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Deadline: July 1, 2004

Since last fall, over 50 Russian educators have completed an on-line Internet training course offered by Dr. Michael Krauss of the College of Lewis and Clark, in Portland, Oregon, USA. For the most part, participants have been highly enthusiastic about the course. A few, however, reported that it required more time than they could spare during a busy school year.

Fortunately, the course will be offered again from July 6-27 when it is hoped teachers will have more time. Although the course carries a $200 fee, the fee will be paid by the English Language Fellow Program for a limited number of applicants.

Information about the course, which is called "Integrating the Internet into the Classroom" and the form needed to apply for it, can be found at the American Embassy`s English Language Office web site at http://www.usembassy.ru/elo.htm.

If you or one of your colleagues would like to take the course, please complete the required application form at the above web site and submit it to fomenkonv@state.gov of the American Embassy`s English Language Office by no later than July 1, 2004. Applicants will be notified by the English Language Office if their applications are approved.

It should be noted that participation in the three-week course carries several expectations. First, all participants will be expected to do the course work on time and to complete all course requirements by the stipulated completion date. Most participants have reported that at least 2 - 3 hours a day (5 days per week) are needed to keep up with the course, however, a few have said they needed as many as 5 hours a day to do the work. This was particularly true of individuals who had a slow Internet connection.

Second, upon completing the course, participants will be expected to teach their colleagues and others about what they learned in the course. Thus, in light of the time required to take the course and later to train others about what was learned, it would be best for anyone lacking adequate time or the motivation to train others not to apply.

To avoid any misunderstanding, clarify that the course is available only to university educators and to unusually well qualified secondary school teachers. Applications will not be accepted from students.

Should you have any questions about the course, contact Natalia Fomenko at the English Language Office at fomenkonv@state.gov or me.

Best wishes and good luck!
John R. Harrington
Senior English Language Fellow - Rostov-on-Don
English Language Fellow Program
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U. S. Department of State

P.S. In the event you are unable to take the course this summer, it is expected to be offered again in October.

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