Category Archives: Language Training

Language training programs, both domestic and abroad.

Language Training: Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program (STARTALK)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2018

This intensive program is designed to provide highly motivated students with an opportunity to quickly acquire and/or improve proficiency in Russian, which has been designated by the U.S. government as a “critical need” language. Fluent Russian speakersare currently in high demand in international business, science, military, and government sectors. Participants will also learn about contemporary Russia’s influence, politics, national identity, and culture for a well-rounded, holistic view of a fascinatingnation in transition.

Students who are accepted into this competitive program will engage in a six-week residential immersion program at CSUN during Summer 2018.

 2018 SUMMER IMMERSION RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

v  Level of Instruction: Novice-Mid to Advanced

v  Location: Campus of California State University, Northridge

v  Duration: June 7, 2018 – July 13, 2018

ELIGIBILITY: Russian language learners from any university, community college, ROTC program, or local high school are welcome to apply. Selected applicants will be screened and assessed by program staff.

Selected participants will be tested to determine entrance-level proficiency and placed in appropriate learning cohorts. Those admitted must commit to fully apply themselves to the program and to follow it to completion. Participantspledge to speak exclusively in Russian throughout the program.

v  NUMBER OF STUDENTS TO BE ACCEPTED: 20

v  2018 APPLICATION PERIOD: February 1 – March 30

v  FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dina Mokhnatkin

 

Email: dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu; phone: 818-677-3593 or 818-677-3450

Website: http://www.csun.edu/humanities/startalk

Mail to: Dina Mokhnatkin; California State University, Northridge; Liberal Studies, EA 100

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8247

Language Training: Hebrew and Polish Summer Institute (Arizona State Uni. in Tempe)

Deadline for Scholarship Applications: February 28, 2018

Arizona State University of Tempe’s Critical Language Institute has announced their Summer Language Training Programs. This year, they have extended the deadline for scholarships and applications to their Hebrew and Polish Intensive Language Trainings.

These intensive courses taught at Arizona State University in Tempe cover an entire academic year’s worth of material in seven weeks.  It’s an ideal way for students with previous language experience to get the basics of their next language.

Details may be found at: https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/languages

Prof. Devel.: Russian Teachers Development Course (Riga, Latvia)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing

RUSSIAN TEACHERS DEVELOPMENT COURSE

The Russian Teachers Development Course has been created for non-native and native speakers of Russian teaching at primary, secondary, vocational schools, colleges and universities or language centrs for adults at Beginners, Elementary and Intermediate levels. It is recommended that the participants have a level of Russian at CEF level no less than B1 (B1, B1+, B2 or B2+). The participants can choose to study 1 or 2 weeks.

Objectives: To master language training, learning and teaching methodologies. The focus will be on teaching techniques of a foreign language without translation but by the help of explanation.

Outcome: Russian Teachers Development course will improve your confidence in lesson delivery and expand your range of methodological approaches to enhance classroom practice.

FACTS ABOUT RUSSIAN TEACHERS DEVELOPMENT COURSES:

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Study Abroad: Eurasian Regional Language Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is currently accepting applications for its summer 2018 Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP).  The application deadline is February 15, and applications can be submitted here.

About the 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 of Eurasia. Participants may choose to study one of 16 regional languages:

Armenian, Azeri, Bashkir, Buryat, Chechen, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Pashto, Romanian, Tatar, Ukrainian, Uzbek, or Yakut

PROGRAM DATES, Summer 2018

June 6 – August 9, 2018

KEY FEATURES

  • Expert university faculty with a unique understanding of U.S. students and American academic culture;
  • Classrooms of only 1 to 5 participants to maximize individual attention to each learner’s needs;
  • 15-20 hours per week of in-class target language instruction in grammar, conversation, culture and area studies;
  • U.S. academic credit for coursework in the target language;
  • Home-stay housing with carefully vetted host families;
  • Conversation partners who assist U.S. students with language learning and help them find a niche in their host-country communities;
  • Weekly cultural activities that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer students new insights into the host country life and culture;
  • Comprehensive pre-departure orientation as well as on-site orientation in each host city;
  • An active and extensive alumni network that includes international business consultants, professional translators, area-studies experts, and journalists reporting from the region.

COST

Program cost includes tuition, room and board, cultural activities, visa support, comprehensive overseas insurance, 24/7 emergency support, pre-departure orientation, and academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

FINANCIAL AID

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

Additionally, American Councils is pleased to offer special funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship of $4000 is available to overseas Persian language students in Dushanbe, Tajikistan during the Summer 2018 session. Please see the program website for more information.

QUESTIONS?

