An Intensive Method of Language Teaching


  • Jan J. Solecki

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      JAN J. SOLECKI (M.A. in Slavonic Studies, Univ. of British Columbia, M.A. in Economics, Univ. of Washington) is Chairman of the Total Immersion Russian Language Workshop at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he has taught since 1961. He has done extensive research on Economic and Forestry Problems in the USSR and the Chinese Mainland, and has held Canada Council Grants for pre-doctoral research and for research in the USSR. His publications include Economic Growth, Resources, Forest Industries, 1967; and Economic Aspects of the Fishing Industry in Mainland China, 1966. He is a member of the American Economic Association, AATSEEL, the Association for Asian Studies, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, and the Canadian Association of Slavists, for which he served as Secretary-Treasurer 1967–68


ABSTRACT  In the summers of 1969 and 1970, the Department of Slavonic Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, carried out an experimental Russian Language program at basic and intermediate levels (each carrying six units of credit). Students remained in the program premises from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The program constituted a combination of grammar and oral approach—with a daily issue to students of exercise material. No recourse was made to formal memory drills. Students were made to speak Russian from the first day. Daily news in Russian, song sessions, and visits to Russian ships in port and to a local Russian community center were additional opportunities for learning and speaking the language. In 1971 the program is to be extended to include a Workshop in Russian Drama.