Bridging the Digital Gap Through Standards & Technology

Goal #1: Creation a combined set of methodological guidelines for Russian as a foreign language

Our first goal is to educate our participants about the standards of language teaching and classroom assessment in the U.S. (National Standards for Foreign Language Education, 5Cs) and in Russia (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language, TORFL). The aligning of standards across the two educational contexts is crucial to the successful preparation of U.S. students for study abroad in Russia since the TORFL system has become a major framework in Russia for teaching and testing Russian to foreigners. Our major goal is to promote both systems to improve Russian language teaching methodology in the U.S. and to provide our fellow professionals with an understanding of major similarities and differences in American and Russian teaching approaches and proficiency requirements.