For program applications and detailed information, please visit the program website or send an email. American Councils staff will also be glad to speak with you and can be reached at 202-833-7522.

Study Abroad: Summer Language Program in Astana, Kazakhstan (Nazarbayev University and Uni. Arizona)

Deadline for Applications: February 25, 2018

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, has  announced their next session of the Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES). They are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for the 2018 summer sessions. There are both 8-week and 5-week programs available.

American students have an option to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits.The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants.  For more information, visit the program’s website at https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-kazakhstan

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Study Abroad: Peace and Security in the Caucasus Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is now accepting applications for their Peace & Security in the South Caucasus Program!

Summer 2018 program dates: June 28 – August 4, 2018

 While rich in natural resources, scenic beauty, and vibrant cultures, the South Caucasus continues to be hampered by age-old conflicts and political instability. Based in Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia, this five-week summer program explores cultural identity and nationalism, development strategies, the emergence of new political systems and parties, and ongoing efforts to foster peace throughout the region.

The academic program features approximately twenty-two hours per week of in-class instruction. Content courses are designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of modern political history of the region, security issues, nationalism and identity, state-building, and democratization. As part of the academic program, participants also receive language instruction at any level in one of the regional languages, including Azeri, Chechen, Georgian, or Russian; no prior language study is required.

The program includes weekly excursions and cultural activities, housing with local host families, two meals per day, a comprehensive pre-program orientation, and visa and logistical support. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive 8-10 credits in political science and sociology, issued through Bryn Mawr College.

Applications are due by February 15, 2018, and can be found online.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email: outbound@americancouncils.org).

For more information regarding the Peace & Security in the South Caucasus Program, please visit our websiteFinancial aid is available on all programs.

Study Abroad: Balkan Language Initiative (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15th, 2018

American Councils is currently accepting applications for its summer 2018 Balkan Language Initiative (BLI).  The application deadline is February 15; applications can be submitted here.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The American Councils Balkan Language Initiative provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages of the Balkans. Participants may choose to study one of five regional languages: 

Albanian in Tirana, Albania

Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria

Macedonian in Skopje, Macedonia

Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia or Podgorica, Montenegro

KEY FEATURES

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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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Prof. Devel.: “Applying Flagship Practices to Enhance Language Learning” (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 25, 5:00-6:30 PM EST

Russian Flagship Program: Applying Flagship Practices to Enhance Language Learning
Led by Karen Evans-Romaine (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
 

The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (thelanguageflagship.org), is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education. Successful graduates of the Russian Flagship Program will have developed Superior-level language and cultural proficiency in Russian and can apply that proficiency to their field of choice.

The goal of the Language Flagship is to create a replicable program model that can be implemented for any language on any campus. In this webinar, following up on a two-part article in the ACTR Letter, Karen Evans-Romaine will describe the main features of the Russian Flagship Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and talk about ways in which aspects of Flagship programs can be implemented in other Russian programs.

Karen Evans-Romaine is Professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Director of the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program. Her research focuses on both Russian Modernist poetry, with particular reference to intersections between poetry and music, and Russian language pedagogy. She is co-author of the two-volume introductory Russian textbook Golosa, now in its fifth edition (Pearson, 2012/2014); co-editor of the collection Exploring the US Language Flagship Program: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation (Multilingual Matters, 2017); and co-editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture (2007).

To register for this webinar, click here.

Study Abroad: Intensive Russian Program (Vladimir, Russia)

Deadline: Ongoing

The American Home has proudly offered intensive Russian courses for foreigners for many years now. Our qualified and experienced instructors, Tanya Akimova and Nelli Mukhammadieva have many years of experience in teaching Russian to foreign students. Our students live with host families here in the ancient city of Vladimir, and can fully immerse themselves in both the Russian language and culture.

Dates: Open May 1—August 30 (although fall and winter dates are possible)

Signup: At least three months prior to departure with a $500 deposit required.
Balance due at least 30 days prior to departure.

The benefits of the American Home’s long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – are provided to group participants:
  • Experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers
  • Program and schedule customized to the needs of each group of students
  • Study from one week to one year
  • Individual home-stay with a Russian family (2 meals a day)
  • “Russian friend-conversation partner” program
  • On-site administrative support
  • Well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere
  • Intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons 3 hours a day/5 days a week
  • Excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo
  • Opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians
    participating in the American Home English Program and others
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an
    orphanage

Approximate program fee: one-to-one instruction group instruction (2-5+ people, 15-35% discount)

Four weeks $3,990 $3,228 – 2,536

Six weeks $5,522 $4,563 – 3,556

Eight weeks $7,053 $5,898 – 4,576

Longer and shorter programs, from one week to a year, are also possible.

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