STARTALK Summer Institute for Teachers of Russian

From Middlebury College’s Katheryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian:



We are pleased to invite you to apply to the 2013 STARTALK Summer Institute for Teachers of Russian, which will take place at Middlebury College’s Katheryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian in July 2013. Funded by STARTALK, a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), the program is designed for current and future teachers of Russian at the high school and university level who are looking to develop and expand their teaching strategies and understanding of second language acquisition.  


Participants will spend 16 days in Middlebury’s immersion program taking part in seminars and hands-on workshops, observing intensive language classes at various levels, visiting with guest speakers and developing a teaching portfolio with peer-reviewed teaching materials, classroom activities and effective assessment practices. In addition, participants will be part of the Russian School intensive language program, which requires that only the target language be spoken, and will have the opportunity to formally and informally meet with Russian School instructors and students of all levels. 


By the end of the program, participants will have learned and practiced second language acquisition theory, approaches to teaching Russian in a specifically communicative, learner-focused way and, material design, lesson planning, and testing strategies.


Lodging expenses, 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.


To apply, please go to and download the application (in the right hand column) and email by May 1st with the subject line “Startalk Application.” Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.


If you have questions, please visit our website at or contact Program Director Dr. Evgeny Dengub 


Program dates: July 15th – 31st, 2013
Application due date: May 1st, 2013


Natalie McCauley
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor