Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

At the moment we have four SIGs (Special Interest Groups) in TTT. They are free for TTT members and you can join them any time. The SIGs are to help you make your professional development even more focused and versatile.

The Bookclub is for avid readers who know how to make the most of reading deadlines and appreciate a chance to timely discuss their thoughts and impressions with colleagues.

The Methodology club aims at helping everyone interested to finally read all those methodology books you keep collecting on your shelf and to try out some
of the described activities and principles in practice.

The Linguistic club members are into learning how the language itself works and evolves over time.

The Film club is for people who truly enjoy watching films, talking about films, as well as for those who haven’t discovered this movie-passion within them yet.

Join in!
If you have an idea for another area of interest, email us - we are open to all suggestions.

Our SIGs

Our SIGs

TTT Bookclub

TTT Bookclub schedule:

We meet once every month on Sunday at 9 a.m. (GMT+3) or Tuesday 12:30 p.m. (GMT+3). Choose the day which is more convenient for you. We are going to discuss the same pages on both these days.

10 August 12:30 p.m. (GMT+3) or 15 August 9 a.m. (GMT+3)

Our TTT Bookclub is a group of avid readers who can't live without books. Every month we choose a book and read it during the month.
Leader: Darya Pashkina
I have been the head of TTT bookclub since October 2019. I graduated from Saint-Petersburg University with flying colors. I've been teaching English for 9 years and working as a senior teacher for the last 2. I adore this language and I think there's always a room for perfection.
August book: Brooklyn by Toibin C.

Want to join the SIG? If you are in TTT, you can do it now!
Books we've read so far:
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
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Machines Like Us
Ian McEvan
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The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
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Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert
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The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
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IT
Stephen King
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White Teeth
Zadie Smith
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Homeyman
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Hogfathet
Terry Pratchett
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Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi

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Watching the English
Kate Fox

Our SIGs

Our SIGs

TTT Methodology

TTT Methodology schedule
1 August, 9 a.m. (GMT+3)
15 August, 9 a.m. (GMT+3)

TTT Methodology meetings:
We meet twice a month (the first and the third Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. (GMT+3) in Zoom, read the introduction together and then divide the chapter into several parts, one for each participant of the meeting. We read individually, but we discuss and sometimes try the activities from the book together, so that we can apply these activities at real lessons without any hesitation.

Leader: Kate Surkova
I’m Kate Surkova, a teacher and a learner. I’m sure that these two things go hand in hand. I teach both English and French, as well as help those who love learning languages independently. I do believe that effective learning requires a friendly and safe environment. Being the head of our Methodology SIG, I’m trying to turn reading books on teaching into pleasure and fun. I’m also keen on psychology, LARP, music and history.

Want to join the SIG? If you are in TTT, you can do it now!
Books:
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We are about to finish reading “The company words keep” by Paul Davis and Hanna Kryszewska
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The next book is “Lexical Grammar”
by Leo Selivan

Our SIGs

Our SIGs

TTT Linguistics

TTT Linguistics schedule
26 August, 8:30 p.m. (GMT+3)

TTT Linguistics meetings:
This is a group for language lovers and those who want to look beyond course books. We meet to discuss Generative Linguistics, Psycholingustics, Language Acquisition, Language Picture of the World, relations between language and thought, comparative studies of individual languages and whatever sparks our interest.
Leader: Nataliya Ivleva
Nataliya Ivleva is an English teacher (CAE, CPE, CELTA) and linguist who, alongside with teaching the language to adults, dedicates a lot of her time to popularizing linguistic knowledge. She is interested in how human language works and how our brain processes it.
She also explores the etymology of the English lexis by tracking down its roots and sometimes surprising connections with Russian or other languages. “My belief is that we, teachers, should really love and know what we teach. Methodology is vital, but let us not forget what it exists for in the first place: the mysterious and unique gift humans have – language”.

Want to join the SIG? If you are in TTT, you can do it now!
Books:
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We have just finished reading “The language instinct” by Steven Pinker
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We are currently reading “How language works” by David Crystal

Our SIGs

Our SIGs

TTT Film

TTT Film schedule:
14 August, 6 p.m. (GMT+3)
22 August, 3 p.m. (GMT+3)

TTT Film meetings:
Our TTT Film is for people who truly enjoy watching films, talking about films, as well as for those who haven’t discovered this movie-passion within them yet.
We meet every second Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. (GMT+3) and every fourth Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. (GMT+3).
Leader: Vira Yarosh
Vira Yarosh is a freelance English teacher, based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, TESOL holder, striving for continuous professional development. She has been teaching for 4 years and she's experienced teaching people of all ages, but, for this moment, she mostly teaches teenagers and adults. Vira loves watching films and series. "I see here such a great opportunity to trick my brain into studying, still while relaxing and plunging into the plots of all kinds!"

Want to join the SIG? If you are in TTT, you can do it now!
Films:
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We are going to discuss “Atonement” by Joe Wright