Joint Project of
Buryat State University, Russia,
York University, UK
Institute of Philology and Mass Communication (IPMC)
Buryat State University
Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, Russia
(August 10 – 17, 2014)
The seminar was built on the achievements of an earlier initiative undertaken in 2011 and sought to combine two key issues which emerged from the earlier collaboration: pedagogy and identity.
The overall aim of the seminar was to contribute to the professional development of teachers of English by deepening their awareness of how their own understanding of culture and poetry determines their approaches to teaching poetry and using it in a language class.
The seminar specific goals included:
- reinforcing professional contacts between Buryat State University and York University and creating a new team of British and Russian newly qualified teachers to continue the project into 2015 and beyond;
- introducing English language teachers in Buryatia to the opportunities of using poetry in a language classroom and ecouraging them to use it;
- bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds in discussion of contemporary British, Russian and Buryat poetry and the cultural barriers to the enjoyment of poetry;
- refining and developing the models of cooperative remote working.
Richard Endicott, York University
Elena Bayartueva, Buryat State University
Larissa Sanzheeva, Buryat State University
Tatiana Platitsyna, Buryat State University
Elena Vasilyeva, Buryat State University
Irina Stolyarova, Buryat State University
Irina Dronova, Buryat State University