"My work at the University of Chicago is primarily devoted to the teaching of Russian and the development of foreign language curricula designed to promote functional proficiency."
My work at the University of Chicago is primarily devoted to the teaching of Russian and the development of foreign language curricula designed to promote functional proficiency. My research interests are focused on teaching methodology and the acquisition of Russian as a foreign language. My doctoral dissertation was a comparative analysis of deductive and inductive learning processes in the acquisition of Russian verbal morphology.
RUSS 10400 Russian through Pushkin I
This literary and linguistic approach to Russian allows students to learn the language by engaging classic Russian poetic texts (e.g., Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman), as well as excerpts from Eugene Onegin and selections from Pushkin’s shorter poems and prose works. Although the focus is on reading Russian, all four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed, preparing students for the College Language Competency Exam and for continued study of Russian in second-year courses. Conversation practice is held twice a week.
Not open to students who have taken RUSS 10100-10200-10300.
RUSS 20103 Second-Year Russian I
This course continues RUSS 10103-10203-10303; it includes review and amplification of grammar, practice in reading, elementary composition, and speaking and comprehension. Systematic study of word formation and other strategies are taught to help free students from excessive dependence on the dictionary and develop confidence in reading rather than translating. Readings are selected to help provide historical and cultural background. Conversation practice is held twice a week.