Middlebury

 

Our students have many opportunities to practice their Russian in a variety of authentic settings and situations.  Whether driving  to Brighton Beach with SPUTNIK, the student club, sharing a meal at the Russian language table, or enjoying a film in the Russian House, they find the  Russian-centered activities  a perfect complement to classroom study, and valuable preparation for meeting and speaking with Russians in real life.

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Russian House (Русский дом)

The Russian program has its own academic house, in which the student residents  pledge to speak only Russian. The house  serves as the center for numerous activities and get-togethers. Upperclassmen can apply to live in the Russian house, and everyone is always free to drop in for a visit.

Russian Table  (Русский стол)

A sit-down lunch with fellow students and a faculty member or TA is a great place to enjoy informal language practice.

Russian Table
Waiter service in the language adds to the atmosphere.

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Russian Choir  (Русский хор)

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Founded in 1984, the Middlebury Russian Choir is a unique student choir dedicated to sharing and preserving folk music from all over the former Soviet Union.  Led by Professor Kevin Moss, formerly of the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, the choir sings authentic folk songs and music from the Russian Orthodox Church.  It is open to speakers and non-speakers alike and always welcomes new members.

SPUTNIK (СПУТНИК)  the student club

Students from all backgrounds get together with our many Russian and Eastern European exchange students to talk, listen to the latest Russian pop hits, celebrate Russian holidays, plan hikes, picnics, and day- or overnight trips, and generally have a good time.

The photos below show students preparing shashlyk at the popular fall picnic, a group practicing Russian songs, the Russian entry at International Karaoke Night, students performing in the annual ISO show, and an enthusiastic Russian House resident.

Student Activities

 

Middlebury's many extracurricular activities involving Russian let students practice the language in a variety of authentic settings and situations.  Whether driving  to Brighton Beach with SPUTNIK, the student club, having a meal at the Russian language table, or enjoying a film in the Russian House, students find the  Russian-centered activities  a perfect complement to classroom study, and valuable preparation for meeting and speaking with Russians in real life.