Monday, February 5, 2007

English class

This is Misha, one of my beginner students of English. He’s 9. He’s still quite mild-mannered compared to the older boys, but I’ve seen him throw a punch or two. It’s hard to tell where to draw the line between typical boy behavior and the effects of living in an institution. Anyway, I like this picture of Misha because it’s what he looks like when he’s goofing off.

Today we practiced our letters and sang “Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” Then I noticed that the kids weren’t matching the hand motions to the words at all, so we had to stop and do a little review. Then again, one of my college professors (Thanks, Bella!) tried to teach it to us in Russian one time, and we were probably just as clueless. :)

The older boys had fun today with prepositions of location. I need to remember to bring a treat for them next time. They’re a little old for stickers. Their counselor who works on Mondays is warming up a little. She sneaks into the lessons sometimes to try to learn a little English. And she lets us go past five even though it’s officially homework time.

Today I read: “I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” -Ps. 140:12


  1. Hi, ELizabeth....I decided to try to go back to the beginning of your blog to learn more about you. I hope you don't mind...that it doesn't seem like stalking or something. But I am curious how you ended up in Russia. Where are you teaching? I would love to move to Russia, not forever, probably, but for a year or two. Do you think there are any jobs teaching English that would pay enough for our family to live?

  2. Hi Annie, maybe I should do a post on how I ended up in Russia. It is kind of a long story.

    I don't know too many big families here living off a teacher's salary! But there are some private firms always looking for native speakers.


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