NOVELTA Winter School – A Season For Authentic Learning
There is a joke among EL teachers in Siberia: when the temperatures drop down to -30C, it means that it is time to go to the NOVELTA Winter Methodology School. About 200 school and university teachers from the region flocked to the Novosibirsk Technological University on January 29-30 to listen to fascinating lectures, and to take part in various workshops conducted by American and Russian specialists.
The opening session saw a room crammed with about fifty university teachers who came to watch David Fay, EL Fellow currently based in Moscow, do his Ad-Busting. What is it, and how does it help to develop critical thinking? Another word for “busting” in this context
Marianna Malinovskaya of Koltsovo, a scientific-research town in the Novosibirsk region, is well-known among her colleagues as a dedicated EL teacher. She is also Macmillan representative in Siberia. Her workshop “Blended Learning: Multimedia Resources for ELT” was devoted to the many new resources offered by Macmillan Publishers. Marianna convincingly demonstrated the use of multimedia in the classroom, and explained how it can become an integral part of the whole process of teaching and learning.
In spite of the frost, the atmosphere at the winter school was warm and friendly. Elena Melekhina, NOVELTA president, Valentina Afonasova, organizing committee, and the whole English Language Department staff of the Technological University, worked hard to make this event “an affair to remember”.