Why I LOVE Kazakhstan, Mountains and My Students




Now who would want to teach in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with mountains in the landscape and fun students in the foreground, I ask you.  We are in the home stretch with problem and solution essays and I am getting preliminary writings from my students about their final portfolio projects.  Interesting that the person who asked about Alatau Sanatorium liked the quote that I use with every signing off on my e-mails by Arnold Bennett:

“There can be no knowledge without emotion.  We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours.  To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.”

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    Paul Gifford said,

    I love the quote from Bennett, too. Thank you. I just finished a Fulbright experience. I was teaching English literature at Semey State Pedagogical Institute. I met Isobel Fitzgibbon tonight at a cafe in our central park. She urged me to contact you. I also collected students’ stories. My students were beginning language students. My “big project” at SSPI was getting students in a drama club to read Romeo and Juliet and devise a play (write and perform) based on R&J. We did it!!! So satisfying. I’ve only skimmed some of your wonderful blog entries, and I feel that you love these students as I do. I hope we can get in touch. I am writing an essay about the experience of doing Shakespeare with Kazakh students. I wonder if you would read a draft of it when it is finished. I, too, have a blog. There are a couple of entries about the play, notably “Two Households: the Dombra in Romeo and Juliet”. My blog address is http://gifford-family.us.
    I’m happy to know that you are working and enjoying your life here. Sadly, I leave Semey in four days.


    Mary Jo Kietzman

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    Батырхан said,

    Nice pics! You should get yourself a better camera, though 🙂

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    kazaknomad said,

    Perhaps these photos were taken with my current camera which is shatterproof and waterproof. One Thanksgiving celebration I was eager to download photos from our gathering and I proceeded to dunk my one digital camera in rooibus tea. So, my husband bought me a new camera that can take the rigors of life in Kazakhstan. Yeah, I know I need a better camera, will you buy me one? Thanks for your comments!

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    Батырхан said,

    Sorry, can’t buy you a camera now. Maybe next time when I win a jackpot… 🙂

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    baig said,

    I LOVE Kazakhstan

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