What does a Russian region settled by Cossacks in the early 17th century have in common with a region settled in Texas in the 19th century by cattlemen?

 

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What does a Russian region settled by Cossacks in the early 17th century have in common with a region settled in Texas in the 19th century by cattlemen? Well, there are several parallels, including a dependence on horses for livelihood and survival. Then there’s the centuries-old struggle against extreme temperatures, albeit opposite extremes. The most recent connection, however, is a formal agreement between the TESOL affiliates of the two regions to work together for their mutual benefit. A formal signing in Yakutsk on July 14, 2008, cemented the partnership between Yakut TESOL and TexTESOL V.

–Adapted from Essential Teacher by Don Weasenforth and Larisa Olesova

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Don Weasenforth, Past President of TexTESOL V, and Larisa Olesova, Past President of Yakut TESOL, signing the agreement.

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Since the summer of 2008, the two affiliates have completed the following projects:

  • July 1, 2008: Formal agreement signing in Yakutsk
  • July, 2008: Yakut TESOL Summer Institute of English
  • 2009: Book donation to Yakut TESOL
  • 2009: Online Collaboration, the Hockaday School and Gymnasium #8
  • 2009-2011: Online Collaboration, Collin College and Yakutsk State University
  • July, 2009: Elizabeth Smith participation in Summer Camp in Yakutsk
  • June, 2010: Classes at the Hockaday School for students from Yakutsk
  • June, 2010: Don Weasenforth conducting teacher training session in Yakutsk
  • July, 2010: Jayme Lynch participation in EFL Summer Camp in Maya
  • May, 2011: Jey Venkatesan participation in English Conversation Class in Yakutsk
  • October, 2011: Evgeniya Yadrikhinskaya’s (Yakut TESOL) visit to schools and colleges in Dallas, TX, and participation in TexTESOL V Conference
  • March, 2011: Partnership presentation at TESOL Arabia Annual Conference
  • July, 2014: Ronda Glasser participation in EFL Summer Camp in Yakutsk
  • 2008-2014: TexTESOL V and Yakut TESOL Annual Conferences Presentations

What’s in store for the next decade?

  • On-site summer teaching in Yakutsk
  • Online teaching
  • Online collaborations
  • Professional development
  • One-year teaching contract in Yakutsk
  • Student exchanges

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