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Lecture: The Russian Conjunction ‘A’ in RSL Acquisition & Pedagogy

Full title of lecture: “An Analysis of the Meaning of the Conjunction a in Russian with Attention to Its Implications for Second Language Acquisition and Russian Language Pedagogy”

Join the University of Virginia’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies for a special lecture by Prof. Mark Elson and Dr. Maria Ivanova. This lecture will be the second of the Fall 2016 Slavic Colloquium.

Russian Education in Virginia

This page contains information about Russian education for children (and, occasionally, adults) in Virginia. While most instruction occurs in the Russian language, some programs may offer instruction in English. Descriptions of these schools were written by the groups themselves. Please contact the school or institution directly for the most up-to-date information, as programs may change.

If your program or institution is not listed here and you would like to see it on this page, please use the Contact Us! form to let us know.

Kindergarten and Early Education Programs

The Metaphor Academic Center for Russian Language and Culture

This center, with two campuses in Falls Church, aims to preserve linguistic and cultural traditions for Virginia’s Russian-speaking population, as well as introduce Americans to Russia’s rich historical heritage. The center offers classes daily (except Sunday), for students in pre-kindergarten through early elementary school, and holds camps in the winter, spring, and summer. Typical classes include Russian language, speech, art, theater, music, mathematics, and chess.

To contact the school directly, send a message to schoolmetaphor@gmail.com.

Rainbow Early Learning Center

This center in Alexandria offers child care and early education services for infants and children of all ages. Daily programs include instruction in Russian language and literature, art, music, mathematics, science, physical education, English language, and dance. Weekend programs for children ages 5-12 include instruction in Russian language and literature, the arts, and outdoor activities.

The Russian Kids House

This women-owned, private, bilingual school serves students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. Both campuses in Reston and Fairfax  offer daycare and programs for preschoolers; the campus in Reston also offers an age school for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. After-school and summer programs for students through age 13 are also available.

Elementary and Secondary Education Programs

The Russian School in Ashburn

This school in Loudon County focuses on teaching language and literature, but also teaches mathematics and logic. Classes are offered for students from ages 5 to 15+ at varying levels of difficulty.

The Virginia Russian Academy

This academy in Falls Church offers classes in Russian language, literature, music, speech, math, theater, and art to students from age 3 to adult. Class schedules vary, with some offered on weekends. The academy also offers a summer camp for children ages 3-16.

For the English version of the site, click here.

Miscellaneous Education Programs

The Academy of Russian Ballet

This academy in Manassas is one of northern Virginia’s most prestigious ballet schools, and offers classes year-round. Most classes are held on weekday evenings, though some are offered on weekends and weekday afternoons. All levels of ballet are offered, as well as tap, jazz, lyrical dance, and conditioning. Summer programs for children ages 3-11+ may include Russian language instruction.

Perspectiva School

This school in Herndon offers Russian language instruction at all levels for students ages 2-17, especially high school students studying for the Advanced Placement Russian language examination. Aside from Russian language, courses are offered in art, dance and movement, gymnastics, theater, critical thinking, and English language. Preschool and early education classes for children ages 2-5 focus on language, mathematics, writing, art, logic, and music. After-school programs are also available.


This school in Reston began as an after-school program for Russian-speaking elementary school students, and has since expanded to include a weekend Russian language school for ages 4-16, a weekday preschool program for children ages 3 & 4 and 4 & 5, and group and individual language lessons for teenagers and adults.

The Russian Educational Center of Virginia

The Russian Educational Center of Virginia  welcomes anyone who is familiar with or wants to discover Russian culture. Our center serves different age groups with the primary goal of introducing and maintaining interest in Russian language and cultural heritage. Our goals are to educate and provide essential support for learning Russian language and build new friendships within Russian community.

The Center offers the “Teremok” School of Early Childhood Development for children ages 2-14. Saturday classes and summer camps are offered for all ages, and day school is offered for ages 2-5.

A separate educational class schedule for children and adults may be found here.

The Russian Music Academy of America

This academy in Centreville, which combines Russian and American teaching traditions, offers piano lessons and instruction for children and adults at all levels in musical theory and history, jazz, and popular music. Also offered are ensemble training, master classes, and voice lessons, and the academy sponsors choirs for both children and adults.

The Russian School of Mathematics in Reston

This after-school program serves students in the northern area of Virgina, focusing on Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon counties and the city of Falls Church. Most classes are held on weekday afternoons or evenings, but several are held on weekends. Classes range in ages from pre-kindergarten to high school. Online courses (and locations nationwide) are also available.

