The Russian immersion program has proven to be the model for successful intensive language study through the Center for Language Studies since it was founded in 1983. We have consistently been able to offer four levels of Russian since the late 1980s, with one of the highlights being “Political Russian,” designed for advanced-level students. [Alison]
Language instruction forms the essence of the summer intensive Russian program. All four levels of Russian are taught by experienced instructors committed to the communicative approach, the use of technology, and the integration of language and culture in the classroom. Each textbook chosen for the Russian language program is appropriate for the intensive, fast-paced nature of the Russian language programs, and reflects post-Soviet Russian society.
Study of culture forms a vital component of our intensive Russian program. Knowledge of Russian culture not only plays a practical role in building proficiency in Russian, but also helps students to understand a remarkable land and people rich in history and of critical importance in today's world. In the classroom, instructors integrate culture into the language learning process itself through the use of stories, songs, poetry, movies, cartoons, and web sites.
Please read more about our program from Edie Furniss, someone who has both studied and taught Russian in the summer.
An interesting article on why the studying of Russian can be a deeply personal experience: http://rbth.com/opinion/2014/09/10/why_study_russianits_not_all_politics_39679.html
Edie Furniss studied third-year Russian at CLS in summer 2005. Three years later, she returned as a TA to teach the first-year students during the summer program. We present two perspectives of our program from her, one as a student and another as a teacher (click on either to read the complete text):