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Russian for STEM and Professional Purposes: Curricula and Assessment

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Friday, May 20, 2022 to Friday, May 20, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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In recent years, universities and schools have witnessed a growing interest in LSP courses, in particular learning language in the context of professional (STEM) majors. In addition, many career tracks in federal and private sectors need employees with advanced critical language proficiency, including Russian. Such courses could offer a welcome higher-level addition to existing Russian language programs, and potentially could encourage more students to double-major in Russian language. Despite the growing demand for specialists with a command of Russian in their chosen STEM discipline, pedagogical materials and approaches are lacking. This workshop brings together several educators who have experience in creating and teaching STEM-based courses and summer programs at K-16 level.


Irina Walsh (Bryn Mawr College)

Anna Kudyma (University of California, Los Angeles)


Maria Khotimsky, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presentation: Teaching Russian for STEM at the Intermediate Level

Veronika Egorova, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Presentation: STARTALK grant project Choose to Study Russian for Professional Needs

Svetlana Abramova, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Presentation: Advanced Russian through STEM at the University of Washington

Irina Six, Ph.D.

University of Kansas

Presentation: Functional Approach to Teaching Russian for Students with Different Academic Interests: Ideas from KU “Russian for Professions

Sponsor(s): UCLA Russian Flagship Center, Domestic Russian Flagship programs at Bryn Mawr College and University of Wisconsin–Madison