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Julia Rochtchina

Julia Rochtchina

Assistant Teaching Professor (Slavic)

Academic Program Coordinator

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PhD (Moscow State University)
MA  (Moscow State University)

Office Clearihue D248
Phone +1 250-721-7322
Fax +1 250-721-7319
Email rjulia (at) uvic dot ca

Office hours T 8:30-9:20 am, W 1:30-2:30 pm and by appointment

I grew up in Russia and received my MA and PhD in Russian Studies from Lomonosov Moscow State University. My specialization is Russian as a foreign language. I find the process of learning a foreign language fascinating and from my early school years I wanted to teach such beautiful and poetic language as Russian.
My PhD thesis examined some of the dramatic changes in contemporary Russian language which was heavily influenced by word and structure adaptations from English.
Since 2002 I have been teaching Russian language and culture at UVic. My primary research interest is in language pedagogy and e-learning. I have developed – online tutorial for learners of Russian visited by more than 300,000 people each year from over 200 countries. It has been up and running for over a decade. I am currently working on a new first year Russian textbook Sputnik.
Deep interest in Russian culture and literature makes me feel excited about teaching all my cultural courses “Introduction to Russian Society and Culture” (SLST 100), “Major Figures of Russian Culture and History” (SLST 360), and the recent addition to our program, “Fantasy and Science Fiction in Russia” (SLST 452).

Courses to be taught in 2014-15

 Fall 2014:
SLST 100 A01 Introduction to Russian Society and Culture
CRN 12865 TWF 12:30-1:30 pm CLE A314
SLST 101 A01 Beginning Russian I
CRN 12866 TWF 9:30-10:30 CLE A207
SLST 201 A01 Intermediate Russian I
CRN 12867 TWF 10:30-11:30 am CLE D131
SLST 360 A01 Major Figures in Russian Culture and History
CRN 12871  W 3:30-6:30 pm CLE D126
Spring 2015:
SLST 102 A01 Beginning Russian II
CLE 22716 TWF 9:30-10:30 am CLE D132
SLST 202 A01 Intermediate Russian II 
CRN 22718 TWF 10:30-11:30 am CLE D130
SLST 401 A01
Advanced Russian Practice
CRN 22719 TWF 12:30-1:30 pm CLE D130
SLST 452 A01
Fantasy and Science Fiction in Russia
CRN 22721 W 3:30-6:30 CLE D130


Select publications

Morphology and Lexicology Interface. Latest Russian Neologisms: The Next Step towards Analytism? Russian Language Studies in North America: New Perspectives from Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies); edited by Veronika Makarova (Wimbledon Publishing Co, United Kingdom, June 2012)

"Полифункциональные лексемы как новое явление в грамматике русского языка." Язык. Литература. Культура: актуальные проблемы изучения и преподавания. Москва, 2005. С. 44-54. “Multifunctional Lexemes as New Phenomenon in Russian Grammar.” Language. Literature. Culture: Topical Issues in Learning and Teaching. Moscow, 2005. 44-45.

"Лексика, связанная с современными информационными технологиями, и процесс аналитизации русской грамматики." Язык. Сознание. Коммуникация.  Москва, 2004. С. 156-167. “Vocabulary Related to Modern Information Technology and a Trend towards Analytism in Russian Grammar.” Language. Consciousness. Communication. Moscow, 2004. 156-167.

"Как образуются новые русские наречия? (О системе продуктивных словообразовательных типов наречий-неологизмов)." Слово. Грамматика. Речь. Москва, 2003. С. 34-44. “How New Adverbs are Derived? (On the System of Productive Derivation Types of New Russian Adverbs).” Word. Grammar. Speech.Moscow, 2003. 33-34.

Select lectures

“Teaching Reading Strategies in Russian Language Classes.” Canadian Association of Slavists Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 1–3 June 2013

“Modern Technology and a Future Russian Textbook.” The Teaching Russian Conference, University of Victoria, August 23-24, 2012

“Teaching Grammar in Russian Language Classes: Effective Tricks and Ideas.” The Teaching Russian Conference, University of Victoria, July 22, 2010

“Online Computer-Mediated Tools in Russian Language Classes.” Teaching Russian in the Pacific North West Conference, University of Victoria, August 20, 2009.


Julia is the author of the online Russian language tutorial Russian for Everyone  .

Why study Russian

Russian Science Fiction

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