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Program Officer for the Higher Education Program Office, American Councils

Program Officer, Higher Education Outbound Programs

Location

Washington, DC

Description

Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer for the Higher Education Program office administers research grant programs for U.S. scholars and students in Eurasia and Southeast Europe. Responsibilities focus on the administration and promotion of programs funded by the U.S. Department of State and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as self-funded programs. However, he/she may be called on to work on all outbound programs, as needed. The position requires close attention to detail, strategic thinking, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. The Program Officer works closely with the Program Manager on the administration of the research scholars’ program, including promotional efforts, coordination of selection committees, and compiling of reports to funding agencies. While knowledge of marketing strategies and budgets will be an important plus for any candidate, an extensive understanding of U.S. academic culture and study abroad in Eurasia and/or Southeast Europe is also important. Some travel is required.

To Apply for this Position

Responsibilities

• Processes and maintains program applications;
• Recruits outside readers and selection committee members for Selection Committees;
• Distributes applications to outside readers and selection committee members;
• Arranges travel and logistics for selection committee members;
• Oversees and directs visa process for program participants;
• Updates and edits applications, research handbooks, selection materials, and program evaluations;
• Maintains database of participants, research projects, and outside readers;
• Writes and prepares reports for funding agencies;
• Assists in writing and preparing grant proposals for funding agencies and acts as liaison with Development department;
• Organizes Policy Briefs at Department of State for Title VIII;
• Assists in carrying out promotional strategy;
• Responds to participant requests and inquiries;
• Prepares and distributes program materials.

Qualifications

• BA required; MA strongly preferred;
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
• Proficiency in Russian and/or other Eurasian language strongly preferred;
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills;
• Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
• Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
• Proven effectiveness in a cross-cultural work environment;
• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Extended overseas experience, and
• Strong computer skills.

 

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Summer intensive language program in Russian, Center for Language Study, Beloit College, Open Enrollment

The Program

Languages We Offer

The Center offers four- and eight-week programs in ArabicChineseJapanese, and Russian. At the successful conclusion of each eight-week summer language program, students will have completed the equivalent of one year of college-level language study and are prepared to enter the next year of study at most colleges and universities. Students successfully completing the four-week session will earn the equivalent of a semester of language study. Students who complete either the four- or eight-week session successfully will receive Beloit College credit.

“I am currently studying in Beijing, and even though I only studied Chinese for one month at CLS I have been placed in a class with students who have been studying Chinese for one or two years. I thought that CLS would be a nice crash-course before my year abroad, but it turned out to be much more than that.
- Jane Hayashi, Summer 2007 Participant

Why CLS?

If you are serious about learning a language, consider one of the nation’s finest summer intensive language programs – the Center for Language Studies at Beloit College. Our program aims to expand your understanding of a fascinating world culture as you move toward mastering the language it envelops: language and culture go hand in hand. Success in the program better positions you to assume confident, active citizenship in a thoroughly interdependent world. It prepares you to engage a part of that world on its own terms, in its own language, through its own cultural sensitivities.

Your study of language and culture at Beloit is carried out in partnership with devoted, excellent teachers. It takes place in a glorious Wisconsin summer, on a beautiful campus, among people who have come together because they love to learn and teach. Our program’s distinctive features include:

  • Flexibility of eight-week or four-week sessions
  • 22 hours of classroom instruction per week, plus evening tutorials
  • Twelve semester hours of academic credit for the eight week course
  • Small classes with a maximum of twelve students
  • Superb language teachers
  • A seamless environment of teacher-student interaction in the language, inside and outside the classroom
  • Language conversation tables at lunch and dinner
  • Comfortable housing with others studying the same language
  • A friendly, inviting setting conducive to concentrated study
  • A rare opportunity to focus on one thing: the study of language

Who Can Attend?

Our programs are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; advanced high school students (17 minimum age limit); educators; business persons; and adults interested in language study for academic purposes, career and personal enrichment. The Center for Language Studies is ideal for people preparing to work or study abroad.

Application Dates and Deadlines:

Our online application for the summer 2011 programs is now available. You can create your online account now and work on the application as time allows.

Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning January 1 and will continue until classes are full. Please note that the January 1 date is not the application deadline. Many students submit their completed applications prior to January 1, so it is important from a processing standpoint that we begin reading completed applications by the beginning of January. Many other students submit and complete their applications after January 1 and on into the spring. Of course the sooner you complete the application, the sooner you will receive our admission decision.

