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Lecturer in Russian, University of Kentucky, Preferred Deadline April 22

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a one-year position as Lecturer in Russian beginning August 2011. The successful candidate will teach Russian language courses and courses in 20th/21st-century Russian literature, culture, and film; ability to teach Russian/East Slavic folklore would be a plus. The teaching load is three courses per semester.

Qualifications include a PhD or ABD (PhD in hand by August 2011) in Slavic Studies with a focus on 20th/21st century Russian literary, film, and cultural studies, knowledge of current language pedagogy and successful experience in teaching Russian, a research program, and native or near-native fluency in English and Russian.

Competitive salary and health benefits.

Applicants should send letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio, and placement dossier with at least three letters of recommendation to:

Prof. Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Chair, Russian Search Committee, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, 1055 POT, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0027. Applications will be acknowledged.

Review of applications will begin April 22 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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STARTALK Russian Teacher Program: Second Language and Immersion Methodologies, Concordia Language Villages

Concordia Language Villages is pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from STARTALK to offer a 4-credit graduate course in Second Language and Immersion Methodologies at the Russian Language Village.

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for  STARTALK RUSSIAN TEACHERS Grades K- 16

Dates:  June 23 – July 9, 2011
Location:  Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota

Application:  Attached

Description:  The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this four-credit graduate level course.  A residential program designed for K-16 teachers of Russian, the participants will enhance their understanding of best practices in teaching Russian through participation in language learning groups and activities at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages.  Active participation in the Russian Language Village program will be accompanied by class discussions about the methods observed and current research onsecond language acquisition.  Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action at Lesnoe Ozero will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy.  The use of music to teach Russian will be highlighted in the program with discussions facilitated by guest presenter, Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson.   Because of the building configuration of the Russian Language Village, participants will be able to live on-site for this experience, participating in the daily schedule as observers and co-leaders of activities as appropriate.  They will also have their own classes to discuss professional readings, share observations, and prepare materials for use at Russian Language Village and in their classrooms.  The program director is Lara Ravitch, Dean of the Russian Language Village.  She will also serve as an instructor, specializing in content-based instruction.  Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Director of Russian Studies and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, will be a guest presenter.  Donna Clementi, Director of Education and Research at Concordia Language Villages, will be the lead instructor.  Four graduate credits will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Program costs:
$1680  Tuition for the four-credit graduate course ($420/graduate credit)
$640    Housing and all meals at the Russian Language Village

Full scholarships in the amount of $2310 are available to participants through the STARTALK program.  In addition, each participant will receive up to $300 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

STARTALK scholarships are available to applicants who are selected to participate in the program.  Selection is based on response to the question about motivation for applying to the STARTALK program, and current/future teaching situation.

Please contact Donna Clementi if you have any questions.

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Heritage Language Teacher Workshop, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA, Application Deadline May 1

National Heritage Language Resource Center 2011 Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
Dates: July 17-22, 2011 Application Deadline: May 1, 2011

Do you have students in your K-16 language classroom or community school who are home speakers of the language you are teaching, i.e. heritage learners? Consider applying for a one-week workshop in July that targets this population. You’ll have a chance to collaborate with teachers from Los Angeles and across the country as you learn to design your own curriculum for classes with heritage students as well as those with both heritage and second language learners. The workshop will also address topics such as selecting appropriate materials and assessment tools for heritage learners. Workshop faculty are experts in both heritage language teaching and bridging the gap between theory and practice, making for a dynamic learning environment.

The workshop’s goals are to:
1. Understand the differences and similarities between L2 and HL teaching, including assessment
2. Set goals for HL instruction that differ from objectives for L2 programs
3. Design a curriculum that takes students’ initial proficiencies into account.
4. Incorporate knowledge of the community including use of demographic tools in curricular design and materials development.
5. Incorporate National Foreign Language Standards and California Standards for World Languages into teaching.

There is no charge for this workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel & accommodations for out-of-state participants. Please visit the NHLRC website ( for more information and to apply.

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Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment, Linguistic Society of America 2011 Summer Institute, July 30-31

Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment


This workshop will discuss and analyze the major sociolinguistic factors in the process of language endangerment. This will take the form of presentations on particular communities from an insider and outsider perspective, as well as overview presentations on specific types of endangerment factors. We will also attempt to provide some examples of successful language maintenance and revitalization strategies.

