Russian Language Journal


language, learning, Russian, training, programs


In 1976, the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) began sending American college students to Russia for advanced training in Russian language and literature. The original ACTR program was open to qualified students from any U. S. institution and represented one of the very few opportunities available to American students, graduate students, or faculty to pursue advanced language training in Russia, in this case, the newly established A. S. Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language in Moscow. Admission to the program was competitive, and, in practice, the ACTR program accepted for the most part graduate students and immediate-post BA students into the program. Within five years, the ACTR programs were expanded to include limited opportunities for year-long study, as well as summer study at the Pushkin Institute academic and residential complex in southwest Moscow. During the following decade, the number of host institutions in Russia gradually expanded to include the Herzen Pedagogical Institute (now the Russian State Pedagogical University) in St. Petersburg, Moscow International University, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, and the Vladimir State Pedagogical University (CORA) program, as well as others.