Application Procedures:

No previous knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian is required for the beginning program; appropriate prior instruction or consent of the language coordinator will determine placement at intermediate and advanced levels.

Applicants must complete an application including a transcript and two letters of recommendation. There is no application fee;  however, upon acceptance to the program a $100 enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the class. The deposit is non-refundable but will be credited toward the cost of tuition, room, and board.

Those applying for the CLS Director’s Scholarships must submit an additional two-page essay in which they describe their qualifications and explain how their study of the language in the summer will benefit them academically, professionally, and personally. This essay needs to be submitted in addition to the one-page essay required by the general application.

International applicants requiring a visa must submit an application, two letters of recommendation, transcript, financial documentation, copy of passport, and a $200 application fee. Please click here for a financial documentation form.

Apply Online
Printable Application (PDF format)
Printable Recommendation Form (PDF Format)

For inquiries regarding the program, write or call:

Thomas P. Kreiser, Director
Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5595
Toll-free: 800.356.0751 (ask for the Center for Language Studies)
Telephone: 608.363.2277
Fax: 608.363.7129
or email: cls@beloit.edu
www.summerlanguages.com

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Summer 2011 Slavic Language Program at the University of Chicago, Application Deadline May 15

Summer 2011 Slavic Language Program at the University of Chicago
* courses in Russian at the first-year and second-year levels
* two 3-week courses in simultaneous interpretation in Russian<->English (open to students at multiple levels)
* all courses run 6 weeks, June 20-July 29, 2011
* these 6 week courses are equivalent to one year (3 quarters) of study in the UofC program during the academic year
* the first-year courses prepare you to satisfy the undergraduate Language Competency requirement in only 6 weeks of study
* courses will be supplemented by weekly lunches from area Slavic restaurants and possible field trips to Russian, Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian restaurants, shops, etc. in Chicago
Program descriptions are available at:
and registration and tuition details are available from the Graham School at:
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Summer 2011 Slavic Language Program at the University of Chicago
Summer Russian Courses

RUSS 11100 Intensive Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 1; Instructors: Steven Clancy and Staff
RUSS 11200 Intensive Introduction to Russian Langauge and Culture 2; Instructors: Steven Clancy and Staff
RUSS 11300 Intensive Elementary Russian Conversation and Reading; Instructors: Steven Clancy and Staff

RUSS 20111 Intensive Intermediate Russian Language and Culture 1; Instructors: Steven Clancy and Staff
RUSS 20201 Intensive Intermediate Russian Language and Culture 2; Instructors: Steven Clancy and Staff
RUSS 20301 Intensive Intermediate Russian Conversation and Reading; Instructors: Steven Clancy and Staff

RUSS 21700 Introduction to Interpretation (Russian-English, English-Russian); Instructor: Valentina Pichugin
RUSS 21701 Intermediate Interpretation: Consecutive and Simultaneous (Russian-English, English-Russian); Instructor: Valentina Pichugin

Introductory Russian (1st-year Russian)

RUSS 11100 Intensive Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 1
RUSS 11200 Intensive Introduction to Russian Langauge and Culture 2
PREREQUISITES: NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED. EQUIVALENT TO ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN (RUSS 10100-10200-10300).

This six-week course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Russian for those who would like to speak Russian or use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking) are stressed. Students will also be introduced to Russian culture through readings, screenings, and city outings. The course provides a year of Russian in two 3-week summer quarter courses.

Class meets 3 hours daily, Monday-Friday (90 total contact hours). Students must take both courses in the sequence (11100-11200), and will be billed for two courses. This course is suitable for preparing students to satisfy the College Language Competency requirement. Students with FLAS fellowships require an additional 50 contact hours and are required to take RUSS 11300 “Intensive Elementary Russian Conversation and Reading”. This course is optional for all other students. [Hyde Park] Sessions I-II (6 weeks) MTuWThF 9:30am-12:20pm

The course is taught by Steven Clancy and Staff. Steven Clancy is Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Course Cost: $2975 for academic credit per course or $2000 per course for auditors.

RUSS 11300 Intensive Elementary Russian Conversation and Reading
PREREQUISITES: NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED. STUDENTS MUST BE CONCURRENTLY ENROLLED IN RUSS 11100-11200.

This six-week course provides practice in conversation, reading for research, and additional grammar drill complementing material covered in RUSS 11100-11200 “Intensive Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 1 and 2″. All four major communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking) are stressed.

