The Republic of Latvia, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks at RCNY

Lativian Ambassador

On February 21, 2018, the Rotary Club of New York, Host Club #6, hosted the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the Republic of Latvia, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks at the United Nations International Breakfast meeting.  The honorable Ambassador also spoke about the Security challenges in the Baltic region and answered many questions about the status of Latvia in the region, its economic qualities and challenges with Russia and in general. In addition, the Ambassador spoke about Latvia’s promotion of multicultural educational integration to avoid minority ghettos. Latvia’s government sees language as a central element of identity and 60% of their classroom teaching is bilingual with 8 languages taught in their school system. RCNY’s newest member Laura Cristanelli, who also arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the RCNY meeting,  was inducted at the beginning of the meeting.

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Author: drcowinj

As an Assistant Professor for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education Dr. Cowin’s focus is on the Responsibility to Touro Students (Teaching), Responsibility to the Discipline (Scholarship), Responsibility to Touro College and Community (Service). Dr. Cowin strives to inspire students to be creative and to model the love of lifelong learning by inculcating the habits and attitudes that create agile mindsets. 21st-century learning extends well beyond the classroom, and Dr. Cowin incorporates takes full advantage of online learning technologies for L2 language acquisition and current global trends in teaching English as a Second Language She represents high levels of scholarship and participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publication, presentation and participation in academic conferences, articles in Education Update, blogging and other scholarly activities, including public performances or exhibitions at conferences and workshops such as the Plekhanov University of Economics keynote address in 2018. Of special interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education, Current Global Trends in Teaching English; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English – Methodology; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in Teaching English; and E-Resources Discovery and Analysis.

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