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XVI NATE – Russia Annual Conference, Chelyabinsk 2010


Content Area: Teaching English at Secondary School


The Role and the Place of Linguistic Laboratory at Secondary School

Dear Colleagues,


I’m honored to be here with you, university teachers with more personal and professional experience in the field of teaching the English language, and I feel happy to share some of my humble experience in things related to my profession of a teacher of English at a secondary school with extended hours of foreign language - English - 6 hours a week in Grades 10 and 11, and our students are expected to take the RNE English exam at the final stage of their school curriculum.


At the same time I am happy to introduce to you my friends and co-presenters at this international forum. They are school teachers of English and Media Educators who live and work in other parts of the world. They are not sitting in this auditorium today and they are not standing next to me on stage now, but they are attending this conference in Chelyabinsk, Russia, nevertheless. Nowadays, you can be a thousand miles or kilometers away from your friends but you can communicate, exchange experience, share your ideas and even agree teamwork.


Two of my co-presenters, from Germany and the USA, who are at the moment in their home places, suggested taking part in this conference over Skype, and you will be able to see and listen to them live. Two more colleagues who won’t be able to attend the conference in person this time, they sent in their video, from Poland, and student’s PowerPoint feedback, from Italy.


 I’m going to talk about distant collaboration and the way my friends and colleagues are going to support me here is one more evidence  that distant collaboration works, provided the involved parties share the same ideas and see the importance of cross-cultural awareness.


Dear friends, please meet Bill Reilly, NY State, the USA; Grazyna Zaremba, Warsaw, Poland; Reinhard Marx, Sundern, Germany; Anna DeGiosa, Bari, Italy. There are many more ePals English teachers I was glad to meet this year on-line and hope we could help each other to foster further understanding.


We all got to know each other thanks to the ePals Global Community www.epals.com , which unites students and their teachers in all countries and continents, providing support and technology, encouraging and inspiring teachers that have made their choice to show their school students new ways to knowledge and communicative competences essential for the new generation. These competences are ICT and the English language that must help them discover new ways to live in one world, see advantages of international team work to overcome stereotypes, learn to understand each other better overcoming cross-cultural barriers.


I’m proud to introduce Bill Reilly and Reinhard Marx, who have been nominated ePals Teacher Ambassadors 2010, and inform you that these two gentlemen will use Skype technology to introduce themselves and their approach to teaching English and distant collaboration that have brought them to be nominated Teacher Ambassadors.


Reinhard Marx: 10 min (Skype) - Co-Presenter


And now I’m very happy to say a few words introducing Grazyna Zaremba, who studied Computer Science at Warsaw University, was a university lecturer for 6 years, lived in the USA and now is a dedicated English teacher in Zespół Szkół nr 10 im. Stanisława Staszica, one of vocational schools in Warsaw.


Grazyna Zaremba: 10 min (video) - Co-Presenter


I’m also happy to introduce to you Anna De Giosa and her students in Bari, Italy, the language school ITC e Linguistico Marco Polo. Our students and we, teachers, exchanged emails, pictures, slideshows and videos during the academic year introducing to each other our schools, home places, and cultural heritage of the countries. In their final PowerPoint presentation our Italian friends wish my students happy summer holidays. This year we used mostly English for our communication. For the next school year we are excited to extend our collaboration to the Russian language too, since some of Italian students study Russian as one of foreign languages at their language school.


I have been involved into ‘international project work’ since March 2005 when I started exchanging emails with ePals schools in different countries from New Zealand to Canada, and contributing to a joint project Webba Webzine in English hosted by a school in Sweden. I was eager to involve students of all ages, from Grade 5 to Grade 11 and I could see how proud my students were to see the results of their joint efforts.


At the end of my talk I would like to emphasis once again the things that have proved to be important, from our personal experience, to come nearer to the common goal which is to develop the language and cross-cultural awareness of our school students.


This is importance of the English language for school students, who want to become highly qualified specialists in the field of their choice who can use English professionally.


On the other hand, a good command of English is not sufficient if a professional isn’t aware of cultural values of his business partners. For better understanding, it is substantial for us and our students to see things related to the relevant topic through the eyes of the person we write or talk to. We can come to this awareness through collaborative communication, team work, and distant collaboration with peers in other cultures.


There are things that may prevent us from understanding each other quite often. Those are misinterpretation, false judgment because of still existing stereotypes and prejudices. At the same time there are things that may help us establish understanding. These are personal positive experience and collaborative teamwork.


In the course of joint efforts to meet the challenge and accomplish one task, our students learn to take the right choice; they learn to see the things through the eyes of their teammates in other countries.


To sum up, I see my personal challenge as a school teacher to design all my approach to education in line with the requirements of the modern world and to help my students pass the RNE English exam with flying colors.



Valerian Tukbaev


Zlatoust, School No 25

June 23, 2010

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