Are you working as a K-12 or university-level Russian teacher? Are you a graduate student studying to become a Russian teacher? The Summer Russian Language Teachers Program provides fellowship support for Russian teachers and graduate students to study Russian language, pedagogy, and culture at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) in St. Petersburg for a six week summer session.
The American Councils Summer Russian Language Teachers Program offers qualified U.S. pre- and in-service teachers of Russian language and culture from elementary schools, high schools, and universities the opportunity to improve Russian language skills while developing a portfolio of authentic teaching materials for use in the classroom. Courses on Russian language, pedagogy, and culture are led by distinguished faculty from the Russian State Pedagogical University's Department of Philology. The program is six-weeks long, and takes place from late-June to mid-August.
To be eligible for Fulbright-Hays funding applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently serving as K-12- or university-level teachers of Russian language and culture, or graduate students who intend a teaching career. Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged.
Russian Language Instruction (approximately 80 total hours)
-Grammar and Stylistics (24 hours)
-Speech Practicum (24 hours)
-Phonetics (16 hours)
-Reading and Mass Media (16 hours)
Language Pedagogy and Portfolio Development (approximately 30 total hours)
This specially designed class will guide each participant in the development
of an extensive portfolio of authentic teaching materials for his/her classroom. At the conclusion of the program each participant will be expected to complete and present a portfolio containing at least 5 thematically related lesson plans.
Seminars on Russian Culture (approximately 30 total hours)
Participants will complete 2 10-day seminars devoted to Russian culture. Seminars will be taught in Russian and provide a total of 15 hours of in-class instruction. Faculty will offer four seminars for participants to select from. Examples of seminar topics include Contemporary Russian Society, The Russian Orthodox Church, Literary Petersburg, and Russian Musical Culture.
Classes are held for approximately 7 hours per day four days per week; the fifth day is reserved for excursions.
Full-time American resident directors oversee the academic program and cultural program; assist participants in academic, administrative, and personal matters; and serve as a liaison between university faculty, administrators, and participants.
Sites will include:
- The Peter and Paul Fortress
- The Russian Museum
- The Hermitage
- Tsarskoe Selo
During the final week of the program participants will travel to Moscow, Vladimir, and Suzdal.
Participants will live with Russian host families who will provide two meals per day during the week, and three meals per day during the weekend. Participants will be provided their own fully-furnished room with the host family.
About the FellowshipFunding for the Summer Russian Language Teachers Program is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad). Finalists must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently employed as teachers of Russian language or culture at the K-12 or university-level, or who are graduate students preparing to become teachers of Russian language or culture.
Twelve finalists will be selected to receive program funding from the US Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays).
Finalists will each receive:
- round-trip international airfare from Washington, D.C. to St. Petersburg, Russia
- housing with a host family in St. Petersburg that includes 2 meals per day during the week and 3 meals per day during the weekend
- tuition and fees at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen)
- a combined living and in-country travel stipend of $1,750
- weekly cultural excursions and a trip Moscow, Vladimir, and Suzdal
- Russian visa
- medical insurance
- ten graduate hours of academic credit through Bryn Mawr College
Finalists are responsible for:
- $865 administrative fee*
- the cost of domestic transportation to Washington, D.C.
*Finalists are expected to pay an administrative fee to help cover costs that are not included in the Fulbright-Hays grant. The grant does not cover any program or administrative expenses incurred in the U.S. such as visa processing costs, health insurance or pre-departure orientation activities.
February 15, 2016
Thursday, June 23 (depart for Russia) to Monday, August 8, 2016 (6 weeks)
Please note, all participants must attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. from June 22-23, 2016.