denver, Colorado. Join us to immerse yourself in the theme of Uncharted Mountains, Forging New Pathways. Meet us in the great west for all that the annual convention and Denver have to offer.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to EFL Fellow in your region

Welcome to EFL Fellow in your region
Dear Colleagues,
I would like to inform you that an new EFL Fellow Allyson Kellum has started her term of service in the Far East! Please find below Allyson’s bio . Allyson has started to make her travel plans for the whole academic year. Allyson's counterpart is Galina Lovtsevich, FEELTA President, ( please cc me and Galina on your requests for a visit.
Please find attached a new ELF Visit Request Guidelines Form for a Fellow visit, fill it in and e-mail it to me, Allyson and Allyson's counterpart as soon as possible. Your prompt response will help Allyson meet your needs effectively and timely. Then, we will avoid a situation when all your requests are for middle of November, beginning of January, middle of March and June. <>
Allyson’s bio
Allyson Kellum is from Montana and earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Russian from the University of Montana and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of New England. She taught in a language school in Tokyo, Japan and in a public elementary school in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Kellum has been in the English Language Fellow Program for two years, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and in Managua, Nicaragua. Ms. Kellum's professional interests include materials development, pronunciation, critical thinking skills, and culture. Personal interests include studying mythology, exploring different experiences and views of life, and doing all kinds of puzzles.
Thank you,
Elena N.Lubnina
ELO Specialist
PA. American Embassy in Moscow
Tel:(495) 728-50-78, ext 4562

Thursday, October 16, 2008

TESOL Virtual Seminar (January 2009)

Teresa Almeida d'Eca sent the link to the new site (in progress) for the TESOL Virtual Seminar coming in January 2009. You may take a look now to nominate yourself or your friends to participate in this course.

A new ET Site in Russia

New Online Course Nomination from Yakut TESOL

Yakut TESOL nominated Alexandra Popova (Yakutsk Pedagogical College #1) to participate in this online course. If you have any other names to nominate for next online courses, please, share their names by submitting your comments.

Larissa Olesova

Below is a message from David Fay, Officer of English Language Office in Moscow

Dear Teachers’ Associations,
Beginning October 27, the English Language Office will be sponsoring 14 Teacher Association representatives to take part in a new 3-week Michael Krauss course, “Exploring Web 2.0”. The goal of this course is to familiarize the participants with the new interactive Web 2.0 resources, such as blogs, wikis and social sites (Facebook, Flickr, etc.) so that they can build a new site or enhance an existing site for the association. Ultimately, we want teacher associations to have sites where members play key roles in adding and sharing information with other members and with other associations. (See course overview below for more details.)
Participants do not have to be graduates of Michael Krauss’ earlier course, “Integrating the Internet into the Classroom.” However, they should be familiar with the basics of the web (browsers and search engines). They should also:
· Have consistent access to a computer with a good Internet connection.
· Have consistent access to a computer running Windows XP, Windows Vista, MacOS v10.3 or above, or a recent version of Linux.
· Have the capability of recording voice either via an internal microphone (most laptops have this) or by way of an external microphone.
· Have a set of headphones. (Instructor will provide suggestions for purchase of microphones and/or headsets for those who need them.)
· Be able to dedicate one to two hours per weekday to cover tasks
· Commit to helping the teachers’ association build a website
If you are interested in having a member of your association participate in the course, please nominate the member by providing:
1. Name, Institution, Title
2. Contact information (mailing address, email, phone)
3. Brief explanation of why you think this person is right for the course (maximum 50 words)
4. Brief description of what the TA representative will do after completing the course (maximum 100 words)
The deadline for applying is Friday, October 17. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to write to me at Natalia Fomenko will be coordinating this class from Moscow. You can also write to her at
We will choose the participants for the course on a competitive basis by Tuesday, October 21.
Many of you are familiar with the high quality of Michael Krauss’ work. This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth, both for the participant and for the association.
We look forward to hearing from you.
David Fay
English Language Officer
U.S. Embassy Moscow
Bolshoi Devyantinsky Pereulok #8
121099 Moscow, Russian Federation
Tel: 7 (495) 728 5000 (ext. 5861)
Fax: 7 (495) 728 5262
Course Overview:
In recent years, there has been a major paradigm shift in the design and implementation of Web-based resources. This shift is complex and multi-dimensional. In an attempt to explain the evolution that is occurring, the terms Web 1.0 and 2.0 have been coined and, for better or worse, have become a fixture, both in the media and the academic literature. In a nutshell, Web 1.0 is characterized by a focus on the one-way dissemination of information. Web 2.0, on the other hand, is all about the creation and sharing of content, with collaboration being the centerpiece, and user input being the engine that drives the evolution and improvement of what is often referred to as "social software." Students make extensive use of social software outside the classroom (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, etc.) and will be motivated to use similar tools in educational contexts.
The first stage of this online course will be to introduce participants to a range of Web 2.0 tools and to evaluate their potential for educational use. However, what distinguishes this course from many is that teachers will be "getting their hands dirty," using the Web 2.0 tools in a collaborative, supportive, online environment as they complete the course requirements. Participants will create blogs, wikis, and podcasts to share their insights; they will use social bookmarking ,coupled with tagging, and real simple syndication tools to engage in group research; they will explore creative new forms of copyright; they will build collaborative Web-based activities and Web sites, which will serve as models to use with their students in the classroom or with fellow teachers for professional development.

Yakut TESOL Board of Directors 2009

Past President: Larissa Olesova
President: Natalya Alexeeva
Vice-President: Vera Semenova

Friday, March 28, 2008

Yakut TESOL Board of Directors 2008

Yakut TESOL Board of Directors 2007

President Larissa Olesova (
Vice President Natalya Alexeeva (
Secretary & Treasury Zarmena Emelyanova (
Membership Administration Vera Moiseyeva
Newsletter editor & Resource center Director Elena Zakharova (
Higher Education Institutions Administration Galina Parnikova, Praskoviya Nelunova
Secondary Schools Administration Vera Semenova, Lidia Skryabina
Colleges and Technical Schools Administration Alexandra Popova