The workshop is sponsored by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes and is organized by the CIPL Professor in the 2011 LSA Summer Institute, David Bradley. The workshop will comprise invited presentations and a summary panel discussion session on Saturday July 30. The planned list of invited speakers includes David Bradley, La Trobe U; James Cowell, U of Colorado; Pierpaolo diCarlo, SUNY Buffalo; Lise Dobrin, U of Virginia; Arienne Dwyer, U of Kansas; Lenore Grenoble, U of Chicago; Barbra Meek, U of Michigan; and Ofelia Zepeda, U of Arizona. The examples will be drawn primarily from the Americas, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Abstracts are now invited for presentations on Sunday July 31, either in 15-minute talks or in poster form. These should be sent by March 31, 2011 to David Bradley and speakers will be advised by May 15, 2011 whether their presentations have been accepted.


  • David Bradley, d DOT bradley AT latrobe DOT edu DOT au


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CEERES Friends: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This department advances research and provides instruction in the Slavic languages and literatures. The department offers a diverse array of courses in language, linguistics, and literature. Undergraduates may earn degrees with any of the following concentrations: Russian Language and Literature, Russian Linguistics, West Slavic Language & Literature, or Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate concentrations include Russian Literature, Slavic Linguistics and Languages, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Polish and Czech Studies. The department also offers a joint B.A./M.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures, strongly encourages their students to engage in study abroad opportunities, and sponsors a variety of guest lectures, seminars, and workshops throughout the year.

Check out events happening at the Slavic Department.

Sign up for announcements: slavic department, slavic talks, slavic undergraduates, russian language event.

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GEEO Summer Travel Programs for Educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers.

GEEO is offering 13 different travel programs for the summer of 2011: India/Nepal, China, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey/Syria/Jordan/Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana,Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica and Guatemala/Belize/Mexico.

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) andprofessional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO also advises teachers on how to find funding to subsidize the cost of the trips. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and University educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can also be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between9AM-9PM EST. To sign-up for GEEO’s listserv, please send an email to with the subject line “subscribe.” To follow us on facebook click here and then click the “like” button.

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Intensive Russian Program, American Home in Vladimir, Russia

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Study Intensive Russian in Vladimir!

The American Home has proudly offered intensive Russian courses for foreigners for many years now. Our qualified and experienced instructors, Tanya Akimova and Nelli Mukhammadieva have many years of experience in teaching Russian to foreign students. Our students live with host families here in the ancient city of Vladimir, and can fully immerse themselves in both the Russian language and culture.

An exciting setting: Experience ancient Russia in modern-day Vladimir

The historic city of Vladimir is an ideal setting in which to become immersed in Russian culture.  This 1,000+ year old city of more than 300,000 is located approximately 120 miles northeast of Moscow.  Students are met at the airport in Moscow and driven past vast forests and fields, through villages and small towns to this former capitol of ancient Rus.

During your stay you will travel to the nearby picturesque town of Suzdal, in addition to touring the historic sights of Vladimir.  These include the magnificent Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates, both of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  You will become intimately acquainted with the increasingly modern shops and outdoor markets, and visit your new Russian friends in their Soviet-era apartments.

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Program Features

  • Room and board with a Russian family (2 meals a day)
  • Well-educated native speakers trained to teach Russian to foreigners
  • Intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Lessons conducted on the trolley bus, in an open air market, and elsewhere in the community
  • Classroom lessons in the comfortable, well equipped American Home where you will meet Russians studying English

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Set Your Own Dates!

Dates: Open May 1–August 30
although fall and winter dates are possible

Cost: Eight weeks (120 hours of formal lessons) – $5,645.00
Six weeks (90 hours of formal lessons) – $4,425.00
Four weeks (60 hours of formal lessons)- $3,205.00
Longer and shorter programs, from two weeks to a year, are also possible.
Please contact David Johnson (
for a cost estimate of your desired program.

Signup: At least three months prior to departure with a $500 deposit required.
Balance due at least 30 days prior to departure.

To apply to study intensive Russian at the American Home, simply
click here to download the application instructions. Please email your completed application – or any questions regarding our program – to David Johnson at

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Comments from our former students

“The American Home was not only instrumental to my success in Vladimir in a host of ways, but really is, and will always be a “home away from home” for me. I am so very grateful to everyone there who took an interest in me, my work, and family, and who made me so welcome. And I must especially thank Nelli and Tanya [Russian language teachers] for THEIR hard work. They managed to combine the exacting standards of true professionals with the sort of humanity and intelligence that made them a delight to learn from. I cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone who wants to study in an authentically Russian and timelessly beautiful place like Vladimir.”

Marlyn Miller, PhD in Russian History, 2009
Brandeis University
Ms. Miller’s complete essay

“Two of our students who studied in Vladimir this past summer are in my upper-level literature seminar together with several Russian students. They can hold their own. Their comprehension is excellent. Sometimes they know words the native speakers do not know. They both praise their Vladimir teachers, and they clearly did learn a lot.”

