Mid-Year Enrichement Seminar 2014
39 Fulbright U.S. Students, including 28 ETAs and 11 Research Fellows, gathered in Moscow on January 27-28, 2014 for the Mid-Year Enrichment Seminar. During the event Fulbrighters had a unique opportunity to meet once again after living in Russia for several months, and share their stories with each other. Both students and ETAs had a chance to make short presentations about their personal experience and professional success.
The Seminar started on Monday, January 27th with welcoming remarks from Andrew McLean, First Secretary at the Office of Academic Exchanges of the US Embassy, and Fulbright Program Director Joel Ericson. The welcoming words were followed by a speech from Andrea Rodriguez, an officer from the political section of the US Embassy, who presented a short review of Russian-American relations and discussed a number of positive aspects of the US-Russian relationship as well as several aspects currently under dispute. Also, safety issues were discussed and new safety communication processes were announced in keeping with the most needed State Department best practices.
The second part of the day and the following day were devoted to the presentations by the Fulbrighters. The subjects of the presentations varied from “Track and field in Novosibirsk” and “Kuban Cossacks” to “Bulgakov in the Archives and on the Stage”. English Teaching Assistants, who had been teaching English and American culture to Russian university students all around the country since the beginning of October, were happy share their teaching techniques, in particular the way you can use music and art in the classroom.
The seminar was followed by an ETA training session on January 29th. Russian Fulbright FLTA Alumni Maya Zhivokina, Marina Zakharova and Margarita Kharlova introduced ETAs to various teaching methods, shared their tips and tricks and gave advice on different difficult situations, ETAs had come across.