Creative ESL for K-12?

How do I introduce K-12 ESL students from South Korea and beyond to history and context while staying nearby to storytelling and creative performance? We’ve been reciting and reflecting upon some of Aesop’s fables but it might be useful to try basic Shakespeare.  It has been a nice journey so far so let’s probe deeper, OK?>.

I appreciate this BBC educational media work about some of Shakespeare’s works

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/60secondshakespeare/themes_index.shtml

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant

I am happy and grateful to receive a 2017-19 Fulbright FLEX grant for doing research at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, in the Kyrgyz Republic  (AUCA). My research project is …

Source: KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant

Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia

I have been doing research about independent filmmaking in Kyrgyz Republic.  I see mention of Kyrgyz films that were included in a “Festival of Muslim Cinema” in Kazan, in Russia.  I wonder about the films being shown.  I have so many favorite films from Iran and other places, films known to adhere to “Islamic” or “Muslim” values in cinematic art.  I wish that we could more easily see these films in the USA.  Still gathering data about Kyrgyz Republic and Kyrgyz Cinema.

FESTIVAL OF MUSLIM CINEMA

Kazan, Russia.   I note that the city of Kazan is located along the Volga River.   Just the sound of that river’s name–Volga–gives me a case of wanderlust and itchy feet.  I am gripped by sirens of the deepest melodies from Russian master composers like Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and all the rest.  But my main topic is Kyrgyzstan and Bishkek and the American University of Central Asia, not Tatarstan and Kazan.  But one thing does leads to another…

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant

I am happy and grateful to receive a 2017-19 Fulbright FLEX grant for doing research at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (AUCA).

My research project is develop and write an “indigenous” curriculum for higher education and creative practice at AUCA, in the nascent Department of TV, Cinema and Visual Arts.

In doing my research for the development of a “local” curriculum in “TV, Cinema and Visual Arts” I am learning about the scope and nature of Kyrgyz cinema.  Yes, there is a cinema culture in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

I am happy to learn about an established online presence for the film industry in Kyrgyz, with a nice website for marketing the country’s actors, production companies, directors and technical support professionals, and a wide range of exterior locations.  .

KYRGYZ CINEMA

As I move to have closer ties in Kyrgyzstan with scholars, filmmakers, and others, I am also looking for collaborative projects (video, film, photo, research, others) for production.  I hope to explore and research in Bishkek and surrounding areas in Kyrgyzstan, with a base of operations in Bishkek.  Folk Music?  Pastoral or nomadic communities in transition?  From what images I have seen there is astonishing beauty there and it looks like a healthy place in the mountains with hot and cold springs of vary types, famous for spas and healthy treatment.  Kyrgyz Republic also boasts the largest stand in the world of walnut forestlands.  I am trying to develop an understanding of the history, geography, and cultural diversity in Kyrgyz Republic.  Feel free to share your ideas with me.