Prof. Lina Bernstein, Chair
Department of German and Russian
Franklin & Marshall College

Studying Russian at the American Home in Vladimir

In my life, I’ve made three trips that changed how I see things:  the first to Guatemala to adopt my son, the second to Colombia to adopt my daughter, and the third to the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, to study the language and culture through Serendipity.

Until now, you could call me an indifferent student of language; yet two weeks in Vladimir turned me completely around, and for reasons I’ll try to explain.  The people, to start with, were wonderful.  I stayed in the home of a woman who spoke at most ten words of English, but pulled out all stops in her efforts to please me. In Russia, this seems to mean feeding a guest at least three times as much as their stomach can hold, namely blini for breakfast, and dinner with multiple courses, including soup, bread, salad, fish, tea, and the ubiquitous chocolate, placed on my pillow at bedtime.

Determined to make the most of my time in Vladimir (and not just at the dinner table) I arranged for three hours of daily individual Russian lessons at the American Home. Like Zina, my hostess, the teacher, Tanya Akimova, spoke only Russian.  This caused me to panic at first since I’d only just started the language;  yet her talent was such that within a few days I was speaking in sentences, going to cafes and stores by myself, telling Zina about my family, even joking in Russian.  In short, I was hooked.

Many others made my stay in Vladimir a joy.  These included Galya and Alexei Altonen, Directors of the American Home who invited me to their home for snacks and the opportunity to meet their luxurious Maine Coon cats;  Tanya Zaitseva, a teacher, who arranged for me to lecture in her school as well as at Vladimir State University;  Nadya Pyanikova, my excellent tour guide, who took me to Moscow and Suzdal;  Nina Zaragoza and the other high-energy American teachers, troopers all;  the American Home staff, utterly polite and efficient; and the many friends of my hostess, Zina, who came by her flat to meet the Amerikanka and, naturally, to bring me gifts.

Lastly, beyond the warm-hearted people, and the excellence of my language instruction, there was something about Russia that eluded description–yet affected me deeply.  It is, as they say, a country of stark contradiction, as even the most cursory knowledge of its history attests.

Perhaps this is Serendipity’s greatest gift–facilitating the process by which Americans can peer into another culture, however briefly, and come away with an alternately chilly and snug sense that people everywhere are similar, but also very different–and in ways that can be utterly pleasing and new.

Professor Helen Campbell
Department of Business & Management/Department of Criminology, University of Maryland, University College-Europe

I want to thank you for that irreplaceable opportunity to intensify my knowledge of the Russian language and to deepen my understanding of contemporary trends in post-Communist Russia.  Without the auspices of the American Home none of these scholarly pursuits would have been possible.

In the course of daily Russian lessons spread over three months I encountered the best Russian language instruction that I have been privileged to experience in, lo, these many years of seeking to master a most difficult language. Your native-speaker language teachers were both technically proficient and adept at using what I take to be the most advanced approaches to encouraging students to learn a foreign language.

As always is the case, however, one of the most valuable aspects of any language program in situ is the political and cultural acclimatization that is part and parcel of the language instruction experience.  After an 8-year absence from Russia, the opportunity to observe political, economic and social conditions first hand under your auspices was irreplaceable.

The American Home is easily the single most influential American presence in the entire country outside Moscow and St. Petersburg that I have ever seen. Little more than a decade ago, we would have died for the opportunity to do what you are accomplishing in Vladimir.

Dr. Nils H. Wessell, Professor of Government, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT 06320

“I have many wonderful memories after two consecutive summers of intensive language study at the American Home in Vladimir.  It is impossible to completely convey just how rewarding this experience has been.  On a practical level, my two summers in Vladimir have enabled me to complete the equivalent of two years of college Russian–and I have an advantage over most of the students in my current third year class when it comes to speaking Russian.  In addition, while living in Vladimir you cannot miss the grand history and magnificent architecture that is located around every corner.  At the American Home I have learned both the language and a great deal about the Russian way of life.”

Peter York, University of Pittsburg

“I speak better Russian than 99% of the foreigners I know in Moscow.  My decision to live in Vladimir is the best one I’ve ever made.”

Matt Plischke, Miami University, Ohio

“The 3 1/2 months I spent in Vladimir were absolutely invaluable to me in understanding Russian language and culture.  As a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, a qualified Military Language Instructor, and participant in four intensive language refresher courses, I feel that studying Russian through Serendipity vastly improved my language skills.”

Staff Sergeant Christopher Higgins, Illinois State University

“Vladimir and the American Home are ideally situated.  Here, you have all the advantages of Russian city life, with all the charm of the nearby dachas.  The American Home really is the meeting and mixing point for two cultures.  The Russian lessons and the Russian homestay give you a chance to improve your speaking abilities while experiencing Russian culture firsthand.”

Erika Boeckler, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Living in Vladimir is the best thing I have ever done to improve my Russian and learn more about Russian culture.”

