22 February 2007

I'm famous!

Well, not really, of course, but in case you needed proof that I'm in Vladivostok and not hiding out in Mongolia, living in a yurt and spending my grant trying to develop a world market for smoked yak jerky, my picture is on the DVGU website!

I'm in profile in the lower left corner.

This picture, for you non-readers of Russian, is from the Far Eastern English Language Teachers Association (FEELTA) winter conference that happened a few weeks ago. The translation of the page is as follows:

FEELTA, together with DVGU's Institute of Foreign Languages, recently held their yearly seminar, "Winter School," for teachers in the schools and universities of the Russian Far East.

The seminar was attended by 169 participants from Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, Artyom, Khabarovsk, Krasnoarmeisky and Shkotovsky regions, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Birobidzhan. At the three-day seminar, talks were given by leading English teaching methodology specialists Tatyana Ryzhkova (Krasnoyarsk), Vlada Lapshina and Oksana Pikhota (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Galina Lovtsevich and Larisa Kul'chitskaya (DVGU, Vladivostok), Svetlana Semenovykh (Birobidzhan), and Judy Elliott and Jeff Bowman (USA).

The seminar also featured two interesting round tables; one on strategies for organizing and running English language summer camps, and the other, "My Success Story," a forum for teachers to share stories of their professional successes, such as students' victories in national English language contests.

This account of the seminar is... interesting. I'll leave it at that.

In other news, I've been SO busy. But in a really good way.

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