Richard Robin

Professor Richard Robin
Professor of Russian and International Affairs, Director of Russian Language
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Dr. Robin received his Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics from the University of Michigan and has been at GW since 1981. His main area is methodology of Russian language teaching and technology in language teaching. He has co-authored a number of textbooks: Golosa: A Beginning Course in Russian (1993-2013), a proficiency-based program, Russian Listening Comprehension (1992), Political Russian (1991-2009), On the Air (1999), and Russian for Russians (1991-2006). He also coordinates distance-learning projects using authentic foreign-language materials on the Internet and serves as a senior researcher at the National Capital Language Resource Center. In Both GW and the field of Slavics have recognized Professor Robin with awards for teaching, materials, and technology (CCAS Distinguished Teacher-1987, Bender-2004, AATSEEL Best materials-2004, AATSEEL College Teacher of the Year 2006, MERLOT Best Language Website-2010).  R. Robin's Website


  • 2012. "Lexicalized Aspect in Russian Oral Proficiency Interviews." Modern Language Journal, 96 (1), pp. 34–50.
  • 2011-2013. Golosa: A Beginning Program in Russian, 5th edition. Coauthored with Karen Evans-Romaine and Galina Shatalina. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
  • 2011. “Narrative and Narration in Advanced Oral Proficiency Interviews” Foreign Language Annals.
  • 2011. “Listening Comprehension in the Age of Web 2.0” in Arnold, Nike & Ducate, Lara, Present and Future Promises of CALL: From Theory and Research to New Directions in Language Teaching, pp. 93-130. CALICO Monograph Series.
  • 2009. Political Russian. 6th edition. Washington, D.C. ACTR-Kendall/Hunt. Coauthored with Natasha Simes.
  • 2007. “Learner-Based Listening and Technological Authenticity.” Language Learning & Technology.
  • 2006 “Computers and Pedagogy in Russian: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?” Slavic and East European Journal.