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    28 Июня 2011
    Opening of the XVII NATE – Russia International Annual Conference “New Times – New Songs: ELT after 2010”

    June 28-30. For the first time an annual international conference of the National Association of Teachers of English was held in Kaliningrad. The conference titled «New Times – New Songs: ELT after 2010» was devoted to changes and modern methods in the English language teaching. The conference was organized with the assistance of the National Association of Teachers of English, the English Language Office (of the US Embassy in Moscow), and the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Such a conference took place for the 17th time in Russia. The event united teachers of English from the whole Russia as well as American guests – experts in teaching English. More than 400 people from the USA and various regions of Russia (from Kaliningrad to the Far East) exchanged their professional experience.

    June 28-30. For the first time an annual international conference of the National Association of Teachers of English was held in Kaliningrad. The conference titled «New Times – New Songs: ELT after 2010» was devoted to changes and modern methods in the English language teaching. The conference was organized with the assistance of the National Association of Teachers of English, the English Language Office (of the US Embassy in Moscow), and the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Such a conference took place for the 17th time in Russia. The event united teachers of English from the whole Russia as well as American guests – experts in teaching English. More than 400 people from the USA and various regions of Russia (from Kaliningrad to the Far East) exchanged their professional experience.

    The list of speakers was impressive: Thomas Santos, Head of the English Language Office (ELO) of the US Embassy in Moscow; Vera I. Zabotkina, Professor, Vice-Rector for International Innovative Projects of the RSUH (Russian State University for the Humanities); John-Mark King, English Language Fellow at the St. Petersburg English Language Teachers' Association; Joann Shin, US expert in methodology of teaching English, and many others.

    Thomas Santos, Head of the ELO of the US Embassy in Moscow, noted that for English language teachers the conference was a great chance to reach the international level of teaching English. All experts agreed that the Russian education system known for the high level of research work lacks active and interactive approaches in teaching English. US expert Joann Shin shared with the colleagues her experience of using songs in teaching English at schools. According to her this method helps children learn quickly to communicate in English. John Mark King, specialist in promoting English within the Northwestern Federal District, advised all English learners to communicate in English not with native speakers but rather with fellow-citizens, as it is always more efficient and easier to train your language with those whom you understand better.