Summer Institute 2016


Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from August 10-12 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages. The institute will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

The institute will include presentations by speakers from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and other leading institutions on topics including:

  • Teaching language and culture through film
  • Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels
  • The use of technology in the language classroom
  • Integrating heritage students in the language classroom
  • Addressing the needs of differently-abled students
  • Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials
  • The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction
  • Popular culture and language instruction
  • Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

The final day of the institute will be devoted to a workshop on Russian language proficiency testing conducted by a leading Russian language proficiency test developer who is a TRKI [тестирование русского как иностранного] examiner. TRKI is the Russian Federation language proficiency testing system for five areas of linguistic competence (aural comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/lexicon) developed and administered by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is the Russian component of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe.

Cost: There are NO registration or tuition fees to attend the SEELRC Summer Institute. Any participant may attend one or both sessions. However, participants must pay for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and food. Lunches and one dinner will be provided. Depending on the availability of funds, SEELRC may award partial stipends to defray travel costs to qualified applicants.

Lodging: SEELRC staff will assist participants in making housing arrangements. Accommodations will be within walking distance of the Duke campus.

Attendance for the summer institute is limited to 20 people.

Interested language instructors should contact Michael Newcity at for further information.

Summer Institute Overview

Since 1999, SEELRC has sponsored a series of summer institutes for Russian, Slavic, and Eurasian language instructors and language program coordinators from all levels. Enrollment in the summer institutes is strictly limited with small group meetings the norm.  The presentations at the summer institutes focus on pressing issues for language instructors with a particular emphasis on technology-related topics.  To date, well over one hundred K-12 and university teachers from around the U.S. have attended the summer institute.  The summer institute meets on the beautiful campus of Duke University in Durham, NC, and there are no registration or tuition fees to attend.

Dr. Anthony Vanchu, Director of Johnson Space Center Language Education Center, presenting on Russian Language instruction (Summer 2015)

Anthony J. Vanchu, P.hD.