This virtual alumni exchange is a pilot program sponsored by ECA and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with the aim of facilitating meaningful discussions among U.S. and Russian alumni and students in order to further develop the Americans' Russian language skills and Russians' English language skills. As part of the program, monthly discussions will alternate between the Russian and English languages to allow both parties to speak in their native and target languages.
Ideally, teams of two to three U.S. alumni -- one from the CLS Program and one from the NSLI-Y Program -- will engage with the Russian teachers and their classrooms. The Russian participants will be Russian alumni who are an elementary, middle school or high school teachers, along with their students. U.S. participants must have attained an intermediate-mid level or higher oral proficiency on the ACTFL scale, or have reached equivalent proficiency. The Russian teachers and their students will be required to have similar language proficiency in English.
The online sessions are meant to be informal spaces where the U.S. and Russian alumni and students can interact and practice both their respective foreign languages. The U.S. and Russian alumni should discuss and determine the format of the monthly discussion series in advance of the formal start of the program in Fall 2013. ECA, U.S. Embassy, and/or American Councils staff may observe some of the sessions.
Please see the program description for additional details. If you are interested in participating in this program, please download the application form and return it to the Alumni Affairs Division of ECA at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Application Form Virtual Exchange Program" by August 2, 2013.
Applications will be evaluated and U.S. participants will be placed in teams. Please be advised that participation is dependent on the number and locations of U.S. and Russian alumni who submit applications. You will be informed of your status by early September, 2013.
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.