Russian Language Journal


Russian, language, culture, government, education


Rising interest in the U.S. in the study and teaching of Russian language and culture, reported elsewhere in the present volume (Davidson & Garas, 2009), has coincided with the reaffirmation of the status of Russian by U. S. government agencies as a critical language. Russian is identified, for example, in the 2006 National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) as a “critical need language,” for which the production of greater numbers of advanced‐level speakers is deemed essential (U.S. Department of Education, 2008, p. 1). According to the most recent ADFL/MLA report on language enrollments in two‐ and four‐year U.S. institutions of higher education, just over one quarter of the 24,096 U.S. college and university students studying Russian were enrolled in advanced undergraduate courses in the fall of 2006 (Furman, Goldberg, & Lusin, 2007).