Indiana University Bloomington

Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer
Director of the Summer Language Workshop

Ariann Stern-Gottschalk

Office number: GA 4045
Office telephone: (812) 855-1648
E-mail address:

Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.

Dissertation: "The Verbs of Motion in Old Russian Texts: a Comparative Grammatical Analysis of a Nascent Verb Class."

Research Interests:

  1. Teaching to specific modalities in the second language curriculum (especially reading),
  2. Improving pedagogy through peer evaluation and course assessment, and
  3. Incorporating information literacy in the classroom.

My teaching philosophy shares a great deal with the holistic curriculum, which emphasizes how the parts of a whole relate to each other to form the whole and focuses on how students find meaning through connections. To me, successful learning depends in large part on helping students make connections: between the material in class and students’ interests and major fields, between course material and a broader cultural or historical context, and between material introduced throughout the course. Ultimately, I aim to foster independent learning. To do this I have been actively incorporating principles of information literacy in my classes with the goal of providing tools for independent, self-motivated inquiry and research. It’s important that students learn how to find information, and understand how to organize and evaluate sources that can help them apply that information in meaningful ways.

Bibliography and an ability to work with outside sources has an important place in my teaching both as a means of working with and modeling best practices in information literacy but also to ground the subject matter in related scholarship that promotes understanding of the larger cultural and historical contexts relevant to the course material and also leads back to the meaningful connections students might make between course content and their related personal interests.

Courses I have taught at IU:

  • Intermediate Russian
  • Russian for Graduate Students
  • Old Russian Literature
  • Old Church Slavic
  • Polish Jewish Culture
  • Methods of Russian Language Instruction
  • Linguistics through Literature
  • Russian Jewish Writers