Critical Languages Training, Funding, and Info Sessions (Arizona State University)

Info Sessions: October 5, 15, 28, 2020

From Arizona State:

As we did in 2019, CLI 2020 offered training in 12 less-commonly-taught languages: Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek. However, this summer’s program was our first (involuntary) foray into online learning. Students and faculty from across the country and across the world came together on Zoom 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. Many of them also joined us for virtual co-curricular activities, which included cultural presentations, expert talks, and grant and career info sessions. In the end, CLI served more students than ever before and both internal and independent proficiency testing has demonstrated that these students made substantial gains in fluency and comprehension. (For instance, our internal testing showed that nearly 60% of first-year students reached intermediate proficiency or higher after 7 or 8 weeks! Independent proficiency testing showed that our Title VIII fellows in programs ranging from first-year Armenian to fourth-year Russian gained an average of 3.2 proficiency levels.) This is a reflection not only of their focus and determination, but of the dedication, energy, and creativity of our CLI faculty.  

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Study Abroad Spring Language Programs (American Councils)

Deadline: October 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, American Councils is offering its Spring 2021 language programs as both overseas and online options. Applicants interested in remote study abroad can connect with host country faculty and peers through one of the virtual opportunities available for the Spring 2021 semester. To learn more about these programs and how to apply, please visit https://acstudyabroad.org/spring2021/

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Free Virtual Russian Pronunciation Master Class

Kimberly DiMattia will be offering a free virtual Master Class in Russian Pronunciation this fall based on her textbook Unlocking Russian Pronunciation (which can be found at: https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/unlocking-russian-pronunciation-supplementary-multimedia-mini-course-phonetics-based-famous). The course is open to students at all levels of Russian as well as to instructors who would like to observe Dr. DiMattia’s method in action and apply it to their own teaching!

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Virtual Study Abroad: Learn Russian in the EU

Deadline: September 6, 2020

“Learn Russian in the European Union” designed full-featured virtual study abroad programs and a set of flexible online components that may be integrated into Russian curriculum at home universities in the Fall 2020 semester.

In spring and summer 2020, we completed several successful and feature-rich virtual study abroad programs for our long-time partners in the USA. Now we make this experience and infrastructure available to all students, teachers and universities.

“Learn Russian in the EU” is accepting applications for Fall 2020 Semester programs:

•   Virtual semester abroad program: Russian language and cultural communication
This program includes academic courses (standard and electives), individual peer communication tutors, and interactive virtual excursions. 
Daugavpils University will award 24 ECTS (12 US) credits.

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Translation and Interpreting Studies Program (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline: August 2020

 Translation and Interpreting Studies program (UWM TIS).

Due to stringent and immediate budget cuts imposed by our administration, the Russian to English track is “likely to be suspended for the foreseeable future” (read: cancelled) unless more students enroll in the 3-credit-hour Introductory Russian to English Translation Workshop *this fall*. I have been informed that our admin is aware of the value of TIS, of Russian expertise, etc.; still, something must go in order for the department to comply with system-wide financial measures, so this Russian translation seminar is on the chopping block unless enrollment increases enough to make the course profitable. 

If you or someone you know might be interested in Russian to English translation, please reach out to Anne Fisher at fisherao AT uwm DOT edu so she can expedite your UWM application and free 2-hour online qualifying exam.

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Online Language/Translation Courses and Workshops from SRAS

Deadline: (varies) August 15 – September 25, 2020

Full courses  

·         Perspectives on US-Russia Relations (3 US Credits)
2020 has provided us with many opportunities to look at the world from varying perspectives, to consider the rise of globalism and its effects, and to evaluate the relationships between countries. In this course, we examine the US-Russia relationship in depth. Students will also virtually tour St. Petersburg and Moscow. 

·         Central Asian Studies (3 US Credits)
This 10-week course provides an overview of the political, socio-economic as well as the historical and religious dimensions of the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. Lectures will be combined with virtual workshops in crafts, cooking, and yurt building as well as virtual tours of Bishkek, Almaty, and Bukhara. 

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Online Russian Language (GRINT Centre, Moscow)

Deadline: (Fall Online Program) August 6; (Spring 2021) October 25; (Summer 2021) May 2021

The University of Arizona (UA), in partnership with the GRINT Centre in Moscow, is accepting applications for the online study of Russian language at all levels for the Fall 2020 session. The Fall program runs from September 14 – December 11, 2020, and students will earn 14-15 UA credits. The language component consists of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lessons, homework, etc., as well as individualized conversation sessions. In addition to the language classes, students will participate in a culture course and engage in a robust Moscow-based cultural component of online theatre performances, concerts, virtual excursions, and more.

The UA-Moscow application and information about the Fall 2020 program can be found at https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/moscow.

Questions about the program may be directed to the UA-Moscow coordinator, Dr. Benjamin Jens, at bcjens@email.arizona.edu.

Online Croatian Language Course (University of Zagreb)

Deadline: August 28, 2020 (Fall); February 26, 2021 (Spring)

The University of Zagreb, the Croatian Heritage Foundation & the University Computing Centre offer an e-learning course of the Croatian language at the beginner level. The course is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of Croatian, or with very basic knowledge of the language.

Program

The proposed course is a form of distance learning, more precisely, it is e-learning through a learning management system (LMS) and also through 24 teaching hours with experienced language instructors (native speakers) over Skype or Webinar. The course is not offered in a form of software that can be bought and used after the course finishes, but it is in a form of interactive teaching materials accessible on the LMS during the course duration.

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Language Training: Online Language Programs (American Councils)

Deadline (extended): July 31, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, American Councils Study Abroad will be running modified programs in Fall 2020.

Online Programs: Full-Time or Part-Time*

*Full-Time programs feature approximately 240 total contact hours over the course of the semester and award 16 undergraduate/15 graduate credits. Part-Time programs feature approximately 112 total contact hours over the course of the semester and award 8 undergraduate/10 graduate credits. 

Hybrid Programs (7 weeks online; 7 weeks in-country**)

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Resource: Golosa Russian Language Textbook PDF Free for Fall 2020

FOR FALL 2020 GOLOSA, 5TH EDITION, IS AVAILABLE FREE IN PDF. ANCILLARIES ARE FREE ONLINE.

Please see the Golosa Inter-edition Download Site for details.

Background information 

Golosa is leaving Pearson, Inc. for Routledge Publishers. Pearson, Inc. the former publisher has released the copyright for the current edition. The company will no longer print the book. Pearson ancillary materials (audio, video, MyRussianLab) will remain online until December 31, 2020.

The new Golosa 6th edition will be available from Routledge in early 2022.

In the meantime…

You may download all the PDFs for the current 5th edition.

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