A recent Mellon Foundation survey found that the vast majority of American language teachers feel the study of culture is a vital element in introductory language study. And the more the better. There is the widespread belief among teachers that, if beginning students of Russian can be exposed to the richness of Russian culture, history and society, they are more likely to become intrigued by Russia and inspired to continue on with their study of the language. And the more people studying Russian, the better chance that the US and Russia will better understand each other a decade or a generation from now.
This is where Russian Life comes in. We may be biased, but what better vehicle could there be to expose students to Russia's rich culture, history and society?
As an sponsor of our Language Through Culture Program, you will support high school and college classes in their study of Russian - for a whole year! Each year, we ask teachers to evaluate the usefulness of this Program, and you will receive a copy of the survey results, along with an accounting of how the Program is doing, so you can check up on your investment.
With a sponsorship of as little as $10, you can help encourage the study of Russian language and culture, ensuring that the next generation of Russophiles and Russian experts are well-informed and well-grounded in their understanding of things Russian.
Just select the amount you would like to donate from the pull-down menu, and we'll take care of the rest!