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Alla Kourova

Alla Kourova, Ph.D.

Dr. Alla Kourova is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, United States for 8 years. She graduated from Moscow State University with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Teaching Foreign Languages. For more than 10 years Alla Kourova worked as a director of the International Linguistic Center at the Regional In- Service Teacher Training Institute in Penza Russia. With over 30 years of teaching experience globally and at various institutional levels, Dr. Kourova knows that there is more than one approach to language study, and constantly promotes dynamic and multifaceted techniques as well as cross-cultural dialogue in her publications and teaching practice. In 2002 Dr. Kourova was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Montana Sponsored by the American Council and Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of States.She is the author of more than 50 publications on language teaching and cross-cultural communication. Dr. Kourova is also a recipient of the University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Award, the Teaching Incentive Program Award, and the Excellence in Research Award.  Last year Dr. Kourova has received two US Department of States grants: US – Russia Dialogue Program and STARTALK. For many years, she has also collaborated with prestigious organizations such as the Peace Corps, the Fulbright Institution of International Education, FLEX, and Open World Foundation. Her pedagogical credo is teaching language through culture.

   

Education

  • Ph.D. in English as a Second Language from Moscow State University, Russia

Research Interests

The Impact of Russian Cultural Awareness on the Acquisition of Russian Language in American Higher Education

Recent Research Activities

Principal Investigator for STARTALK grant (STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) US Department of State. 

 February 2015-2016 ($90,000)

Principal Investigator of the US Department of State grant the US- Russia Dialogue Program “Getting Closer: A Cross-Cultural U.S.-Russian Project Focusing on Teaching Foreign Languages to U.S. Students and Blind/Visually Impaired Students in Russia.”

Fall 2014-Spring 2015 ($ 99,203).

UCF In-House Research Grant, (2014-$7,500)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Kourova, A. (August, 2016). Picturing Russia: A Research Guide to Russian Culture. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA.
  • Kourova, A. (2013).Using cross-cultural projects in teaching foreign languages: A research- based approach to design and implementation. Smolensk, Russia: Universum Press, “University of Smolensk.”

Articles/Essays

  • Kourova, A. (2014). Dialogue of Culture as collaboration between people in the 21st century Philosophy of Education: History and Present Time, Sponsored by Russian Minister of Higher Education and Science, Penza, Russia, 11, 32-34.

  • Kourova, A. (2013). Connecting classrooms: Russian language teaching project at UCF. Journal

    of the American Council of Teachers of Russian, 63, 79-91.
  • Kourova, A. (2013). The integration of the Bologna process in Russia. Florida Foreign Language Journal, 9, 52-60. http://www.ffla.us
  • Kourova, A., & Modianos, D.T. (2013). Cross-cultural projects in the in-service teachers training programs. Philosophy of Education: History and Present Time, Penza State University Press, Russia, 10, 208-212.
  • Kourova, A., & Modianos, D.T. (2013). Inter-cultural awareness and its role in enriching students’ communicative competence. The International HETL Review Special Issue https://www.hetl.org/publications/
  • Kourova, A. (2012). Teaching culture: strategies for cultural understanding. Journal for Teachers of English as an International language, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Printed by the University Press, 1, 64-70.

  • Kourova, A. (2012). Corpus linguistics: translation of the English texts into Russian language. Philosophy of Education: History and Present Time, Penza, Russia, 8, 310-315.

  • Kourova, Alla. (2011). The Role of Russian as a Foreign Language in America and Issues of Curriculum Design. Florida Foreign Language Journal, 7(1).

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Kourova, A. (2012). Multimedia programs and cross-cultural communication in teaching English – new way of interdisciplinary approach. Using Humanities Courses to Prepare Non-language Major for Effective Intercultural Communication (pp.82-93). Kiev, Ukraine: National Aviation University.

Book Reviews

  • Kourova, A. (2014). [Review of the book The Texture of Culture: Introduction of Yuri Lotman’s Semiotic Theory, by A. Semenenko]. The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages ( AATSEEL) Journal, Fall 2014

Awards


  • 2015 University of Central Florida Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • 2015 University of Central Florida College of Arts & Humanities Excellence in Research Award.
  • 2015 University of Central Florida College of Arts & Humanities Excellence in Professional Service Award.
  • 2014 University and College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Central Florida
  • 2014 Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP), CAH, University of Central Florida
  • 2013  Research and Mentoring Award with Russian Minor student Irina Pidberejna, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Central Florida
  • 2007  Honored as one of America's Most Respected Teacher.

Activities

STARTALK grant. (STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). 

 The U.S. Department of State grant of the US- Russia Dialogue Program “Getting Closer: A Cross-Cultural U.S.-Russian Project Focusing on Teaching Foreign Languages to U.S. Students and Blind/Visually Impaired Students in Russia.

The University of Central Florida Research project “Picturing Russia.”

International Project " Connecting Classrooms."



Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10764 RUS1121 Ele Russian Language & Civ Ⅱ Face2Face M,W,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11253 RUS2201 Int Russian Language & Civ Ⅱ Face2Face M,W,F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80874 RUS1120 Ele Russian Language & Civ Ⅰ Face2Face M,W,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81148 RUS2200 Int Russian Language & Civ Ⅰ Face2Face M,W,F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80774 TSL6350 Grammar for ESOL Teachers Rdce Time Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61659 RUT3505 Russian Culture & Civilization Face2Face B - Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10786 RUS1121 Ele Russian Language & Civ Ⅱ Face2Face M,W,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11316 RUS2201 Int Russian Language & Civ Ⅱ Face2Face M,W,F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80946 RUS1120 Ele Russian Language & Civ Ⅰ Face2Face M,W,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81251 RUS2200 Int Russian Language & Civ Ⅰ Face2Face M,W,F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
91759 RUS3760 Advanced Russian Oral Com Face2Face M,W,F 1:30PM - 2:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50615 TSL4240 Issues in Second Lang Acquis Web C Web Not Online
No Description Available
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