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Russian Summer Language Program

Russian is again emerging (after a lull in the last decade of the twentieth century) as a language of importance in the arena of international politics and business/commerce. It has never ceased to be such a language in the world of literature and culture. At the Russian Summer Language Institute, we’ll cover all of the fundamentals of grammar necessary to meet the demands of language use and communication in everyday life, which include conversing (speaking and listening) and reading, the latter being essential for newspapers, completion of forms, etc.  We’ll also introduce you to Russian history and culture (music, literature, film) and pop culture. 

Pedagogy and Philosophy

We describe our program as intensive and accelerated. We use a well-established communicatively oriented textbook (GOLOSA) supplemented, in the last two weeks, by instructor material which presents more advanced grammatical information relevant to all, but primarily to those who wish to use Russian in scholarly pursuits (reading original texts). With regard to the presentation of material, we divide the day into two parts: morning, which focuses on grammar, reading, and listening; and afternoon, which focuses on speaking and writing, with continued attention to grammar and listening. Students are expected to participate actively in both the morning and afternoon sessions, which both involve board and group work. Our over-arching goal is to put the language to use.

What students say about Russian SLI:

Thank you again for an incredible experience at the Summer Language Institute...If there's one lesson I took away from the summer, it is confidence; confidence that I can tackle this language, no matter how daunting it seems, if I want it hard enough. And now armed with a strong foundation of grammar, I am more confident than ever.