Summer Russian Language Teachers Program

This summer, spend six weeks at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) studying Russian language, pedagogy, and culture with other pre- and in-service Russian language teachers. Finalists receive substantive Fulbright-Hays funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Summary

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.

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Academics

Academics

The academic program is 5 weeks long, a total of 140 hours and is designed to accommodate the particular interests and needs of Russian teachers, combining language courses with seminars in Russian pedagogy and culture.  The academic program will consist of the following:

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.
Excursions

Excursions

One day per week will be reserved for excursions to key historical and cultural sites. 

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.

Housing

Housing

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.

Tutoring

Tutoring

Shortly upon arrival in St. Petersburg participants will be paired up with Russian conversation partners.  The conversation partners will be graduate students at the Russian State Pedagogical University who are training to become Russian language teachers.  In addition to assisting participants with Russian language assignments, conversation partners will provide an important opportunity for U.S. teachers to engage informally with local colleagues.
Fellowships

Fellowships

About the Fellowship

Funding 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.
  • incidentals

*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.
Dates

Dates

Application Deadline


February 15, 2016



Program Dates

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.








Fees

Fees

Finalists are responsible for:

  • $865 administrative fee*
  • the cost of domestic transportation to Washington, D.C.
  • incidentals

  • 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 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.

    Locations
    St. Petersburg