Archive for the 'English Teachers in Russia & Elsewhere' Category

#119 Multi-Listening Tasks

Published on August 10, 2007

Contents => Multi-Listening Tasks => Welcome to Subscribers from CATEC and Tajikistan => In the Next Issue ——————————————————— Multi-Listening Tasks ——————————————————— What’s a multi-listening task? I’m not sure–I just made up the name. But recently I worked in Tajikistan, by invitation of of the US Embassy there in Dushanbe. I tried a couple new listening […]

#118 Sound Effects Bingo

Published on June 20, 2007

Contents => Number Bingo – game for number learning => Sound Bingo! – listening game => Word Origins – “Bingo” => In the Next Issues ——————————————————— Number Bingo ——————————————————— If you know about using traditional number Bingo in the classroom, skip this section and go right to Sound Effects Bingo. Most everybody is familiar with […]

#117 Fathers’ Day Stuff

Published on May 25, 2007

Fathers’ Day is coming soon. In 2007, it will be June 17th. It’s a holiday where children show their appreciation for their father by giving him something like a new tie, and the father pretends to like it.

#116 News Headlines Activity

Published on February 21, 2007

Here’s a super easily rendered activity for the class (although the level will of students will need to be fairly high. The condensed language of news headlines is hard to read.)

#115 Valentines Games and Song

Published on February 5, 2007

Contents => 2 Valentine’s Games => Dumb Valentine’s Song => 5 Questions: a Valentine’s Day Warm-up => What’s New at => In the Next Issues

#114 Unfinished Love Quotes

Published on January 26, 2007

Below you’ll find quotations on the subject of love–but not in complete form.

Give students the first half of the quote and ask them to finish it. They may add one word, several words, or even another sentence.

#113 Fun with Dichotomies

Published on January 19, 2007

What’s a dichotomy? Basically, a division of two groups, or two opposed classes. (If your students are young just call these pairs).

#112 English Teachers Everywhere Web Site

Published on December 10, 2006

This issue of ETs in Russia exists only to promote my new web site: English Teachers Everywhere ( We’re expanding! And the web site is now open to the public.

It features lots of free downloadable audios (nowadays often called podcasts). There are over 60 audio files you can downloade right now. All the files come with instructions or suggestions for classroom usage.

#111 Proverbs

Published on December 2, 2006

In this issue of ETs in Russi & Elsewhere we’ll offer up a few of the many possible task teachers can easily create from proverbs. It’s easy to find proverbs, maxims, aphorisms, and sayings on the Internet.

#110 Slavic Influence on American Music

Published on November 21, 2006

There are American songs that nearly everyone in countries of the former USSR seems to know, songs like “Summertime,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” But the composers of these very American-sounding songs had Russian or Ukrainian roots. Some were born in Russia, and some in New York to immigrant parents.