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Администратор блога: Константин Шестаков
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Task 1 for Sasha
Послушай разговор в самолете. Подготовь ответы на эти вопросы уже о себе.
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What is your name?

My name is Konstantin.

Where do you live?

I live in Omsk, Russia.

How old are you?

I am 43 (forty three).

What do you do?

I teach English and Russian. I have my online language school.

Do you have a family?

Yes, I am married and I have 2 daughters.

How old are they?

9 and 11.

What do you do in your free time?

I play chess, I play squash and I watch films.
I wish = I am sorry
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Dress code presentation
The Monkey' Paw review Olga Yudina
Can I recommend reading a story by William W. Jacobs’ "The Monkey’s Paw"?

Perhaps this story is a bit scary, but I think you can recommend it because this story has a deep meaning ... It touches upon ideas and problems for all times. For example, it seems to me that one should be careful in the wording of desires for the future, because the price for hasty and deliberate desires is excessively high .. In the same way you should not look for easy solutions and chase the "freebie". Sometimes we have to pay more for something that we received for granted.. We need to listen to people warning you about expensive price of a wish. I think is worth reading this short story.

Jacobs did really well to create an oppressive atmosphere of the story. I liked this story, it is truly original and interesting. I was really intrigued by the plot. The story`s climax set a thrilling question: how would the son look like if White didn`t have time to make the third wish. The story makes you wonder what our desires can turn into (even the most innocent ones). The main character - Mr. White, in my opinion, hit the wrong path when he did not obey the Major. His son was killed because of Mr. White`s curiosity, naiveté, and greed.. Only after the loss of his son, Mr.White realized that he had made a mistake .. The most important conclusion that I can make after reading the story is that we should learn how to admit our mistakes and correct them on time – that is exactly what the old man did.

Vocabulary and Grammar Test
Combine pictures and letters to give a message

Speaking Test
Make a digital audio recording, answering these 3 questions and using the plan for each of these questions. Make sure that your answer to each part is no more than 1,5 minutes (90 seconds). You can make either 3 different recordings for each of these questions or 1 recording for all the questions.

Try not to prepare or rehearse your answers. Take several moments to orient yourself and begin recording.

To make your audio recording use the Webilang Audiorecorder. See the instructions on how to use the Webilang audiorecorder.

Part 1. Speak about your home town or village.
• What kind of place is it?
• What’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
• What kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
• Would you say it’s a good place to live? (Why?)

Part 2. Describe something you own which is very important to you.
You should say:
-where you got it from
-how long you have had it
-what you use it for
-and explain why it is important to you.
Writing Test
Write an essay of no more than 300 words about the topic:
Do you think technology is making us more or less social?
Очень смешно: 35 фатальных ошибок перевода
Пост самых глубоких познаний в иностранных языках.


American and Americans Today, Fall 2013, course feedback survey
America and Americans Today at Webilang.com, Fall 2013

Course Feedback Survey

As a participant in the course, your opinion is highly valued. smile Please answer the following questions in as much detail as you can provide. If you don't feel like publishing your answer, please send your feedback to Konstantin Shestakov as a private message via Webilang

1. What topics did you enjoy most in the course?

2. What were the most useful assignments for you and why? What were the least useful and why?

3. What were the most effective uses of technology in the course, in your opinion, and why? What were the least effective and why?

4. How did you feel about interactions with your overseas instructors during virtual group meetings –
a) at the beginning of the course
b) and now, at the end of the course?

5. Did you feel that you had more or less opportunity to practice your language skills in this course, compared to other language courses you’ve taken?

6. Do you have any comments on how the course was structured and organized? What would you change, add, or do differently in the course?

7. Have you found this program to be beneficial in terms of exposure to American culture and if so, in what way? What struck you most in terms of comparisons of Russian and American culture?

8. What was the most challenging aspect of the course and how did you cope with it?

9. Would you say that taking this course will help you to be a better language and culture learner? If so, in what way? Please elaborate.

10. Would you recommend this course to others?

11. Would you say that taking this course will help you improve your professional skills? If so, in what way? Please elaborate.

12. Rate the following questions on a scale of 1-10.
On a scale of 1 - 10 (1 - least likely) how likely are you to take a similar language course in the future? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

On a scale of 1 - 10 (10 very likely) would you recommend this course to others? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

On a scale of 1 (least) - 10 (most) please rate the improvement of the following aspects of your English as a result of taking this course: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
strategic competence (ability to deal with communication difficulties due to limited language skills)
Why the Ukranian political crisis is relevant to English learning on Webilang?
Why I think that the Ukranian political crisis is relevant to English learning on Webilang? (Are you the captain of your fate?)

These are random thoughts that come to my mind when I was assisting one of Webilang classes that was about Russian/American culture.
The majority of the Ukrainian people want to identify themselves as Europeans. This is the impression I get from the news.
At the same time in a short term economic perspective they might benefit from closer ties with Russia. Also Mr. Yanukobich wants to stay President after 2015 and he hopes to get support from Russia.
There a clash between the European values that the Ukranians want to re-adopt which are individual rights and supremacy of law and the immediate material needs.
Russia trades material values (cheep gas) for intangible values (freedom of individuals) to the Ukraine.
I might be wrong but I have an analogy: many Russians today turn the blind eye to human rights violations, social injustice, autocratic rule by Putin. They 'traded' these values for the abundance of goods and foods, cheap trips to Turkey and affordable bank loans.
Through interactions with our American partners on Webilang we learn that these European values are not mere speculations but a reality.
In my opinion, to a large extent, the Russians (the middle and upper middle class) did share cultural values with the Europeans (and Americans) in the 18,19 century and the beginning of the 20th century).
Now the Russians seem to have reversed to the values that probably existed in the 16-17 century which seem outdated today. The values that they have were shared by economically disadvantaged Russians in the past: distrust of individduals toward each other, delegating control over an individual life to the government, uncertainty avoidance. In other words, Russians do not want to be Captains of their Fate and of their own Country.