Department of International Relations

English for International Relations


Since its creation several years ago, the Department of International Relations has offered an excellent array of both full-time and part-time undergraduate courses in the areas of English. Our linguistic programs are diverse, rigorous and comprehensive in their approach.  They are supported by an outstanding and committed faculty of the Department of English who represent the following principal areas of teaching and research:

  • English as major (9 semesters, approximately 60 credit hours)
  • English as minor (7 semesters, approximately 23 credit hours)
  • Theory and Practice of Translation (2 semesters)
  • Country Study (“Across Cultures”) (4 semesters)


The main goal of the Department of English is to guarantee that every student enjoys the highest quality education. We accomplish this by continually refining and building on the strengths of our linguistic program. In order to allow each student individual attention we maintain small class sizes (the cap is set at 15 students). The department offers a carefully designed set of calendar plans at both the full-time and part-time levels. Our general program is an integral part of the Liberal Arts curriculum provided by RSUH.  Our faculty and stuff have it as their priority to help students to develop an informed appreciation for English through critical thinking, effective writing, reading and oral communication.

Each year, the Department of English prepares about 45 students minoring and about 50 majoring in English for careers in both the private and public sectors such as: international business, international relations, public service, and government. Many of our students before graduation spend at least one semester in America or England.  For many this experience has proven to be decisive as regards their language and cultural skills.

Our lower-division English classes include:

  • English Grammar
  • English Pronunciation
  • English Oral/Aural skills
  • English for Diplomats
  • English Composition

Our upper-division English classes include:

  • English Grammar (Advanced)
  • English Oral/Aural skills (Advanced)
  • English for Diplomats (Advanced)
  • Film Appreciation
  • Presentation in English
  • State Exam Preparation
  • Country Study
  • Theory and Practice of Translation

At the beginning of the training period students take a test which places them into an Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner groups, according to their linguistic proficiency.


Textbooks used:

  • Advanced Grammar in Use (Martin Hewings)
  • English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy)
  • English in International Correspondence (Borisenko, Evtushenko)
  • Glorious Past (Yastrebova, Kravtsova, Kryachkov, Vladykina)
  • Turbulent Present (Yastrebova, Kravtsova, Kryachkov, Vladykina)
  • “Shrek” Deconstructed (developed by Dr. Kostina, Dr. Krakovich of RSUH, in print)
  • Theory and Practice of Translation (Osokin)
  • Country Study Course (developed by Dr. Elena Dines of RSUH)
  • signature course materials packets prepared by our teachers
  • Preparation for State Exam in English (set for publication in 2011)
  • English Pronunciation (Dr. Matveeva)

Our advisors provide information about the calendar plan, course descriptions, internships; assist in the add/drop process.  The Department is open year-round, and we see students either on a walk-in or call-ahead basis.



Programmatic Objectives

The language program of the Department of English at RSUH focuses on the following competencies:

  • Linguistic competence: phonetics/phonology, lexicon, syntax, grammar, discourse.
  • Communication competence: pragmatic uses of language, cultural background and perspectives.
  • Conceptual competence: critical-thinking abilities developed through the analysis of language as a conceptual, symbolic system.

Teaching methodologies

Our program presupposes using communicative (or “balanced”) student-centered approach whereby students are led through a "guided inductive approach" (discovery approach) that allows them to analyze the presented samples in order to discover and analyze patterns of language use.

Thus, activities assist students to continually test, modify, and develop hypotheses about both the linguistic structure and the communicative functions of English.  As mistakes in all types of linguistic performance are a normal sign of development, students are encouraged to track their development through an analysis of patterns of their own errors.

Keeping in mind that language use is modified by social factors such as speakers, communication purpose, setting, mode of communication, etc., our students learn to analyze uses of the target language according to socio-cultural phenomena as well. This approach leads students to communicate in English in sociolinguistically appropriate ways. Our students are also shown and taught how developing   the target language culture will eventually lead to adapting, expanding, and modifying one's own frame of cultural reference.


Our faculty

  • Vadim Krakovich (section head)
  • Elena Dines (upper-division English, Country Study)
  • Nikolay Maryukhin (Theory and Practice of Translation)
  • Valery Golovin (English B.A. program)
  • Alexandra Serbina (English B.A. program)
  • Ivan Volodin (part-time English classes)
  • Tatyana Bychkova (lower-division English, part-time English classes)
  • Julia Karelskaya (upper-division English)
  • Galina Kuzmina (upper-division English)
  • Anna Kostenevskaya (part-time English classes)
  • Rosa Karataeva (lower-division English)