1st Edition

Student-Centered Approaches to Russian Language Teaching Insights, Strategies, and Adaptations

Edited By Svetlana V. Nuss, Cynthia L. Martin Copyright 2023
    238 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Student-Centered Approaches to Russian Language Teaching looks at how the field of Russian language pedagogy has evolved in recent years due to advances in technology along with shifts in attitudes to language pedagogy, and how the pandemic has compounded and accelerated these changes.

    This edited collection brings together different perspectives from the field of Russian language pedagogy. With pedagogical conversations now centered around students and their needs, as well as the evolving role of the teacher in the 21st century, this volume highlights the diverse ways in which instructional practices have evolved, making curriculum and assessment more student-centered and Russian language learning more engaging.

    The collection will be of interest to current and future instructors of Russian as a foreign or additional language who wish to diversify their instruction, as well as students of Russian language pedagogy and second language learning and teaching.

    Contextualizing Student-centered Teaching of RFL

    1. Student-centered Teaching of Russian: From Principles to Practice

    Cynthia L. Martin and Svetlana V. Nuss

    2. History of Student-centeredness, Its Modern Vision in Education, and What This Means for Teaching L2 Russian Today

    Svetlana V. Nuss


    Know your students

    3. Self-Efficacy-Based Instructional Method in Teaching Beginner Russian: 

    Towards Better Strategic Self-Regulated Learning

    Tatiana Maslova

    4. Correct Me if I’m Wrong: Student Attitudes towards Learning Russian Grammar

    Alexander Lorenz

    5. Rough and Beautiful: Russian in Contemporary Czechia from the Perspectives of Corpus Research and Pupilsʼ Attitudes

    Michal Místecký and Denisa Místecká


    Moving toward student-centered curriculum design and assessment

    6. Making More Time for Proficiency: A "Flipped" Model for Adding Authenticity

    Cori Anderson

    7. My Russian Journey: Rethinking Teaching Russian to Beginners

    Svetlana Sokolova, Daria Kosheleva, Elena Bjørgve, Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset and Elmira Zhamaletdinova

    8. Bringing Task-Based Instruction Online: Challenges of Remote Language Assessment

    Brian James Baer and Tanya McIntyre


    Embracing change and innovation

    9. Lessons of the Pandemic: A Critical Look at Digital Tools for Online and Face-to-Face Instruction of Russian as a Foreign Language

    Maria Khotimsky and Anna Leontyeva

    10. Preparation for Study Abroad: The Action-oriented Approach for RFL Students

    Snezhana Zheltoukhova

    11. Transposing Venice to Russia: Task-based "Recipes" for developing figurative thinking

    Ludmilla A’Beckett

    12. Reflections on practice, additional considerations, and the importance of institutional support for teachers

    Cynthia L. Martin and Svetlana V. Nuss


    Svetlana V. Nuss is a Second Language Acquisition (SLA) consultant and coach affiliated with the University of Alaska, USA.

    Cynthia L. Martin is the Undergraduate Program Director for Russian, University of Maryland, USA.