"My experience in the Startalk Program proved invaluable in my formation as a Russian language instructor. In the program, I learned the nuts and bolts of language pedagogy in a way that was tailored specifically to the teaching of Russian. I was able to observe the classes taught by top-notch faculty in the premier summer Russian language program in the United States, and I received excellent feedback on teaching practices from Startalk organizers and fellow participants alike.

What makes this program the collegiality of all interactions, whether among Startalk participants or with students and faculty of the Middlebury Russian School. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to teach Russian at the secondary or post-secondary levels."

-- Cassio de Oliveira, 2013 Participant

myers_holly_2014"In the Startalk Program, I learned how to think about my Russian language teaching in a more sophisticated way: to make decisions based on second-language acquisition theories and established methodologies -- not just gut instinct -- and informed by extended conversations with more experienced colleagues. In particular, our work on the proper structure and progression of a lesson, the contextualization of exercises and activities, and approaches to student error correction led to significant improvements in my teaching. This program offers the unique opportunity to build Russian teaching skills in an immersive Russian language environment, surrounded by some of the best and most devoted Russian language teachers in the world. The program is exceptionally well run by Evgeny Dengub and Irina Dubinina, whose careful planning, endless energy, thoughtful feedback, insights, and attention to detail have much to do with the program’s success and its lasting impact on participants’ teaching."
-- Holly Myers, 2013 Participant