Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan, one of the major Republics in Russia. Situated on the Volga river, Kazan is 700 km away from Moscow (1.5 hr. by plane from Moscow or an overnight train ride). The population (more than 1 million people) is predominantly (more than 50%) Muslim, with a strong national identity. The climate is moderate with 4 seasons, with cold weather from November till March. Average temperature for winter is -10C. Kazan boasts dynamic development, as the government pays a lot of attention to the education and international training of students and the support of sports and numerous projects with international partners. It is one of the most important centers of Russia. Foreign tourists are not rare. It is a beautiful city and in 2009 underwent a thorough renovation. Public transportation, including metro, is well-developed, and there are many big shopping areas and entertainment places in the city.
Host Institution: Kazan State University
Kazan State University is one of ten federal universities in Russia. The university prepares future teachers of English for Tatarstan and runs an in-service training program in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. The status of the university allows it to experiment with innovations and to organize in-service training for teachers.
- The Fellow will teach EFL Methodology to B.A. and M.A. students at the university.
- The Fellow will conduct in-service teacher training workshops at the university and provide professional development opportunities in the region.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Organize activities and make presentations on EFL Methodology and American Studies through the local EFL teachers’ Association (REGELTA).
- Support the English Access Microscholarship Program sites in Kazan and in nearby Samara by working with teachers on enhancing programs with strong U.S. cultural components, using a team-teach approach while working with students.