Class meets 2 hours daily, Monday-Thursday (50 total contact hours). There will be one Friday 2-hour session during the first week of class. Students must be concurrently enrolled in RUSS 11100-11200. This course is required for all students with FLAS fellowships and is optional for all other students. [Hyde Park] Sessions I-II (6 weeks) MTWTh 1:00pm-2:50pm

The course is taught by Steven Clancy and Staff. Steven Clancy is Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Course Cost: $2975 for academic credit per course or $2000 per course for auditors.

Intermediate Russian (2nd-year Russian)

RUSS 20111 Intensive Intermediate Russian Language and Culture 1
RUSS 20201 Intensive Intermediate Russian Language and Culture 2
PREREQUISITES: RUSS 10100-10200-10300/RUSS 10400-10500-10600 OR ONE-YEAR KNOWLEDGE OF RUSSIAN REQUIRED. EQUIVALENT TO SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN (RUSS 20110-20200-20300).

This six-week course provides a comprehensive continuing course in modern Russian for those who would like to speak Russian or use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking) are stressed. Russian culture will be explored through readings, screenings, and city outings. The course provides a year of Russian in two 3-week summer quarter courses.

Class meets 3 hours daily, Monday-Friday (90 total contact hours). Students must take both courses in the sequence (20111-20201), and will be billed for two courses. Students with FLAS fellowships require an additional 30 contact hours and are required to take RUSS 20301 “Intensive Intermediate Russian Conversation and Reading”. This course is optional for all other students. [Hyde Park] Sessions I-II (6 weeks) MTuWThF 9:30am-12:20pm

The course is taught by Steven Clancy and Staff. Steven Clancy is Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Course Cost: $2975 for academic credit per course or $2000 per course for auditors.

RUSS 20301 Intensive Intermediate Russian Conversation and Reading
PREREQUISITES: STUDENTS MUST BE CONCURRENTLY ENROLLED IN RUSS 20011-20012.

This six-week course provides practice in conversation, reading for research, and additional grammar drill complementing material covered in RUSS 20011-20012 “Intensive Intermediate Russian Language and Culture 1 and 2″. All four major communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking) are stressed.

Class meets 2 hours daily, Monday-Thursday (50 total contact hours). There will be one Friday 2-hour session during the first week of class. Students must be concurrently enrolled in RUSS 20011-20012. This course is required for all students with FLAS fellowships and is optional for all other students. [Hyde Park] Sessions I-II (6 weeks) MTWTh 1:00pm-2:50pm

The course is taught by Steven Clancy and Staff. Steven Clancy is Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Course Cost: $2975 for academic credit per course or $2000 per course for auditors.

Simultaneous Interpretation (Russian-English, English-Russian)

RUSS 21700 Introduction to Interpretation (Russian-English, English-Russian)
PREREQUISITES: FLUENCY IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN. STUDENTS WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN INTERPRETING WILL WORK FROM THEIR “WEAKER” LANGUAGE INTO THEIR STRONGER; STUDENTS WITH MORE PRACTICE (ADVANCED AND IMMERSION COURSES, TIME LIVING IN RUSSIA, RAISED IN RUSSIAN SPEAKING HOUSEHOLDS, ETC.) WILL PRACTICE BOTH WAYS.

This course introduces students to the field of conference interpretation in general and to consecutive interpretation in particular. It emphasizes the ability to understand and analyze a message in the source language (Russian/English) and convey it in the target language (English/Russian) in a straightforward and clear manner. The course develops a student’s ability to analyze and paraphrase the meaning of a passage in the source language, and to identify the passage’s components and establish a logical relationship among them. Students will focus on active listening and concentration skills, memory enhancing techniques, and the ability to abstract information for subsequent recall. Basic elements of note-taking will be discussed as well. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret 3-5 minute extemporaneous passages on familiar topics. During practice sessions students will listen to and repeat the content of passages of increasing length and difficulty. Topics will cover daily life, current events and the media, as well as general areas of students’ interest.
Class meets 3 hours daily, Monday-Friday (45 total contact hours). [Hyde Park] Session I (3 weeks) MTuWThF 9:30am-12:20pm

The course is taught by Valentina Pichugin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Course Cost: $2975 for academic credit per course or $2000 per course for auditors.

RUSS 21701 Intermediate Interpretation: Consecutive and Simultaneous (Russian-English, English-Russian)
PREREQUISITES: RUSS 21700 INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION, OR EQUIVALENT; CONSENT OF THE INSTRUCTOR.

