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Russian Language

Please note: As of August, 2020, my time slots for all students in Russian language have been filled through the end of the year. I may have limited availability for advanced and intermediate level students in 2021.

I teach classes and work with students one-on-one online. I work with children, teenagers, and adults. As a native Russian speaker, I use a grammar-based approach to Russian with an emphasis on correct pronunciation from the very start. I prepare interested students and accompany them to the Illinois Olympiada of Spoken Russian. (My online students have come from as far away as California and Alabama to join!) I have helped students prepare and apply for opportunities to study abroad.

In 2018 we began a Russian literature club for heritage Russian-speaking children (ages 10 to 13), based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Our reading list so far includes Pushkin’s Dubrovsky, Gogol’s early tales, and Belkin’s Tales and fairy tales. During our conversations, we discuss art, film adaptations, folk tales, poetry, and even lubki. The kids have started their own website. Please visit us here.

The purpose of the group is to stimulate the kids’ intellectual curiosity about a variety of things connected to Russian culture. The students make their own illustrations, write letters in the persona of the characters, and come up with their own endings and interpretations. Although I provide some scholarly background information on the works we read, it is the freedom of analysis and the variety of their own perspectives that excite the kids and make the group successful.

If you are an advanced or intermediate level student interested in studying Russian, please fill out the form below and I will contact you about designing a program to meet your needs. If you have a Russian-speaking child in the Chicago area who would like to join our Russian literature group, please mention the group when you fill out the form.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Julia Denne

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