Prof. Dev: American Councils 2023 Summer Russian Language Teacher Professional Development Program and Fellowship

Deadline: March 1, 2023

American Councils and ACTR are pleased to announce the 2023 Summer Russian Language Teacher Professional Development Program and Fellowship Opportunity at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. We kindly ask your assistance in drawing this opportunity to the attention of potentially interested colleagues. Please note that this opportunity is also open to current graduate students who intend to pursue a career in Russian pedagogy.    

Fifteen (15) U.S. teachers will be accepted and funded for participation in the 2023 program, which will consist of small group work, individual tutorials, and seminars based on a curriculum which emphasizes four-skill communication in contemporary Russian, clarity and confidence of teacher self-expression, advanced grammar in context, and an expanded understanding of the diverse peoples and cultures that make up the Russian-speaking world today. 

The ACTR Board has recommended a priority in 2023 for in-service K-12 teachers and university-level instructors or teaching fellows holding a teaching appointment for AY 2023-24. Applications from teachers serving historically under-represented US populations are particularly encouraged.   

Participants will reside with local, Russian-speaking professional families and participate in cultural activities and excursions. American Councils shares academic leadership of the program with KazNU; on-site organizational and emergency support includes a full-time US resident director and dedicated local staff for the duration of the program. 

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive academic credit from Bryn Mawr College. More detailed information about the program can be found at

Please submit your applications here by March 1, 2023 and do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions.

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