M.A., Moscow University; Ph.D., Academy of Sciences Institute of World History (Russia)
Alla L. EpsteynSenior Lecturer in Russian
Teaches Russian language; Wintersession in Moscow Program Director; at Wellesley since 1998.
My scholarship flows naturally from reflections on my teaching experience. I present and publish articles on language pedagogy and share my pedagogical research with colleagues in Russia and the U.S.
I view myself primarily as a teacher of Russian language and culture, and some of my most rewarding experiences come from my basic approach, which is to teach language through culture. My Advanced Topics courses focus on cultural traditions of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russian children’s literature and popular film comedies of the Soviet era. I also teach intermediate Russian language and conversation sections of elementary Russian course.
In 2008, I developed the Russian Department’s first program of language study abroad (Wintersession-in-Moscow) which takes students to the Moscow State University for the Humanities every other winter.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and doing yoga.