Synetic Theater

This theater in Crystal City (Arlington) offers studio classes in fitness, acting, pantomime, dance, and technique, tailored for children, teenagers, and adults. Classes change throughout the seasons, so be sure to check their studio page for the most current information. Day camps for children in grades K-5 are occasionally offered, and summer camps for children ages 6-14 are regularly offered.

University of Virginia

In Fall, 2015, students in Professor Edith Clowes’s “Introduction to Russian Culture” course embarked on an initiative to gather information about Russian art and life in Virginia. Student groups completed two research projects. The first asked students to learn more about the rich collection of Stalin-era posters held at Sweet Briar College. Working with Director Karol Lawson, seven students (Maria Bakatkina, Jae Hyun Cho, Kimberly Daw, Amelia Flannery, Madina Gazieva, Claudius Kim, and Tatyana Windsor) studied several of the posters to learn what they could about policy and official attitudes to the collectivization of agriculture around 1930.

That paper (password-protected) can be downloaded here.

A second group of students (John Barry, Ryan Doull, Alex Moree, David Peters) traveled to Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to visit the museum’s voluminous collection of Russian art and icons. Aided by Dr. Barry Shifman and Dr. Nancy Nichols, they viewed icons, avant-garde photography, and a rare and fascinating set of Russian Civil War-era cartoons by little-known artist, Vladimir Akimov. This group focused their research project on Akimov’s cartoons.

That paper (password-protected) can be downloaded here.

These papers are provided with the permission of the students and instructor of the course in the Slavic Department at the University of Virginia.

Study Abroad Programs

List of Study Abroad Programs Directly Sponsored by Colleges and Universities in Virginia

Descriptions of these programs were written by the sponsoring institutions themselves. Please contact individual program officers or directors for the most up-to-date information.

1) Ferrum College:
Rachel Stauffer (Assistant Professor of Russian and Program Coordinator of Russian), rstauffer@ferrum.edu

Ferrum College has an exchange program with Pskov State University in Pskov, with options for language study and/or internship opportunities.

2) George Mason University:
Dianna Leonard, Program Officer, dleonar7@gmu.edu

GMU has a bilateral exchange program with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, with options for Russian Language courses and others.

3) James Madison University:
JMU does not maintain a consistent Russian-based study abroad program, but will offer study abroad on an ad hoc basis according to professor and student ability and desire. For summer 2016, JMU offered two programs in Russia:

– Exploring Arts, Healing, and Health in Russia (Moscow, Sorochany, and St. Petersburg; contact: Kate Trammell, Program Director, trammekx@jmu.edu).

– Russian in Moscow (Moscow; contact: Elena Gopienko-Corbin, Adjunct Instructor in Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, gopienex@jmu.edu): Immersive language experience for intensive Russian-language instruction.

JMU will offer the Russian in Moscow program once more in Summer 2017.

4) Virginia Tech:
Kirsten Rutsala (Instructor of Russian), krutsala@vt.edu, or Dr. Robert Efird (Director, Russian Study Abroad), refird@vt.edu

The Russian Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a Study Abroad program in Latvia.

The goal of the program is to provide Virginia Tech students with an exceptional opportunity to enrich their college experience by studying a foreign language and civilization while being immersed in Russian culture in the European Union.

All credits earned during the study abroad program will count towards the Russian Major or the Russian Minor.

5) William and Mary:
Those interested are urged to contact the Reves Center for International Studies and/or Sasha Prokhorov, Russian Studies Program Director, xprok@wm.edu)

This unique six-week summer program is designed to offer participants an opportunity to improve Russian language skills with 9 credits of Russian language and culture courses. The students are immersed in Russian culture as they live with Russian families and spend evenings filled with trips to the theatres, ballets, and operas, including the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre of Ballet and Opera. At least one semester of college-level Russian is required.

List of Colleges and Universities in Virginia With External Affiliate Programs

1) George Mason University:

GMU is affiliated with the American Councils Russian Overseas Flagship Program.

2) James Madison University:

JMU is affiliated with seven study abroad programs in Russia:

AIFS Study Abroad in Russia (Summer and Semester)

CIEE Russia: Moscow, Business and International Relations (Semester)

CIEE Russia: Moscow, Business and International Relations (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)

3) Old Dominion University:

ODU is affiliated with three summer programs in Russia:

AIFS Summer in Russia, St. Petersburg

CIEE Summer in Russia: Russian Area Studies

CIEE Summer in Russia: Russian Language Program

4) Sweet Briar:

In addition to its directly-sponsored study abroad programs, Sweet Briar also offers students a number of opportunities for study abroad throughout the world including, but not limited to, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Guam, Holland, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, and Tobago. Students should meet with the Director of International Studies for further information.

