Russian Strategic Language Initiative Program, California State University

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 25th, 2011

Russian Language Immersion Program at CSUN


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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:


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.

j0293234Summer Study Abroad Immersion:

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


Campus of California State University, Northridge


May – July, 2011


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:


Application Deadline:

March 1, 2010

Download application: Adobe Acrobat

For more information contact:

Professor Dina Mokhnatkina
Phone: 818-677-3593


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:

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  1. Mariel says:

    I would like more information about this program for the summer of 2011. Can you please forward me information?

  2. Sasha Belyi says:

    For more information contact:
    Professor Dina Mokhnatkina
    Phone: 818-677-3593

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