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Russian Language Programs

PreK -12 and Adults:

Russian Maryland Cultural Center: Matryoshka

Clarksville, MD

The Russian Maryland Cultural Center: Matryoshka provides an enriched educational experience for adults and children through the study of the Russian language, traditions, history, and through performance of choral music and national folk dance presented to the Maryland community. Matryoshka was founded in September 2008, and focuses on Russian language and literature (reading). A wide selection of topics of study is offered in Russian History, Amazing Math, Russian Literature, Art, Theater Studio, Folk Dance, and Russian Music.

Community Based:

Russian Cultural Center
Washington, DC

The Russian Cultural Center provides cultural, humanitarian, and language programs for Russians and Americans. It presents the lifestyle and historic heritage of Russia to interested students by offering courses to both heritage and non-heritage speakers. The Russian Cultural Center was founded in 1999 as a part of the Rusintercenter—an independent agency within the structure of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which promotes international cooperation in science, culture, and education. The main goal of the Russian Cultural Center is to develop positive relations between Russia and the United States in the 21st century and to preserve the Russian culture and language.

Higher Education:

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Since many heritage Russian speakers have different levels of fluency, it is hard to place these students in a normal language track. This course is designed to strengthen the spoken, written, and grammatical skills of students so they can be integrated into the standard Russian course with nonnative speakers.

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

The program was founded in 2006 by the Russian program at the university to provide heritage learners of Russian a foundation for literacy.

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