5) University of Richmond:

The University of Richmond offers opportunities for summer and semester study abroad through CIEE, its affiliate for summer study in Moscow or semester or year-long study in St. Petersburg.

6) University of Virginia:

The University of Virginia is affiliated with five study abroad programs in Russia:

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)

University of Arizona Russian Abroad: Moscow

7) Washington and Lee:

Washington and Lee is affiliated with two semester programs in Russia:

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language

Additionally, W&L is affiliated with the Middlebury School in Russia offering study in Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Irkutsk.

Museums and Exhibitions

Descriptions of these museums were written by the institutions themselves. Please contact individual museums for the most up-to-date information.

Chrysler Museum of Art
Welcome to the Chrysler Museum of Art’s collection that includes more than 30,000 works of art! The Museum has over 30 objects of Russian photography, pottery, and iconography.

If you have any questions about our collection, we would love to hear from you! For further inquiries, please contact us at collection@chrysler.org.

Address: One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Phone: (757) 664-6200

The Cold War Museum
The Cold War Museum has over $3 million in Cold War era artifacts in storage waiting to be displayed. The collection includes over 3,000 books, a 5,000 sq ft Cuban Missile Crisis Display, an SA-2 Missile, Nike Missiles, items from the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, the U-2 Incident, Berlin Airlift, Corona Spy Satellite program, US and Soviet space programs, USMLM, and a variety of related Cold War items from international events and activities.

The Cold War Museum is a charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Cold War Museum is cultivating relationships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Besopasnosti (KGB), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Archives, federal, state, and local entities, for-profit and non-profit organizations, worldwide veteran organizations, and individual citizens.

Address: 7142 Lineweaver Rd., Warrenton, VA 20187
Phone: (540) 341-2008

The Fralin Museum of Art
Collection of Russian and Greek Icons

Address: Thomas H. Bayly Building, 155 Rugby Road,
PO Box 400119, Charlottesville VA 22904-4119
Phone: (434) 924-3592

Lazare Gallery: Russian Art Gallery
Located in rural Charles City County, Virginia, far from the capitals of the fashionable art world, Lazare Gallery is nonetheless the epicenter of the West’s discovery of the surpassing beauty of Russian Realism.

The gallery recognizes the importance of and focus on the most skilled artists of the Moscow School of Russian Realism, the world’s greatest realism art movement of the 20th Century.

Address: 4641 Kimages Wharf Rd., Charles City, VA 23030
Phone: (804) 829-5001

Museum of Sweet Briar College
Collection of Soviet Posters

Contact: Dr. Karol Lawson
Email: klawson@sbc.edu
Address: Sweet Briar College, 134 Chapel Road, Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Phone: (434) 381-6248

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
In 1947 Lillian Thomas Pratt bequeathed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts her remarkable collection of more than 400 Russian objects, including five Imperial Easter Eggs and approximately 170 additional works from the House of Fabergé. The collection is off-view as it travels to venues in North America and East Asia.

Address: 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23030
Phone: (804) 829-5001

High Schools

These high schools offer Russian language instruction as part of their foreign-language curricula. Please contact schools directly for more information on individual programs.

C.D. Hylton High School
Contact: Paul Rischard
Phone: (703)580-4000
Address: 14051 Spriggs Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22193
Email: rischapa@pwcs.edu

Forest Park High School
Address: 15721 Forest Park Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22193
Contact: Shamshyna de Adler
Phone: (703) 583-3200
Email: shamshyna@pwcs.edu

Heritage High School
Contact: Svetlana Spencer
Address: 520 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175

Langley High School
Contact: Valentin Cukierman
Phone: (703)287-2857;
Address: 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
Email: Valentin.Cukierman@fcps.edu

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Govt. & International Studies
Contact: Michael White
Phone: (804) 354-6800 ext. 3303; (804) 354-6939
Address: 1000 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23230
Email: mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us

Thomas Jefferson HS. For Science and Technology
Contact: Betsy Sandstrom
Phone: (703)750-8300; (703)750-5010
Address: 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310
Email: ecsandstrom@fcps.edu

Floyd E. Kellam High School
Contact: Alfreda Pohrivchak
Phone: (757) 648-5100; (757) 648-5124
Address: 2323 Holland Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Email: aapohriv@vbschools.com