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Summer School Announcement: STARTALK Summer Institute for Teachers of Russian/ Middlebury, Vermont USA

Host Institution: Middlebury College
Coordinating Institution: Middlebury College
Website http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian
Dates: 15-Jul-2013 to 31-Jul-2013
Location: Middlebury, Vermont, USA
Focus: The program is designed for current and future teachers of Russian at the high school and university level who are looking to develop and expand their teaching strategies and understanding of second language acquisition.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate
Additional Qualifications: The program is designed for current and future teachers of Russian at the high school and university level.
Full Summer School Description: We are pleased to invite you to apply to the 2013 STARTALK Summer Institute for Teachers of Russian, which will take place at Middlebury College’s Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian in July 2013. Funded by STARTALK, a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), the program is designed for current and future teachers of Russian at the high school and university level who are looking to develop and expand their teaching strategies and understanding of second language acquisition.

Participants will spend 16 days in Middlebury’s immersion program taking part in seminars and hands-on workshops, observing intensive language classes at various levels, visiting with guest speakers and developing a teaching portfolio with peer-reviewed teaching materials, classroom activities and effective assessment practices. In addition, participants will be part of the Russian School intensive language program, which requires that only the target language be spoken, and will have the opportunity to formally and informally meet with Russian School instructors and students of all levels.


By the end of the program, participants will have learned and practiced second language acquisition theory, approaches to teaching Russian in a specifically communicative, learner-focused way and, material design, lesson planning, and testing strategies.


Lodging expenses, textbooks, and classroom materials will be paid by grant funding, and each participant will receive a travel reimbursement for up to $250. Participants will receive one unit of graduate credit.


To apply, please go to http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian and download the application (in the right hand column) and email to edengub@middlebury.edu by May 1st with the subject line “Startalk Application.” Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.


If you have questions, please visit our website at http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian or contact Program Director Evgeny Dengub at edengub@middlebury.edu.
Course Listings:
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: Russian
Lang family:
Tuition: 0 (USD)
Financial Aid: 1-May-2013
Each participant will receive a travel reimbursement for up to $250. Participants will receive one unit of graduate credit.
Financial Aid Application: See registration instructions.
http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/448314/original/startalkapplicationrussianschool2013.pdf
Registration Dates: 1-May-2013 to 1-May-2013
Contact person information: Evgeny Dengub
Email:edengub@gmail.com
Apply by email: edengub@gmail.com
Apply online: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/448314/original/startalkapplicationrussianschool2013.pdf
Registration Instructions: Application due date: May 1st, 2013
To apply, please go to http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian and download the application (in the right hand column). Email completed form to edengub@middlebury.edu by May 1st with the subject line “Startalk Application.” Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.
   
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