Category Archives: Language Training

Language training programs, both domestic and abroad.

Prof. Devel.: Designing Russian Courses for Advanced Proficiency (ACTR)

Deadline for application: December 6, 2017

Join ACTR for the webinar “The Backwards Flip: Designing Russian Courses for Advanced Proficiency”

Led by Thomas Garza (University of Texas at Austin)
Wednesday, December 6, 4:00-5:30 PM EST
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Language Training: Siberia by Southwest (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: December 30, 2017

Program participants—educators, future educators and students pursuing careers in fields critical to US national security—will study at the Irkutsk State University in the city of Irkutsk, located on the Trans-Siberian railroad in South Central Siberia, a remote region of Russia marked by a mosaic of cultures and a breathtaking range of geographic features and ecosystems.

Funded by a U.S. Department of Education long-term Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Training grant, the program is dedicated to providing US educators and students from higher education institutions across the southern and southwestern US with advanced Russian language training and an innovative disciplinary experience that will build both Russian language proficiency and professional skills.

The “Siberia by Southwest” program will provide 20 current/recent students, educators, and education administrators at the third- and fourth-year levels of language proficiency with ten weeks of advanced Russian-language and area studies training relevant to their future careers. Qualified instructors will provide intensive Russian language training in an interactive classroom environment four days a week. Student placement with Russian host families will deepen language immersion and direct engagement with the local culture.

Language learning will continue beyond the classroom through an interdisciplinary, project-based component guided by an on-site UT faculty member. Group or individual experiential learning projects will allow participants to connect their own academic or professional interests to their language and area studies training.

Participants will also explore the city and regional sites, as well as Moscow and St. Petersburg, in a number of planned excursions that will provide them with a broader picture of Russian history, culture, and contemporary issues.

“Siberia by Southwest” seeks to allow participants to play an active role in their own path to professionalization through experiential learning projects and the publication of concrete digital deliverables for future classroom and research use. The program will respond to vital regional interests through an emphasis on geography, energy, and the environment that corresponds to concerns shared by Texas, the Southwest, and Siberia.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Language Training: Russian Flagship Program (PSU)

Deadline for application: Rolling deadline

The Russian Flagship Program at Portland State University (PSU) invites inquiries from high school juniors and seniors, as well as community college students, who are interested in developing professional level proficiency in Russian, while they complete the undergraduate major of their choice.  Supported by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, PSU’s Russian Flagship Program prepares students for exciting careers using foreign language skills in a globalized world.

An urban university, located in Portland, Oregon, PSU hosts one of only four federally-funded Flagship programs for Russian in the United States.  Flagship students study in an innovative language program that helps them develop fluency in Russian through small classes taught in the target language, one-on-one conversation practice, and immersive study abroad programs, including a yearlong capstone program in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

PSU is committed to keeping undergraduate education affordable, and students can qualify for grants and scholarships, such as the Out-of-State Opportunity scholarships for non-residents. Prospective students from Western states may qualify for reduced tuition through the Western Undergraduate Exchange(WUE).

Interested students can learn more about our program at www.pdx.edu/russian-flagship.

Language Training: Russian Studies Workshop (Indiana U.)

Deadline for applications: April 20, 2018

With the generous support of a major grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) at Indiana University (IU) is offering awards of up to $6500 to cover tuition/mandatory fees (approximately $3000), and living costs to eligible students who enroll in a 6-credit graduate Russian course in the IU Summer Language Workshop (SLW) during the Summer 2018 session.

Eligibility: Students who: 1) are entering a PhD program in a social science discipline at a US university in Fall 2018 or are currently enrolled in their first year of a PhD program in a social science discipline at a US university; and 2) intend to study Russian at any level in SLW from May 29 (1st-Year, 2nd-year)/June 4 (3rd-Year through 6th-Year) to July 27, 2018.

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Language Training: Summer Language Study (ASU Critical Languages Institute)

Deadline for applications: January 26, 2018

The Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University’s Melikian Center is accepting applications for its 2018 summer language programs in the U.S. and abroad.

CLI offers intensive courses in less commonly taught languages in the U.S. and overseas. CLI students pay a flat fee of $1,500 for up to 13 semester credits, in addition to study-abroad fees if they opt to study overseas.

Generous scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-students:

– Department of State Title VIII Fellowships for selected languages

– ROTC Project GO Scholarships for selected languages

– Melikian Scholarships for all languages

– Language-specific support for several languages

See https://cli.asu.edu for details and to apply.

