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

Partnership History

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

  • May 2019: Revision to the Partnership Agreement
  • 2008-2014: TexTESOL V and Yakut TESOL Annual Conferences Presentations
  • July, 2014: Ronda Glasser participation in EFL Summer Camp in Yakutsk
  • March, 2011: Partnership presentation at TESOL Arabia Annual Conference
  • October, 2011: Evgeniya Yadrikhinskaya’s (Yakut TESOL) visit to schools and colleges in Dallas, TX, and participation in TexTESOL V Conference
  • May, 2011: Jey Venkatesan participation in English Conversation Class in Yakutsk
  • July, 2010: Jayme Lynch participation in EFL Summer Camp in Maya
  • June, 2010: Don Weasenforth conducting teacher training session in Yakutsk
  • June, 2010: Classes at the Hockaday School for students from Yakutsk
  • July, 2009: Elizabeth Smith participation in Summer Camp in Yakutsk
  • 2009-2011: Online Collaboration, Collin College and Yakutsk State University
  • 2009: Online Collaboration, the Hockaday School and Gymnasium #8
  • 2009: Book donation to Yakut TESOL
  • July, 2008: Yakut TESOL Summer Institute of English
  • July 1, 2008: Formal agreement signing in Yakutsk

2015 Online Meeting

Online discussion between TexTESOL V and Yakut TESOL on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 – Check it out on YouTube.

What's in store for the future?

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

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