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Russian Immersion Program

STARTALK Russian immersion program

“Connecting People and Cultures: Russian language through the Arts and Media” • Summer 2022

STARTALK Russian immersion program is designed for 24 high school students, grades 9-12, who are interested in learning Russian. Previous knowledge of Russian is not required. The program aims to increase student proficiency in Russian from Novice to Intermediate Low, based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines, by the end of the entire program.

The program has two parts: Part One is a residential three-week program, July 10-31, 2022, that will take place on the campus of Oklahoma City University; Part Two is a follow-up virtual “Russian café,” which are virtual monthly meetings from August 2022 through May 2023, for 4.5 hours per month. The purpose of the Russian café is to maintain and develop student proficiency in Russian after the residential portion of the program.

During the residential portion of the program students will have a chance to be immersed in the Russian language and cultures of Russian-speaking regions. They will have 4 hours of language instruction every week day + at least 2 hours of cultural activities (music, art, cooking, movie and game nights, etc.) in the target language. On weekends the students will go on field trips to Russian cultural sites in Oklahoma City and Tulsa (Russian café, store, museums with Russian paintings). The theme of the camp is learning Russian language through art, “Connecting People and Cultures: Russian Language through the Arts and Media” and students interested in art are particularly encouraged to apply. In addition to language classes, students will have at least one hour of instruction in Russian art (in Russian) every week day.

The program covers housing, board, and transportation to Oklahoma City (up to $650 for airfare total) for students. To apply, please fill out this application form.

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