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Language Training: Russian Heritage Speakers Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: October 15, 2017 & February 15, 2018

The Russian Heritage Speakers Program is intended to address the specific needs of students who speak Russian at home or with relatives, or who grew up speaking Russian and wish to strengthen their Russian skills. Program participants work with American Councils staff and host university faculty to develop an individualized program serving their unique needs as language learners. All programs focus on the development of Russian language skills, including grammar, conversation, and phonetics. Participants receive a minimum of twelve hours per week of in-class contact hours. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Continue reading

Language Training: Armenian Language Schools (ARMACAD)

Deadline for Applications: October 25, 2017

After organizing 3 Armenian Studies Summer Schools and 1 winter school in Armenia ARMACAD is now pleased to announce its second International Armenian Language Winter School in Yerevan, Armenia to take place from December 04, 2017 to December 15, 2017.
This 12 days’ winter school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Armenian, reading and interpreting Armenian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Armenian.

The program will be launched in Yerevan on December 04 and will continue till December 15, with only 1 free day on December 10.

This school is designed for students, at least 18 years-old, who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Eastern Armenian language, deepen their knowledge of Armenian Grammar, colloquial speech and literary language. It offers an intensive Armenian language course spanning 40 hours, divided into 11 days of instruction and focusing on grammar, reading, speaking, and writing.

During the winter school lectures on Armenian literature, anthropology and history will also be offered, as one of the purposes of the school is to expand the academic network of our winter school participants in Armenia.

ARMACAD Armenian language winter school is open to anyone with upper elementary knowledge of the Armenian language. The Armenian language classes are organized with the academic interests of the participants in mind to ensure that BA, MA, Ph.D. students as well as post-docs and professors can benefit from it.

Language Training: Eurasian Regional Language Program (Bryn Mawr College)

Deadline for applications: October 16, 2017

American Councils for International Education is currently accepting applications for the spring 2018 semester Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP).

The American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages spoken in Eurasia. Participants may choose from a wide range of regional languages, including Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Buryat, Chechen, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Romanian, Tajiki, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Yakut.

The program offers comprehensive, two-day pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. as well as on-site orientation in each host city; expert university faculty and classrooms of only 1 to 5 participants to maximize individual attention to each learner’s needs; 15-18 hours per week of in-class target language instruction in grammar, phonetics, conversation, culture and area studies;  housing with carefully-vetted host families; U.S. academic credit (administered through Bryn Mawr College); conversation partners who assist U.S. students with language learning; and creative excursions that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer students new insights into the host country life and culture.

Students admitted to the Eurasian Regional Language Program are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), Boren, FLAS, and the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund.

Prospective applicants should check the program website for more information and to access the online application. The application deadline for these programs is October 16, 2017. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team (phone: 202-833-7522; email:outbound@americancouncils.org).

 

Funding Opportunity: U.S. Department of State Title VIII Research Fellowships in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe (American Councils for International Education)

Deadline for applications: October 2, 2017

American Councils for International Education is currently accepting applications for the next cycle of U.S. Department of State Title VIII Research Fellowships in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships are offered in two categories:

Title VIII Research Scholar Program:
Provides full support for research in policy-relevant fields in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program:
Provides full support for research and individualized language instruction in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; logistical support; and up to 10 academic hours per week of language instruction. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Continue reading

Language Training: Autumn School of Russian Language and Culture (Arkhangelsk, Russia)

Deadline for Registration: July 01, 2017

For the fourth time international students from all around the world will come to Arkhangelsk for NArFU’s annual Autumn School of Russian Language and Culture, and they are pleased to invite you to join them in September 2017 and have an unforgettable experience in the Russian North!

Extensive programme of the Autumn School combines language course and cultural module offering an individual approach to every student. Russian language classes are complemented by interactive lectures in local museums and creative workshops while the famous Northern hospitality will undoubtedly contribute to your positive emotions during the programme. A diverse cultural programme offered in the afternoon can be organized according to your personal interest.

Language Course:

  • September, 11-30
  • Level: A1-B2
  • Groups up until 10 people
  • Tuition waiver for Russian Quota Scholarship grantees
  • Participation certificate (5 ECTS)
Course Fee:

  • 16 000 rubles (travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included)
Accommodation & Transfer:

  • Rooms in NArFU’s dormitories (3000 rubles)
  • Wireless Internet service in the university and dormitory
  • Personal assistance by NArFU’s volunteers incl. transfer from and to the airport/railway station
Visa:

  • Invitation is issued by NArFU free of charge (not tourist visa!)
Travel:
  • Direct flights from Moscow (Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports) and Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo airport) – app. 1.5 hours
  • Railroad connection from Moscow and Saint Petersburg – app. 24 hours
Registration is open until July, 1st. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact them at international@narfu.ru or via Facebook.