Dr. Richard Robin, George Washington University, Level-4 speaker/professor of Russian, Russian tester, and co-author of a textbook for heritage speakers
Natalia Lord, Counselor in the Learning Consultation Service, Research, Evaluation and Development, Foreign Service Institute, native Russian speaker
Irina Krasner, DLI Professor, native Russian speaker
Feedback from specialists teaching socio-linguistic and socio-cultural competencies in
Arabic and Spanish including:
Gerald Lampe, PhD, Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, Level 4+ speaker;
Alicia van Altena, a senior lecturer in Spanish at Yale University, Spanish native speaker
5 Feedback from the audience of a panel session the 2007 Annual Conference of the CDLC.
In December 2007, the results of the project were presented during a panel devoted to this
topic. Betty Leaver outlined the goals and objectives of the project. Boris Shekhtman covered
the specifics of students at the superior-level of foreign language proficiency and discussed
major approaches to developing learning activities for this group of students. Ekaterina
Kuznetsova and Oksana Prokhacheva presented two chapters from Russian workbooks:
“Teaching Russian Allusions To Superior-Level Students” and “Teaching Russian Styles and
Genres To Superior-Level Students.” Natalia Lord introduced the follow up discussion by
attendees. Both presentations received very positive feedback and comments..
6. Final evaluation of the project by Dr. Madeline Ehrman, Ph.D, former Director of Research,
Evaluation and Development at the Foreign Service Institute.
Recommendations are focused on the following aspects of teaching SCC and SLC: