Russian Student Program

Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space

July 16-August 10, 2012 at the University of Washington Language Learning Center in Denny Hall

Highlights of the Program:

STEM Presentation (Powerpoint slide show)

Photo and Video Overview of the Program

The STARTALK Student Program, "Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space", aims to enroll 20 high school and college Russian heritage students in a four-week intensive language program meeting five hours a day for a total of 100 instructional hours. Students will be introduced to MOODLE, an interactive and collaborative software network, language self-assessment and goal setting through LinguaFolio Online and language learning through social networking via Livemocha. They will be able to earn five UW credits by enrolling in RUSS 499 and also have an opportunity to complete the ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview computer-based) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test). High School students may be able to use these results in order to receive high school credit for proficiency. All students will receive placement results for future study of Russian at the UW.

The differentiated teaching and learning environment using the national standards will increase students' proficiency in all three communication modes: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. The main proficiency goal is to increase students' proficiency by approximately one sub-level, e.g., Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid or Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High, in Interpretive Reading, Presentational Speaking, and Presentational Writing. For the Interpersonal Mode, students will increase their linguistic accuracy and sensitivity to cultural norms, e.g., social register and extended linguistic forms not typically encountered in intimate family speech.

A powerful component will be woven into this program - content-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - through a partnership with the Museum of Flight.The STEM-based lessons will be taught by experienced teachers, Svetlana Abramova, Veronika Egorova, and Lena Doubivko and will be designed to go together with three trips to the Museum of Flight where the students will be able to use Russian as they work with the aviation and space expeditions' materials, participate in activities of the Aviation Learning Center and the Challenger Learning Center.

Highlights:

  • 20 high school and college Russian heritage students
  • 4-week intensive language program, 5 hours a day (total 100 instructional hours)
  • 5 UW credits by enrolling in RUSS 499 through the Slavic Department
  • Content-based learning
  • Integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through a partnership with the Museum of Flight
  • Self-assessment and goal setting through LinguaFolio Online
  • Online language learning through social networking via LiveMocha
  • Scholarship assistance for ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview computer-based) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test)
  • High school students may earn high school credit for proficiency
  • Slavic Department placement results for future study of Russian at the UW
  • Proficiency goals: increase students' proficiency by approximately one sub-level, e.g., Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid or Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High, in Interpretive Reading, Presentational Speaking, and Presentational Writing. For Interpersonal Mode, students will increase their linguistic accuracy and sensitivity to cultural norms, e.g., social register and extended linguistic forms not typically encountered in intimate family speech.

UW Summer Quarter Registration Fee for the four-week Student Program: $42

Program Director: Lena Doubivko doubivko@uw.edu

Student Program Lead Instructor: Dr. Svetlana Abramova

Instructor and Technical Lead: Veronika Egorova

Consultant: Galina Zakashanskaya

Student Program 2011: Russian in the 21st Century: Language, Drama, and STEM


Program Information:

STARTALK Student Program Flyer (PDF)

STARTALK Student Information Sheet (PDF)

Student Program Frequently Asked Questions

View Highlights from 2011 Student Program: Russian in the 21st Century: Language, Drama, and STEM

Student Program Permission Forms:

Minor Photo Consent Form

Minor Video Consent Form

Non-minor Photo Consent Form

Non-minor Video Consent Form


University of Washington Language Learning Center Seattle, WA 98195-4340    Phone:     Email: startalk@u.washington.edu