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Using Authentic Materials in the Foreign Language Classroom — Teacher Workshop with Fellowship Support

cheburashkaIndiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
June 25-26, 2010

In this two-day workshop for teachers of East European and Central Asian languages, participants will explore ways of transforming authentic print, audio, video, internet, and other materials into effective foreign language classroom activities that address the National Standards in Foreign Language Education 5Cs framework for foreign language education (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, Communities). The workshop will focus primarily on instruction at the beginning and intermediate levels, but it should also benefit teachers of advanced-level students.

izvestiyaOpen to pre-service and in-service teachers in both pre-college and university/college programs, the workshop will be led by Thomas Garza, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The author of influential textbooks and teaching guides for Russian and English as a second language, Professor Garza has pioneered the use of computer technology and the integration of contemporary popular culture in foreign language classrooms. He has led workshops on these and other topics for foreign language teachers in all parts of the United States and in Russia and Hungary as well. A recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages National Award for Post-Secondary Teaching, Professor Garza has also published on such diverse topics as Slavic vampires, political attitudes of contemporary Russian youth, and Russian consumption habits.

A limited number of travel fellowships are available to pre-college Russian teachers who wish to attend the workshop. The fellowships will cover the cost of round-trip transportation between the teacher's home and the workshop site, one night's accommodation, and a small per diem towards meals. Preference will be given to applicants who currently teach Russian in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, or Michigan, but all are encouraged to apply.

To apply for a travel fellowship to the workshop, please contact Mark Trotter ( by May 1st.