Friday, 20 June 2014

ACR meeting

Yesterday 5 of my pre-int and ele students and I visited a lecture on Russian and American stereotypes at the American Centre on Nikoloyamskaya street. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos, but the meeting turned out to be really cool for us.
The lecture was held for about 2,5 hours with some heated discussions between some people who believe that only their opinion is right :D

The audience was approximately 50/50 Russians and Americans - students mostly from Texas who study Russian and came to Moscow for this summer to study and practise. Really cool guys with who we had a chance to talk after the meeting. I had to ask to of them to come to my students and say Hello=) I knew my students would be to shy to try to say something and I'm really greatful that some guys and girls came up to have a chat aftewards.

I feel so sorry for these poor Americans who study Russian because it's such a hard language and anyone studying it is going to get confused from time to time with all the word-endings, singulars, plurals and so on. But they are doing great, I must say!
I hope we'll have more chances to take pics as I hope we'll stay in touch.

And now I've got to go back and prepare for 8 lessons as next week is going to be tough - lessons from Monday to Thursday every day on different unit each with both ele and pre-int groups. But making plans is exactly one of the things that I love about teaching!
Have a good evening everyone, let the world make you smile :)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

It's been in my mind for quite a while - to start my blog, my t e a c h e r blog. Wow, that word - teaching - being a huge and amazing part of my life is rather surprising to me as well as to many of my friends. I never dreamed of becoming a teacher, never talked about it when I was a pupil myself (remember, how 1/3 of the class wanted to be teachers, another 1/3 actors, and another 1/3 - singers. Well it was like that in my school).

But now I loooove it! I feel that teaching is something I can't live my life without. I love the subject I teach, love children I teach, love the very essence of teaching.
I've been teaching for a year and a half now and still have so so so much to learn, and I look towards it (learning new things about teaching) with great excitement in my eyes.

I hope that this blog will do 4 things for me:
1) help me to develop professionaly (as I will analyse and share my experience)
2) help me to interest my students
3) connect with my collegues all other the world
4) store my plans, printouts, ideas and so on.

Oh, and yes,
My name is Alice, I'm from Russia, recent economic faculty alumna (so happy I  understood that economics is not for me) and a teacher who adores the company she works for. UNIUM - Federal net of educational centres in Russia, where children are loved, employees are highly appreciated and continuous development is in great value. I'm so greatful that I work there.

Let the fun of blogging begin =)