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Go-To Games and Activities

Go-To Games and Activities   Do you know that queasy feeling of still having 10 more minutes left in a lesson after finishing all the work you had planned for the day? Do your students need a pick-me-up between tedious reading and writing assignments to spice things up a bit? Need something to wake your students up as you notice their heads nodding off to sleep?   These are some go-to games I’ve used that are pretty fool-proof and minimalist as far as materials are concerned. Please add your…

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Most Common Mistakes Russians Make

I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile, for both English teachers in Russia and Russian students so that both will fare better in the classroom. Whether it be out of bad habit, direct translation from Russianà English, or bad memory, these are the errors that, after almost 3 years of teaching in Russia, I see Russians make time and time again.   Here’s to less redundant error correction time in class!   Most Common Mistakes Russians Make   If I will go …. Ahh the infamous will after If.…

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Packing to Russia


In Russia we have a stereotype that all foreigners have stereotypes about Russia. When we get to know our foreign colleagues it really surprises us that you did not expect to see bears roaming in the wild on the Red Square and vodka pouring out of our water coolers. Unfortunately, the weather is not a stereotype. The weather is crazy, therefore packing the right amount of stuff & staying within the weight restrictions of your baggage might be kind of…

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Gilbert Song left a comment for Kimberly R
"Hey Kimberly, I am Asian myself and I have not encountered any sort of harassment whatsoever. If anything, Russians will assume you're Kazakh. I've been stopped by the cops a couple of times for this very reason, but once I flashed my U.S. passport…"
Kimberly R left a comment for Kimberly R
"I am curious about something I read on the website...I am Asian and my skin is dark due to the summer sun. This is what I read more or less (you can read exact wording on their website):

Continuous reports of harassment on the stre…"
Conan Smeeth is now a member of EF Russia Teachers
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Elena Eliseeva commented on Elena Eliseeva's blog post Packing to Russia
"Hey Kimberly! Congrats on joining EF Russia! Actually, you might encounter some problems in finding clothes & foot wear if you have a very special size. Sizes 35-41(apprx 5 - 10,5 USA) in shoes are pretty easy to find, as are sizes XS - XXL in cloth…"
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Kimberly R commented on Elena Eliseeva's blog post Packing to Russia
"Wow this is great starter information! This will be my first teaching position out of country and as you can imagine, trying to figure what to bring along is such a hassle and stressful task. I have read several different things such as Russia does…"
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Sean Alexander left a comment for Kyle Dubois
"Hello and welcome, Kyle! It's nice to see another teacher not bound for Moscow or St. Petersburg (though I love both cities). I hope you enjoy it. - Sean"
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