Black History Month and RASA

February is Black History Month, and R.A.S.A board has prepared for you an interesting conversation with Dr. Morris about this topic, and its relations to Russian Language! This presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm. Please visit this wonderful presentation! It is food for thought!

Meeting ID: 915 5884 1469

Passcode: UiExq7

International Week

Hello everyone! International Week at UCF begins this Monday. There will be multiple events related to Russian language, culture, and career opportunities. Below is the schedule for these events. See you there!

International week organized by the Russian Language program:
Monday November 16th, 11:30 – Guest Speaker, Dr. Barry Morris, NAFSA Board, Washington D.C.
“Russian Language and Literature in the International Education”, coordinator is Dr. Kourova.

Monday, November 16th, 5:00pm – Guest Speaker, Natalia Rydvanova, Cultural Office of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Washington D.C.
“A virtual tour around the Russian Embassy: history and culture”. The presentation is organized by the Russian American Students’ Association at UCF. Coordinators are Mariana Kellis (R.A.S.A president) and Dr. Kourova (R.A.S.A adviser)

Wednesday, November 18th, 11:30am – Guest Speaker, Don Gentile, Chief, Workforce Shaping Group, IC SLA/CLO, DNI/CHCO
“The importance of the foreign language jobs for the U.S. Intelligence Community”. The presentation will be based on Russian as a critical language, event coordinator is Dr. Alla Kourova.

Wednesday, November 18th, 12:30pm – Presenters: Mariana Kellis (R.A.S.A. President) and Victoria Orindas ( SALT president)
“Service and Love Together: helping local and international community”, Coordinator/adviser is Dr. Alla Kourova

Friday, November 20th, 10:00am – International Projects “Connecting Classrooms”.
UCF Students from Intermediate Russian Class and Russian Students from Novocherkassk, Russia will discuss educational systems in both countries. Coordinator is Dr. Kourova

Friday, November 20t, 3:30 – “Cooking Show with Dr. Kourova”. Cooking traditional Russian food together. Come and have fun!
If you want to cook together and practice have on your table the following food items:

For dissert “Sharlotka”:
1 glass of flower.
3 eggs
1 glass of sugar
2-3 apples

For the dinner dish “Russian beef stroganoff”
1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin (sliced into thin, 2-inch-long strips)
 Salt and pepper
 2 onions (finely chopped)
 4 ounces butter
 4 ounces button mushrooms (sliced)
 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup beef stock
 Pinch dry mustard
 1 tablespoon tomato paste
 1/2 cup sour cream

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.

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

2nd Day of STARTALK

Participants learning the alphabet


On the second day of the program, STARTALK participants had classes in the morning. They learned the Cyrillic alphabet, ways to introduce themselves, and how to write in cursive. Participants also sang songs, played “Морской Бой” (battleship) and “Телефон” (telephone).

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