Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

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Ekaterina Gruzova

Institution: Russian School Kalinka in Luxembourg

Address: Rue Gabriel Lippmann 56

Postal Code: 1943

Country: Luxembourg

Ekaterina Gruzova is a professor of Russian as a foreign language with 20 years of experience. She translates from a range of languages and has in-depth experience as a cultural mediator in the private sector. Ekaterina published different textbooks for learning Russian and created the “Rainbow Russian” video language course for adults and children. She has also worked for several years as a TV journalist in Crimea and in Nizhny Novgorod. This experience gave her the necessary skills to create the "Rainbow Russian” video course and ensuing YouTube channel where she regularly publishes new video lessons.

Ekaterina graduated in Slavic Philology with a specialization in Russian modern language from the University of Nizhny Novgorod in 2001. Since then, for the last 20 years, she has constantly been teaching Russian in different fields.

Ekaterina moved to Italy aged 21, and in two years became the youngest professor of Russian in the International Master’s Degree in “Relationships with Eastern Countries”, Political Science Department, Macerata University.

One year later, she began teaching Russian at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy (Macerata, Italy). Ekaterina has organised a study period for her students at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations), one of the most prestigious universities in Russia. Additionally, she organizes every year a week-long trip to Moscow for her students.

In 2008 Ekaterina took part in a Macerata University project regarding the transition period in the Eastern European countries and in 2011, after a long empirical work and a one month stay in Warsaw, she received her PhD in “Systems Theory and Sociology of Normative and Cultural Processes” with the research topic: “Analysis of the impact of mass media on legal cultures in Eastern European countries (Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic) before and after EU accession”.

In the same year, Ekaterina spent a month at Harvard University in USA, exchanging experience at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
In 2009 she re-published a new edition of her second textbook for Italian students entitled “Melodia della lingua russa” (Aracne Editrice, Roma).

Since 2014, she has been working in the Russian School “Kalinka” and at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Luxembourg.
Her latest project started in 2021 when she unveiled a video course for adults and children, “Rainbow Russian”, which involves her own children in the teaching process.

- Melodia della lingua russa. Corso base di lingua russa [The Melody of Russian Language. First Level Course], Aracne editrice, Rome, 2009, 368 pages;
- Lingua russa. Linguaggio commerciale. Corso base [Commercial Russian Language. First Level Course], Aracne editrice, Rome, 2005, 236 pages;
- Aspetti di lingua russa. Lessicologia, fraseologia e linguaggio giornalistico [Aspects of Russian. Lexicology, Phraseology and Newspaper Language], Aracne editrice, Rome, 2005, 38 pages

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