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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

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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 most dramatic changes in contemporary Russian language which was heavily influenced by word and structure adoptions from English.

Since 2002 I have been teaching Russian language and culture at UVic. My primary research interest is in language pedagogy, information technology and e-learning. I have developed – online tutorial for learners of Russian visited by more than 100,000 people each year from over 150 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 culture courses “Introduction to Russian Society and Culture” (SLST 101), “Major Figures of Russian Culture and History” (SLST 360), and the newest addition to our program, “Fantasy and Science Fiction in Russia” (SLST 452).

Courses to be taught in 2013-14

SLST 101 A01 Beginning Russian I; CRN 12836 TWF 9:30-10:30 CLE A203
SLST 201 A01 Intermediate Russian I; CRN 12839 TWF 10:30-11:30 CLE D126
SLST 301 A01 Advanced Russian; CRN 12840 TWF 12:30-1:30 CLE D125
SLST 452 A01 Fantasy and Science Fiction in Russia; CRN 12844 W 3:30-6:30 CLE A308
SLST 102 A01 Beginning Russian II; CLE 22727 TWF 9:30-10:30 CLE 126
SLST 202 A01 Intermediate Russian II;  CRN 22728 TWF 10:30-11:30 CLE A315
SLST 203 A01
Pronunciation and Colloquial Russian; CRN 22729 TWF 12:30-1:00 CLE A316
SLST 403 A01
Topics in Russian Culture, Literature, Film (in Russian); CRN 22731 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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