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: 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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Resource: Online Library Initiative

The Working Group for Solidarity in REEES, an ASEEES affiliate group, announces their new Online Library initiative. Their goal is to support research during this period of physical distancing, when many libraries are closed and inter-library loans are often not possible, by making resources available to fellow scholars in need.
To that end, they are launching a mailing list dedicated to sharing resources. If you are looking for a book or article that is not available at your library, or if you are able to share some of your resources with those who need them, please consider joining the list. You will be able to send and receive emails about requests for sources, as well as receive occasional updates on initiatives that we are carrying out in collaboration with other institutions, such as the Slavic Reference Service at UIUC.

To sign up for the mailing list, please email:

On their website, you can also find a list of existing online libraries and archives that can help you continue your research during the pandemic.

Resource: Integrated Performance Assessments (National Foreign Language Resource Center)

Integrated Performance Assessments is a seven-episode podcast produced by the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and hosted by Nicole Naditz (2015 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year). Interviewees include leading language educators speaking on the following topics: 

  1. Intro to Performance Assessments (Paul Sandrock)
  2. Performance Assessments: Presentational mode (Lynn Fulton)
  3. Performance Assessments: Interpersonal mode, pt. 1 (Iman Hashem)
  4. Performance Assessments: Interpersonal mode, pt. 2 (Ying Jin)
  5. Performance Assessments: Interpretive mode (Margaret Malone)
  6. Integrated Performance Assessments: Theoretical Considerations (Francis Troyan)
  7. Putting Integrated Performance Assessments Into Practice (Lisa Shepard)

Check them out at

Resource: Syllabi on Queer Eastern Europe

The Society for the Promotion of LGBTQ Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (Q*ASEEES) has launched a resources page on its website. Currently, the syllabi section is available, where you can have a look at diverse courses on queer Eastern Europe that have been taught in the USA, Europe, and Russia. Check it out, spread the word to colleagues and students who may be interested in these topics, and contribute your course outlines in any language to the collection! They will be updating it regularly with new materials, so keep returning! 

Resource: Mutual Aid Housing Network for Slavic Community

We are starting a mutual aid housing network for our scholarly community, to request and offer housing as the economic crisis unfolds. Fill out survey here!

It is becoming clear that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis will have lasting and potentially devastating effects on our discipline: the already precarious job-market is likely to shrink even further; many contingent faculty and graduate students will be left with even fewer resources necessary for their housing, medical, and other basic needs; even those with full-time positions may find their jobs at risk. For many, continuing to teach and produce scholarship in this situation will prove untenable. This will spell a tremendous loss not just for individuals in our profession, but for our entire field.

It is important to recognize and ground our actions in an awareness of the danger that each and every member of our field faces. The dissolution of the Russian major at Ohio University and termination of affiliated Russian faculty is a disquieting example of the austerity measures that are likely to follow at universities throughout the country. As the situation at Ohio University demonstrates, our programs will likely be among the first targeted for layoffs when administrations begin making cuts.

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Resource: Language Learning & Technology, free subscription

The special issue of Language Learning & Technology (Volume 24, Issue 2) on Technology-enhanced L2 Instructional Pragmatics is now available at  . Please visit the LLT website and be sure to sign up to receive your free subscription if you have not already done so. Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues. If you have questions about this process, or wish to submit a manuscript, please check our guidelines for submission at  .

Resource: Golosa Russian Language Textbook PDF Free for Fall 2020


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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Resource: Moscow State Yiddish Theater online archives

The Moscow State Yiddish Theater (MSYT) collection at the BAF is now fully cataloged and accessible online at

The collection comprises 581 items, including 147 photographs and 434 documents in Russian, Yiddish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, German, and French. Formerly, it was the family archive of Iustina Minkova (1895-1979) and Solomon Zil’berblat (1897-1977), Yiddish actors and members of the GOSET (Gosudarstvennyi evreiskii teatr, Russian acronym of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater) troupe. Although the collection contains documents from the 1900s through the 1970s, most are from GOSET’s golden years, the 1920s-1930s. The collection includes the theater’s internal memos and letters, draft playbills, scripts, annotated by actors, administrative correspondence, minutes of the local actors’ union meetings, posters, bills, and much more.

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Webinar: Teaching Polish During the Pandemic

Event Date: June 6, 2020

The webinar will feature three presenters: Dr. Christopher Caes, Dr. Piotr Kajak, and Mrs. Joanna Pawlina.

When: June 6th at 10 am (EST)

Where: Zoom (please contact us at to get the access link)

The outbreak of Covid-19 has brought many changes to the way of teaching foreign languages. Even though all institutions had to shift to remote teaching, different schools have taken different approaches to distance learning. The three presenters will discuss how their programs adapted to the new situation, and to what effect. They will discuss related topics such as the mode of teaching (synchronous and/or asynchronous), online teaching methodologies, remote etiquette, students’ engagement, managing online anxiety, and others. The webinar will be followed by facilitated discussion to allow for attendees to discuss best and worst practices and to reflect on the future of online teaching.

Presenters’ bios:
Christopher Caes is Lecturer in Polish at Columbia University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has taught previously at the University of Florida and Florida State University.  His area of research is 20th-century Polish literature, film, and culture, and his teaching has included Polish and Russian Language, Polish Literature, Slavic Studies, Film Studies, East European History, Science Fiction Studies, and Norse Mythology and Culture.

Piotr Kajak, Assistant Professor at the POLONICUM Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners, Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. Teaches Polish as a Foreign/Second/Heritage Language. Obtained his degrees from cultural studies, Slavic studies, foreign language acquisition and political sciences. His research interests include: Second/foreign language acquisition; culture pedagogy in SLA/FLA; teaching Polish as a foreign/second/heritage language; popular culture in SLA/FLA; Polish popular culture; hip-hop culture; aca-fan approach.

Joanna Pawlina a Dual Language teacher at Claremont Elementary School with a degree in Early Childhood education from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Dual Language Teacher Leadership obtained from Roosevelt University. Mrs. Pawlina also serves as a dual language liaison for the district where she teaches. Dual language education is her passion and her dream is to inspire Districts to offer such programs to all students.