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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2007

RUS 398T • Supervised Teaching in Russian

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45845 TTh
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
CAL 422

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare graduate students to conduct classes in a Slavic language at the university and/or secondary school level. Participants will be given theoretical and practical bases of foreign language pedagogy and methodology for more effective teaching. All participants in the course are required to assemble a Teaching Portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample curricula, syllabi, exercise materials, testing instruments, etc.). In addition, students are expected to prepare and execute a sample language class in a UT first- or second-year Slavic language class and then review and evaluate these recorded sessions. Participants will also conduct model classes in Austin area schools as part of their practicum. The course will be conducted seminar-style, making significant use of participant presentations and model lessons. Seminar participants will be required to present not only reports on thematically related readings, but also sample model lessons for the classroom. Several of the readings and parts of in-class presentations will be in Russian or other Slavic languages.

Grading Policy

Model Classroom Teaching Sessions: 30% Teaching Portfolio 20% Term Paper: 20% Textbook Review: 20% Active Class Participation 10%


" Teaching Language in Context, 3rd ed. Omaggio Hadley. Heinle & Heinle, 2000. " The Learning and Teaching of Slavic Languages and Cultures: Toward the 21stCentury, Kagan and Rifkin, Eds. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, 2001. " Course packet of readings.


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