NATE Town Hall Meetings
To that end, in April 2020 we launched our NATE Town Hall meetings, monthly professional online gatherings, that are intended to bring our community of members together and develop effective solutions to the most pressing issues that Russian ELT professionals are facing these days.
Each Town Hall meeting consists of three parts:
• expert discussion on a professional topic of the day;
• idea exchanges in groups;
• updates on NATE internal issues and events.
The meetings take place on a Sunday from 10:00 to 11:30, Moscow time, via a Zoom conference link, and are for registered NATE members only. External experts can be invited to take part in the discussion by invitation.
If you have a topic to suggest for future Town Hall meetings, or would like to contribute to expert discussion, contact Lilia Bondareva, the project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recordings of Previous Town Hall Meetings
BVI: Sing and Learn English
- KSU Foreign Languages Dept. and KurELTA are implementing inclusive education in higher education. In the 2019-2020 academic year, two totally blind participants of the project attend English language classes together with group 31bn (third-year students learning English as the second foreign language). As a result of the work, we have made a series of video lessons demonstrating the possibilities of adapting traditional ELT techniques to blind students. In late February 2020, Viktoria Klimentyeva delivered a paper "Communicative approach in the implementation of inclusive English language teaching to blind and visually impaired students" at the XIII International Scientific and Practical Conference of Young Scientists and Students "Meeting of Generations... February readings". In late March 2020, Viktoria Klimentyeva, Dmitry Klimentyev, Irina Amelchenkova and Andrey Amelchenkov are participating as guest speakers in a specialized ESP workshop in Saransk.
- In October 2019, the KSU Foreign Languages Dept. started a cooperation project with Kursk Comprehensive School#57 aimed at teaching English to visually impaired students. Viktoria Klimentyeva and Marina Pordbeeva (student of group 51ba) conduct ESP optional classes (1 class per week). Marina Pordbeeva is also working on her thesis related to teaching English in an inclusive environment. In December 2019 we helped 12 children of 4"d" class to take part in the "Letter to Father Frost" contest. The children wrote letters in English and became winners.
- As part of cooperation between KSU and secondary schools of Kursk, students of group 31ba (supervised by Dmitry Klimentyev) take part in a creative project aimed at the development of teaching aids for BVI learners of English.
- We are creating and testing the teaching materials (including the recording of audio activities) for BVI students based on Thomas Mayne Reed 's "The Quadroon". These materials are used for home reading classes in group 31bn, where two blind students are taught in an inclusive format.
- In April 2019, Viktoria Klimentyeva, Dmitry Klimentyev, Irina Amelchenkova and Andrey Amelchenkov took part in the NATE Jubilee Conference (ITMO University, Saint Petersburg) with the presentation “English Language audio course for BVI learners: teaching approaches and practical results”.
- In April 2019, Viktoria Klimentyeva, Dmitry Klimentyev, Irina Amelchenkova and Andrey Amelchenkov took part in the 5th International Scientific and Practical Conference "Inclusive Foreign Language Education Today: Problems and Solutions," (Moscow City Pedagogical University) with the paper "Experience of teaching English language to blind and visually impaired students".
- Viktoria Klimentyeva, Dmitry Klimentyev, Irina Amelchenkova and Andrey Amelchenkov participated in Scott Kupferman’s inclusive education seminar held by the Regional English Language Office (Moscow, September 26-28, 2019).
- A recording studio has been equipped to facilitate the process of making audio learning materials for BVI students.
Project Timeline & Results
Vocal Dance Flash Mob on International Translator's Day
Annual International Scientific-Practical Conference for Young Scholars in Foreign Languages
Speech Contest in English for 1st and 2nd Year Students
The winners of the qualifying round (I and II places) represent their higher education institution in the city round. Two stages of the regional competition. Speech with a pre-prepared three-minute speech on the declared topic; writing within an hour without using dictionaries and manuals of the text of speech on the topic close to the theme of the first oral report and its oral presentation. Mandatory condition ─ knowledgeable in English as a jury. The students who took first, second and third places are awarded valuable prizes and certificates