Prof. Devel: Russian Flagship Workshop: “Teaching Russian from the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency” (UCLA)

Deadline for Applications: May 20, 2017

The UCLA Russian Flagship Center will host a five- day workshop titled “Teaching Russian from the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency” on July 31 through August 4, 2017 on the UCLA campus.

Progressing from Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 proficiency may be the most challenging stage of language acquisition and of teaching Russian. This workshop will focus on techniques and strategies to address this challenge.

Each day of the workshop will feature a morning presentation by a faculty expert followed by an afternoon working group session focusing on specific skills. The workshop will also include presentations by instructors from the Russian Flagship Programs. The workshop will be conducted in a highly interactive participatory manner and will encourage active discussion by all participants. 

Workshop faculty members include:

–Dr. Ray Clifford, Brigham Young University, who will compare the principles of reading proficiency assessment with the principles of instructional practice and highlight the contrasts. 

–Dr. Charlene Polio, Michigan State University, who will discuss research methods used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition to the advanced/2 level.

–Dr. Cindy Martin, University of Maryland, College Park, who will focus on modes of communication in speaking and listening and discuss discourse features appropriate to the Intermediate/1 and Advanced/2 levels. 

We will accept a limited number of participants. The workshop is free of charge, but participants will need to cover their travel and hotel.

More information on the workshop schedule will be made available in early May. 

Interested participants should send an e-mail and a cv to Olga Kagan ( by May 20.