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Rosinka Program in Russian Language and Culture

Since its establishment in 2009, the Rosinka Program in Russian Language and Culture has provided more than 60 Bloomington-area children with weekly instruction in Russian language and culture. In 2015-16, Rosinka will offer classes for children of elementary school age (5-11)* who are being raised in Russian-speaking households (so-called heritage speakers).

Children should be capable of functioning in a classroom where all or most communication and instruction takes place in Russian. Emphasis is placed on development of literacy skills, cultivation of a favorable attitude towards the use of Russian, appreciating the diverse cultural heritage of the Russophone world, and effective oral communication.

In Spring Semester 2015, Rosinka will take place at Campus View Apartments (800 North Union Street, Bloomington) in room 120, 121, and 122 on Fridays, 5:00-6:00. Classes will begin on Friday, January 23 and continue through Friday, April 24. A holiday party for Rosinka children and their families will be held on Saturday, December 13.

Rosinka is sponsored by the IU Russian and East European Institute and the IU RPS Area Coordinator’s Office. A modest fee of $50 per family (not child) will be charged to cover the cost of materials and other operating expenses.

To learn more about Rosinka and sign up children, contact Rosinka program coordinator Mark Trotter:

Mark Trotter,
Russian and East European Institute
Ballantine Hall 565
1020 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-856-5247
Fax: 812-855-6411


*Children under the age of 5 will be considered for admission to Rosinka with special permission from REEI. Please contact Mark Trotter.