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to benefit from the 20+ years of experience in teaching high-level Russian in the US.

II. Recommendations on Course Design in Socio-cultural and Sociolinguistic Competences for

High-Level Learners.

The recommendations outlined below are based on several sources:

  • 1.

    Existing research in teaching socio-cultural and socio-linguistic competencies;

  • 2.

    Experience accumulated in the process of working on the Russian Socio-cultural and Sociolinguistic Workbooks by the project team including:

    • Boris Shekhtman, President, Specialized Language Training Center in Rockville, Maryland and Operational Director of the Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers;

    • Ekaterina Kuznetsova, Curriculum Solutions Manager, ESI International;

    • Svetlana Sibrina, Associate Professor, DLI

    • Irina Kopylenko, Russian Language Instructor, World Bank

    • Oksana Prokhacheva, Library Manager, Global Resources Center, Gelman Library, GWU

  • 3.

    Russian Socio-cultural and Sociolinguistic Workbooks evaluation by a team of experts teaching Russian at high levels including:

    • Maria Lekic, Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature & Graduate Director for Russian, University of Maryland; Head Curriculum Developer for the National Russian Flagship Program, American Councils for International Education, Russian native speaker;

    • Dr. Benjamin Rifkin, Vice-Dean at Temple University, high-level speaker of Russian, Russian proficiency tester, textbook author

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