This course develops skills and improves techniques acquired in RUSS 21700 Introduction to Interpretation. In consecutive interpretation, the following will be emphasized: clarity of expression, correct style and grammar, proper diction and presentation, and strategies for dealing with cultural and linguistic problems. Students will expand their active vocabulary to include terms and idioms frequent in extemporaneous speeches. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret extemporaneous passages of moderate difficulty derived from professional settings (sources will vary). Basic strategies for simultaneous interpretation will be introduced, and exercises will be provided to help develop the concentration necessary for listening and speaking at the same time. The students will work to master voice management, and to acquire smooth delivery techniques. Students will learn to analyze discourse for meaning while rendering a coherent interpretation in the target language with correct grammar, diction and style. At the end of the course, students will be able to interpret 8-10 minute passages from public lectures, radio addresses, interviews, news reports, etc.
Class meets 3 hours daily, Monday-Friday (45 total contact hours). [Hyde Park] Session II (3 weeks) MTuWThF 9:30am-12:20pm

The course is taught by Valentina Pichugin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Course Cost: $2975 for academic credit per course or $2000 per course for auditors.

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Russian Strategic Language Initiative Program, California State University

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 25th, 2011

Russian Language Immersion Program at CSUN

ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ! Welcome!

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UPDATED: Follow up message from the program organizers.

This program is part of the federally funded Strategic Language Initiative (SLI). SLI aims to bolster U.S. national security by expanding foreign language education in this country, especially in the critically needed languages of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. The Russian Language Immersion Program at CSUN is a component of the Southern California Consortium of California State Universities for the Strategic Language Initiative.

The SLI Language Program Model

The SLI Language Program Model includes three language development phases for each cohort of participants to move from low or mid-intermediate proficiency level to high intermediate or low-advanced level:

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Summer Language Immersion:

A 6-week residential or extended day program that integrates language and culture courses of study.  The program is open to students from any CSU campus or local community college who meet our admission criteria.  Students receive in-class language instruction in the mornings and participate in cultural activities in the target language in the afternoons.  The program includes language instruction, group activities, projects, online and individualized learning, guest lectures and field trips. Students also have access to a body of specialized language materials including target language websites, video/DVD documentaries, newspapers, magazines and other relevant and contemporary reading materials

MCj03035810000[1]Academic Year Individualized Language Study:

During the 10-month academic year, SLI participants continue to engage in language development activities, including face-to-face, mentoring, tutorial, and online coursework.  All learning activities are designed to further advance language proficiency and to connect each student’s language learning with the content in his or her academic discipline via authentic written material and oral interaction. Faculty members from the student’s discipline, with native language skills may serve as mentors during the academic year.  On-line language materials, organized and matched to the student’s abilities and academic needs, provide the majority of the reading and writing assignments. In addition to meetings with the mentor, periodic face-to-face intensive colloquia ensure oral proficiency development. Consistent tracking of student progress and feedback is provided via weekly and monthly activity logs and reports.

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SLI students who reach at least mid-intermediate level of the target language participate in a study abroad program designed to further advance students’ language proficiency and broaden their cross-cultural experience.   Students are obliged to use the target language at all times. SLI study abroad students design an independent field study project that will provide them with an in-depth experience in the host country and its culture, beyond the experience at the university and on excursions.  The project should relate to students’ field of study and future professional goals. Upon return, each student will make a formal presentation of the portfolio or report in the target language.

2011 Summer Russian Language Immersion Residential Program

Red Plaza, Moscow, Russia

Level of Proficiency:

Low Intermediate to High Intermediate, to Advanced

Location:

Campus of California State University, Northridge

Duration:

May – July, 2011

Eligibility:

Must be a heritage or non-heritage non-native speaker. There will be a screening test before selecting the participants, who will be expected to achieve Intermediate fluency level at the end of the Summer Program. Priority is given to current CSU students followed by those from California community colleges and Universities of California. Selected participants must commit to fully apply themselves to the goals of the program and to follow it to completion.

Church of Blessed Virgin, Moscow, Russia

Number of Students Accepted:

20

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2010

Download application: Adobe Acrobat

For more information contact:

Professor Dina Mokhnatkina
e-mail: dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-3593

website: http://www.csun.edu/SLI.Russian

California State University Northridge
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8247

For more information about the Strategic Language Initiative at California State University, go to:

http://www.calstate.edu/FederalRelations/documents/SLI_1.pdf

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