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March 16, 2010

Bryn Mawr College Russian Language Institute

Bryn Mawr College Russian Language Institute (RLI)
June 9 - August, 2010

General Information

Founded in 1977, the Russian Language Institute (RLI) at Bryn Mawr seeks to support the study and teaching of Russian in the United States by providing an intensive-immersion setting for both teachers and learners of the language. RLI offers both four- and eight-week programs for male and female high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, concentrating on language training. Specialized seminars are also periodically offered for high school and college Russian teachers of Russian under the auspices of RLI.

The eight-week Russian Language Institute offers a highly-focused curriculum and a study environment conducive to the rapid development of the four language skills (oral, aural, writing, reading) as well as cultural awareness. The program draws participants from a broad spectrum of academic fields, occupations, ages, and interests. Course offerings are designed to accommodate a full range of language learners, from the beginner to the advanced learner (three levels total). The highly intensive nature of the course work and the culturally-rich immersion environment have proven very successful in providing the equivalent of a full academic year of college Russian to participants who complete the program.

Through RLI, Bryn Mawr was one of the first American institutions in the United States to establish an ongoing cooperative exchange agreement with the Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language in Moscow. The agreement covered exchanges of students, faculty, and teaching materials, some of which are still used in the summer programs. While Bryn Mawr today cooperates with several other institutions in Russia, through the College's cooperative agreement with the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), it maintains special links with the Pushkin Institute.

Recently, the Department of Russian and the Russian Language Institute at Bryn Mawr College have been designated as Domestic Russian Language Flagship Programs. The Language Flagship was created under the auspices of the National Security Education Program (NSEP)/National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) to address the critical need for U.S. professionals to use Russian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. The program is an intensive language training program tailored to students' professional interests and academic specialization. Students who have already completed one year of Russian and signed a Russian Language Flagship statement of agreement can apply to RLI as a Flagship student.

Admissions and Financial Aid

To apply, all applicants must provide the following:

• On-line application form (https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/russian-language-institute-rli/);
• Two (2) letters of recommendation: ( Note: On-line recommendation forms can be found (https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/russian-language-institute-recommendation-form/). Hard copies of recommendations should be submitted in sealed envelopes with a signature or stamp across the flap);
• Official transcripts ( Note: Transcripts should be submitted in sealed envelopes with official seal or stamp across the flap);
• Financial aid application (Required only for students wanting to request aid and Flagship designated students).

Course Descriptions

Russian 001, 002: Intensive Elementary Russian:
A beginning-level course of Russian with strong emphasis on the development of oral and written communicative skills, development of basic vocabulary, and mastery of the writing system and grammatical structure.

Russian 101, 102: Intensive Intermediate Russian:
A complete second-year Russian course emphasizing intermediate-level oral and written skills. Vocabulary study of up to 2,500 words, systematic grammar review, readings of expository and artistic prose of medium difficulty. Most aspects of the course are in Russian.

Russian 201, 202: Intensvie Advanced Russian:
Intensive practice in oral and written expression based on literary and non-literary texts of Modern Standard Russian. Emphasis is particularly on oral development. Almost all aspects of the course are in Russian.

Cultural and Language Immersion Activities

Outside of the classroom, RLI offers a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance the language skills being learned in the classroom. Activities may include guest lecturers speaking on a variety of topics related to Russian studies and culture, screenings of Russian and Soviet films, Russian and Slavic choirs, and international folk dancing, field trips.

Housing and Meals

Students of Russian are expected to reside in campus dorms during the summer. Some faculty members may also reside on campus, as will a dorm adviser.

The Russian Table takes place in Haffner Dining Hall, where the College's own award-winning dining service provides participants with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the dining service provides brunch and dinner. On weekdays, all students and faculty are present at lunch, and the seating arrangement and meal time is structured to promote the fullest possible interaction in Russian. While students are freer at breakfast and dinner to eat when they choose, during service hours, everyone will continue to speak only Russian in the dining hall. Those faculty and staff members living in the Russian residence hall will be present at most meals. Students choosing to live off-campus are expected to eat lunch with their fellow participants and the faculty Monday through Friday in Haffner. A special lunches only meal plan will be available for these commuting students.

Estimated Costs for 2010 Russian Language Institute (room and board rates set in late March):

Semester I Semester II Total
Tuition and Activities Fee* $1,675 $1,675 $3,350
Room and Board, for those on campus*+ $1,360 $1,360 $2,720
Total $3,035 $3,035 $6,070

Billie Jo Stiner
Coordinator, Department of Russian
Assistant Director, Russian Language Institute (RLI)
Coordinator, Russian and Arabic Language Flagship Programs
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Tel: 610-526-5187
Fax: 610-526-5192


Posted by uunguyen at March 16, 2010 09:54 AM