K-12: STARTALK 2016 Program for Teachers of Russian (U of Iowa)

Deadline: May 10, 2016

Faculty member in The Department of Asian and Slavic Languages (part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Irina Kostina, Senior lecturer; Marina Kostina, CEO of Wired@Heart; and Anastasia Pryanikova, CEO of E-Studio, LLC have received the fifth grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap: STARTALK, Teachers and High Tech.”

STARTALK 2016 program for Teachers of Russian will put great emphasis on high technology in education. Our outcomes will be: (1) the creation of innovative learning materials based on contemporary methodology, such as serial lectures for students of Russian based on 21st Century curriculum topics; (2) use of technological tools in the classroom;(3) the creation of learning objects and the use of devices such as iPads and tablets for distance learning.

This summer program (120 instructional hours) starts with an online module on June 27, 2016 and ends with a four-day on-site workshop and conference at the University of Iowa (July 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, 2016). Online work will take 4-5 hours daily (M-F) for new participants and fewer hours for returning participants. Your expenses for the travel and daily expenses are paid for (500 dollars)

The program provides unique professional training for teachers of Russian as a foreign language in the United States. Our program focuses on teaching standards accepted both in the U.S. and Russia for teaching Russian as a foreign language, unique issues of teaching in distance learning environments, practical training in using instructional technology for teaching and leading lessons in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) manner, where the students can utilize iPads and tablets during their Russian lessons. Using iPads enables portability learning where teaching and learning can extend to spaces beyond the traditional classroom. We strongly believe that this increases flexibility and new opportunities for interaction. We also plan to maintain and expand our virtual library of computer-based learning objects for teaching Russian and make our resources available to other programs via the STARTALK website.
CEU credits will be provided for participation in this program.

We invite instructors of Russian at K-12 and college level as well as graduate students to participate in our program.

If you have any questions, please contact Irina Kostina, Ph.D:
 (319) 621-2196
E-mail: irina-kostina@uiowa.edu