Prof. Devel.: Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing (Duke U.)

Session 1 Dates: July 12-14, 2017
Session 2 Dates: July 14-16, 2017

is pleased to announce its Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing

Session 1 (July 12-14)—Acquisition, Techniques, and Technologies
Session 2 (July 14-16)—Russian Proficiency Testing

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from July 12-16 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages.

The summer institute will be held in two sessions offered back-to-back. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Both sessions will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Session 1 (July 12-14): The first session will include presentations by speakers from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and other leading institutions on topics including:
•       Teaching language and culture through film
•       Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels
•       The use of technology in the language classroom
•       Integrating heritage students in the language classroom
•       Addressing the needs of differently-abled students
•       Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials
•       The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction
•       Popular culture and language instruction
Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

Session 2 (July 14-16): The second session will consist of a workshop on Russian language proficiency testing conducted by a leading Russian language proficiency test developer who is a TRKI [тестирование русского как иностранного] examiner. TRKI is the Russian Federation language proficiency testing system for five areas of linguistic competence (aural comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/lexicon) developed and administered by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is the Russian component of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe.

Cost: There are NO registration or tuition fees to attend the SEELRC Summer Institute. Any participant may attend one or both sessions. However, participants must pay for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and food. Lunches and one dinner will be provided. Depending on the availability of funds, SEELRC may award partial stipends to defray travel costs to qualified applicants.

Lodging: SEELRC staff will assist participants in making housing arrangements. Accommodations will be within walking distance of the Duke campus.
Attendance for the summer institute is limited to 20 people.

Interested language instructors should contact Michael Newcity at for further information.