From Orlando to Russia Through Cultural Projects

Dr. Alla Kourova will be hosting a virtual seminar titled “From Orlando to Russia Through Cultural Projects.” She will be discussing how she uses cultural projects with the students in the classroom to teach Russian language and culture. Anyone interested in learning about cultural projects is invited to register for the event at the link The seminar will begin on Zoom on Thursday June 25th  at 1:00pm.

“I Love Russia” Project

In this video, members of R.A.S.A. discuss why they love Russian culture. This project is titled, “I Love Russia.” These students discuss why the chose to learn Russian language, what interests them in the Russian culture, and what similarities have they noticed between Russians and Americans. Thank you Michelle Verbitskaya for creating an editing this video. Enjoy!

Pushkin Reading for “Honor Pushkin” Event

Here are the links to the video of some of our members of RASA, former UCF Russian language students, and Dr. Alla Kourova reading Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin,” “Wind Wind, You Are Mighty,” “I Loved You,” and “Winter Morning.” These videos were created for the online event, “Let’s Honor Pushkin,” dedicated to the 221st anniversary of the great poet. The Russian Cultural Center in Washington D.C. uploaded these videos to their Facebook page. The video of RASA members and Dr. Kourova reading “Eugene Onegin” was also posted on the Facebook page of the Embassy of Russia in the U.S. Enjoy!

Invitation for Pushkin Birthday Reading

We invite you to take part in the online event “Let’s Honor Pushkin,” dedicated to the 221st anniversary of the great poet! Anyone can become a participant of the action: for this it is necessary to read Pushkin’s poetic lines in Russian or English, record your own speech and post the video on social networks with hashtags #Let’sreadPushkin2020 and #PushkinUSA2020 or just send your video to us at 📧 You can speak both individually, and in a team of up to five people. We are waiting for everyone! Let’s fill our news feeds with beautiful poetry of the Great Russian genius!   #Rossotrudnicestvo # Pushkin2020 #ReadPuskin #Rossotrudnichestvo #Pushkin

Приглашаем принять участие онлайн-акции «Почитаем Пушкина», приуроченной к 221-летию со дня рождения великого поэта!Участниками акции может стать любой: для этого необходимо прочитать пушкинские стихотворные строчки на русском или английском языках, записать собственное выступление и выложить видеозапись в социальные сети с хештегами #ПочитаемПушкина2020 и #ПушкинСША2020 или просто направить свое видео нам на адрес Выступать можно как индивидуально, так и в коллективе до пяти человек. Ждем абсолютно всех! Давайте вместе наполним наши новостные ленты прекрасной поэзией Великого русского гения! #Rossotrudnicestvo #Pushkin2020 #ReadPuskin #Россотрудничество #Пушкин

Winners of the 2020 CARTA Essay Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 CARTA (Central Association of Russian Teachers of America in cooperation with Russian Cultural Center in Washington D.C.) Essay Contest “US – Soviet Relations During World War II: The Path to Victory over Fascism”. All the universities across the United States participated in this contest. UCF participants were from the first and second year of Russian program and high schools students from the summer STARTALK program. The winners are below and they will be also recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the national CARTA Conference.

  • College division:
    • Gold Medal: Cadet Sarah Whitley from the U.S. Air Force Academy
    • Silver Medal: Eric Nall from the University of Central Florida, and George Kapitan from the University of Tulsa
    • Bronze Medal: Benjamin Giltner from the University of Central Florida, and Dmitriy Loza from the University of Tulsa
  • Pre-college divison:
    • Gold Medal: George Dyer from Rockledge High School, STARTALK, FL
    • Silver Medal: Douglas Dyer from Rockledge High School, STARTALK, FL

The Russian language program students have been collaborating with two Russian schools in the International Project “Connecting Classrooms” for many years (Lyceum #7 in Novocherkassk, Rostov-on-Don region for 10 years and Moscow City University for 4 years). Every year the students from both countries work on different international projects through e-mails and Skype conferences. This year the students have worked on a project titled “US – Soviet Relations During World War II: The Path to Victory over Fascism”. As a result of these project collaborations, UCF students were able to enter their own essays in the national essay contest “US – Soviet Relations During World War II: The Path to Victory over Fascism”, which was organized by Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) in cooperation with Russian Cultural Center in Washington D.C. Essay submissions included both a college division category and a pre-college division category for high school students. UCF students from the summer STARTALK program (pre-college division) placed first and second in this national contest. Additionally, UCF students from the Intermediate Russian group (college division) received second and third place. In collaboration with Moscow City University; Moscow, Russia (Director Dr. Tatiana Makarova) in spite of COVID-19 both groups have worked on a creative video based on the topic above. Please watch this beautiful, collaborative, creative work between two universities where the students express their wish to live in peace and friendship.

Sixth Year Receiving STARTALK Grant

Dr. Kourova has recived STARTALK grant. This is the sixth year. STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants support programs for students and teachers of eight critical need languages. During first 4 years it was a program for Russian Language and Culture titled “Preparation for the business trip to Russia.” Last year for the first time Arabic language was included and the ongoing theme is “Where East Meets West”. All STARTALK 2020 summer programs will be deferred to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Laureate Award

Student from the Russian Advanced group, Eric Tangarifle, received the ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Laureate Award for promoting Russian Language and Culture at UCF and being an active Russian Club officer, president, and STARTALK teacher assistant for last 4 years. Congratulations Eric on this achievement!

Watch: WWII Remembrance

The international youth competition of social cinema and social advertising, initiated by the Belarusian social and cultural public association “Heritage” and the Belarusian-Russian University in the city of Mogilev summarizes. Young people aged 13 to 28 take part in the competition.

The winners will be selected based on the results of a comprehensive vote: jury members and audience votes. From numerous entries, 22 video clips with a duration of up to 3 minutes were selected and approved for voting. For diplomas claim participants from different countries: Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and the United States.

The Youth Club of the Russian-American Community Center of Florida (represented by 15-year-old club leader Alec-David Jenkins from Orlando and his Belarusian friends: Vyacheslav Klindyuk, Natalia Zherko and Elena Posternak, with the support of BELARUSdirect travel agency) takes part in this competition , presenting the video clip “Memory, appealing to the world.”

Alec – born in the United States in a mixed Russian-American family. Having been on excursions in the Republic of Belarus, he was very impressed with everything he saw there. He was particularly impressed by a visit to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, the Stalin Line and other objects associated with the Second World War. That is why they made a decision to take part in this International Youth Competition in the Heritage nomination.

The video clip is dedicated to the Belarusian memorial complex “Khatyn”, which symbolizes the courage and unbearableness of the people of Belarus, who brought innumerable sacrifices in the name of victory over fascism. Khatyn – a former Belarusian village, burned to the ground by the Nazis, along with people. 186 of these villages were burned on the Belarusian land. Khatyn has become a symbol of the tragedy of the Belarusian people. In memory of the 3 million Belarusians who died in World War II, this video was created. Compatriots from the United States remember and honor their historical heritage.

Friends! Support Alec Jenkins and his team, which presented this video clip to the international competition of social cinema in the nomination “Heritage”. Put your LIKE under the video on YouTube and write your comments.
REMEMBER, Proud and Honor!