The Slavic Language Programs offer students of every discipline an opportunity to experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning Russian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and Ukrainian languages, and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent.
Our department features some of the most skilled and experienced language teaching faculty who are native speakers of the language. Much of our research and professional development is aimed towards the goal of helping students to build, multilingual-communication and critical-thinking skills enabling the to read, write, listen, speak, and explore in Slavic languages.
The Slavic Department actively supports the goal of competency-based foreign language instruction to provide functional fluency in five skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge). With support from the University, the Department's language instructors have participated in national certification proficiency testing workshops. The Department was one of the first to have certified proficiency testers in Russian. As part of its commitment to proficiency-based language teaching and testing, the Department uses proficiency-oriented texts at all levels of instruction in Russian.
To increase student motivation toward rapid language acquisition, the Department supports informal student activities such as the weekly russkii chai; Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Clubs for students; Slavic movie nights; informal Russian conversational clubs led by graduate students; Russian Social Hour with guest speakers; Annual Ukrainian Pysanka Workshop; Maslenitsa celebration; and more!