I live in the city of Essentuki in the southernmost part of Russia – North Caucasus. My place is surrounded by the majestic Caucasian Mountains (with Elbrus – Europe’s highest peak) and located between the Black and Caspian Seas. The group of cities that Essentuki makes part of is a number of spa mountain resorts in close proximity to each other which are proudly named the Caucasian Mineral Waters famous for their natural springs, medicinal mud, Shashlik, Lezginka and a great diversity of languages and cultures in the region.
I earned my degree in linguistics and obtained qualification of translator/interpreter (English and French) from graduate school at Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (www.pglu.ru). In the past years I have been working as an instructor of English and translator. For the last year I have been managing a bilingual student center in the city of Pyatigorsk where among other things we organized English-for-beginners language courses. I am also pursuing research interests investigating prohibitive speech acts and working towards a PhD degree in linguistics. Currently, I am a Fulbright FLTA teaching Russian at Rhodes College in Memphis.
I am here to focus on teaching Russian to American students through exposure to native speakers. One of my objectives is to increase the knowledge of Russian in America and to promote Russian culture and values. On return to my home country I will seek TO FURTHER American language and culture IN RUSSIA. I applied for this scholarship with a desire to connect western education and Russian culture, to develop interaction between linguistic departments in USA and Russia, to expand the knowledge of English in my home region and to give an objective picture of contemporary Russia to American students.