Rachel Lu Owens, University of Montana

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Instructors of Russian and Uzbek, 2011 Summer Critical Languages Institute, Arizona State University, Application Deadline March 4

Instructor of Elementary Russian (Posted 2010-02-15)

Arizona State University is seeks faculty associates to teach intensive Elementary Russian in its 2011 summer Critical Languages Institute. Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Russian linguistics or a closely related field; possess native or near-native proficiency in both Russian and English; and demonstrate the ability to teach an intensive elementary course in standard Russian. Preferred candidates will have experience teaching Russian to non-Russian speakers in an intensive setting. The successful candidates will teach Russian four hours daily, five days a week, for eight weeks, under the direction of CLI’s lead instructor for Russian, and will be called upon to contribute to cultural programming.

Information on the ASU summer Russian program is available at

Applications received by March 4, 2011 will have first priority. Thereafter applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed.

Application package must include a detailed letter of interest stating qualifications and teaching experience; a CV; and a list of three references. Materials should be sent to or mailed to Russian Search Committee, Critical Languages Institute, PO Box 874202, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4202.

Background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at: .

Instructor of Intermediate Uzbek (Posted 2010-02-15)

Arizona State University is seeks a faculty associate to teach intensive Intermediate Uzbek in its 2011 summer Critical Languages Institute. Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Turkic or Central Asian linguistics or a closely related field; possess native or near-native proficiency in both Uzbek and English; and demonstrate the ability to teach an intensive intermediate course in standard Uzbek. Preferred candidates will have experience teaching Uzbek to non-Uzbek speakers. The successful candidate will teach Uzbek four hours daily, five days a week, for eight weeks, in coordination with and under the direction of CLI’s lead instructor for Uzbek, and will be called upon to contribute to cultural programming.

Information on the ASU summer Uzbek program is available at

Applications received by March 4, 2011 will have first priority. Thereafter applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed.

Application package must include a detailed letter of interest stating qualifications and teaching experience; a CV; and a list of three references. Materials should be sent to or mailed to Uzbek Search Committee, Critical Languages Institute, PO Box 874202, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4202.

Background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at: .

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“Mutual intelligibility of closely related languages in Europe: linguistic and non-linguistic determinants” project, University of Groningen, Application Deadline March 15

PhD positions General Linguistics/Phonetics (3,0 fte) (211031-33)

You can apply for these vacancies until the closing date of 15 March 2011


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage what are currently 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job description

Applications are invited for three PhD students at the Graduate School for the Humanities, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen. Successful applicants will join the project Mutual intelligibility of closely related languages in Europe: linguistic and non-linguistic determinants which is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim of the project is to investigate the mutual intelligibility of related languages within the Germanic, Slavic and Romance language families. The results will be correlated with linguistic factors, such as phonetic and lexical distances, as well as extra-linguistic factors, such as language attitudes towards and familiarity with the languages concerned. Tests will also be carried out with English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) to compare the (mutual) intelligibility of related languages with the (mutual) intelligibility of ELF as spoken by the same groups of speakers. Each PhD student will cover one of the language areas (Germanic, Slavic or Romance) but they will work together methodologically and cooperate with senior researchers. The full project description can be downloaded from:


Preference will be given to candidates who can offer the following:

  • university graduate
  • Master’s degree in phonetics, linguistics (or related field)
  • good knowledge of languages and the language situation in the relevant language area (Germanic, Slavic or Romance)
  • an interest in experimental research, language planning, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics
  • statistical knowledge
  • experience with speech manipulation and speech processing programmes (e.g. PRAAT)
  • strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years
  • proven research abilities
  • publication skills and desire to publish
  • fluency in written and spoken English (TOEFL 620, IELTS 7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE)
  • ability to work collaboratively
  • an accurate way of working
  • self motivation.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years.

The 3 PhD candidates will be affiliated with the computational linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

These positions require residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in PhD dissertations. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidates’ results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

How to apply:
You can apply for these vacancies until the closing date of 15 March 2011.

Applications (in English or Dutch) should contain the following:

  • a letter of application
  • your curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, if any)
  • a copy of your diploma together with a list of grades; a copy of your passport
  • a copy of an article or short paper
  • the names and email addresses of two referees.

Send us your entire application in just 1 pdf-file please using the link to the application form below. Do NOT send your application to the e-mail addresses mentioned in this text. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration.

Job interviews will take place on 14 and 15 April 2011.

Starting date of the PhD projects: 1 September 2011.


Dr Charlotte Gooskens, +31 50 3635827,

Wyke van der Meer (for practical information),

Center for Language and Cognition Groningen


Application form for General Linguistics/Phonetics (3,0 fte) (211031-33)

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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:

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