K-12 Opportunity: Russian Language “Summer Camp” for 9th-12th Graders (Online)

Dates: June 12-23, 2017

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“In response to a request this spring, I’ll be offering again an online Russian Language ‘Summer Camp’ for 9th-12th graders this June.

When: June 12-23, 2017; Live Sessions MTWThF 9:30-11am Pacific Time
Where: Online – participants require a computer with broadband access and a pair of working headsets with a microphone; wireless device can work in a pinch as well (if traveling for part of the ‘camp’)
What: It’ll be a 2-week ‘taster’ course in which we explore a variety of language functions with minimal vocabulary (cognates where possible) to make the quick pace doable and fun.
Who: 9th-12th graders (entering 9th grade and just graduated 12th grade are welcome); minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 15
Purpose: to give a taste of what studying Russian is like for those who are considering taking a longer and more comprehensive class and to get a chance to interact with peers from all over.
And feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Emily Saunders “

Job: Summer Russian Language Instructor (STARTALK)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) seeks an educator with experience teaching Russian at the high school level to serve as an instructor in our STARTALK program.  Twenty high school students will engage in an intensive and immersive 4-week residential summer program on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus.  10 students are absolute beginners; 10 have completed one year of Russian study at their home high school.  The ideal candidate for this position will have a detailed knowledge of ACTFL’s 5 C’s of Foreign Language Education and experience building these goal areas into curricula.

The Pitt STARTALK program runs June 18-July 15, 2017.  The instructor will work with a strong team, comprised of one additional instructor and three graduate students who act as the program’s TA/RAs.  All staff members are provided housing and meals for the duration of the program.   The instructor, ideally, will be available to arrive to Pittsburgh by June 15 to engage in pre-program organization and training.


  • Minimum of superior-level Russian language proficiency.
  • Experience teaching Russian to high school students
  • Available June 15-July 15, 2017 to be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Available in advance of the program to collaborate on curriculum over the phone and/or on Skype with other instructors.
  • Experience with a performance-based communicative approach to foreign language pedagogy
  • Familiarity with ACTFL’s Proficiency Benchmarks and Can-do statements and 5 C’s of Foreign Language Education


  • Experience teaching underserved minority students
  • Strong background in foreign language pedagogy
  • Strong background in assessment-based proficiency goals

Those interested in the position should send a cover letter and resume addressed to Dawn Seckler, Das200@pitt.edu. Review of materials will begin immediately. Suitable candidates will be contacted for a phone or Skype interview.

Prof. Devel.: 2017 Discover Russian STARTALK Teacher Professional Development (Fairfax, VA)

Deadline for Applications: May 19, 2017

2017 Discover Russian STARTALK Teacher Professional Development

American Councils for International Education and Fairfax County Public Schools/TJHSST will offer a professional development program for teachers of Russian: “Roadmap for the Teaching and Learning of Russian with the World-Readiness Standards”

Program Dates: July 17 – 28, 2017 (FAIRFAX, VA)

Arrival Date: Out of town participants may arrive on Sunday,  July 16, 2017.
Last Day of Program: Friday, July 28th is a half day. Program ends at Noon.

This standards-based course is designed to provide teachers of Russian an intensive two week professional development program that focuses on current pedagogical theory in the teaching and learning of Russian. Program discussions will the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Participants will also learn how technology can help their students increase language proficiency, and how to develop assessments that target the three learning modes. Other discussion topics will include how to create comprehensible input in classes that leads to comprehensible output, as well as more advanced elements of differentiated instruction. Micro-teaching and observation will be integral parts of the course.  A two day MOPI (Modified Oral Proficiency Interview) training workshop will be included in this program. Continue reading “Prof. Devel.: 2017 Discover Russian STARTALK Teacher Professional Development (Fairfax, VA)”