The 2013 Startalk Institute for Teachers of Russian was a great success! The Davis School of Russian hopes to offer future opportunities of this kind for prospective and current instructors of Russian. We will post news about special programs for teachers on this page.
Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for Teachers of Russian
July 15 - 31, 2013
The principles of second language acquisition and pedagogy and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century will serve as foundation for this intensive pedagogy program hosted by the Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.
The program’s target audience are graduate students who are starting to teach Russian and teachers in middle and high schools.
Participants will learn how to choose appropriate pedagogical strategies and develop effective teaching and assessment practices that will bring their students to linguistic and cultural proficiency in Russian. The program curriculum will focus on communicative learner-centered instruction, which uses interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication and integrates the five standards (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities).
Participants will also be exposed to the teaching and linguistic expertise of the Middlebury Russian faculty, who will open their classrooms for observations and, as guest lecturers, will lead a series of workshops and seminars. Participants will demonstrate mastery of the material by designing and implementing a number of classroom activities and a final lesson. Participants additionally will benefit from the Russian School’s intensive environment by interacting with students and teachers at cultural events and meals.
Tuition, lodging expenses, meals, textbooks, and classroom materials will be paid by grant funding, and each participant will receive a travel reimbursement for up to $250. Participants will receive one unit of graduate credit.
Irina Dubinina, PhD, director of the Russian program at Brandeis University, will serve as a lead instructor and Evgeny Dengub, PhD, a lead instructor at the Russian School and lecturer in Russian at Amherst College, will serve as the Program Director.
Eligibility requirements: Candidates must be currently teaching or planning to teach Russian in the United States. Russian language proficiency must be at the graduate level.
For more information about the 2013 STARTALK Institute at the Davis School of Russian, please consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You may also contact the STARTALK Program Director, Evgeny Dengub, at firstname.lastname@example.org.