In episode 76, John Mullen interviews three teachers: Dr Benjamin Jens and Dr. Colleen Lucey,  Assistant Professors of Russian from the University of Arizona, and Dr. Ben Rifkin,  Professor and Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Hofstra University. John, Benjamin, Colleen, and Ben answer all of our questions about how and why to use oral history projects with language learners.

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Show Notes

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John Mullen is Operations Manager of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award-winning station WRHU FM and manages the New York Islanders Radio Network. If you want to reach out to John, you can do so by email.

Dr. Ben Rifkin is an active member of the language teaching community. He is the co-author of the intermediate Russian textbook Panorama, former President of AATSEEL, former member of the ACTFL Board of Directors, and a former OPI tester and trainer in Russian. You can follow Ben on Twitter @benrifkin or by email.

Dr. Colleen Lucey is Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Arizona. You can reach out to her by email.

Dr. Benjamin Jens is Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Arizona. You can learn more about him and his work on his department’s website.

Resources mentioned on the show…

World Readiness Standards

The National Standards Collaborative Board. (2015). World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. 4th ed. Alexandria, VA: Author.

Oral History Association including the page about Oral History in the Digital Age

Society of American Archivists

…A forthcoming paper on the topic Oral History in the Russian Language Curriculum: A Transformative Learning Experience by Benjamin Jens, Colleen Lucey, and Benjamin Rifkin in the volume The Art of Teaching Russian:  Research, Pedagogy, and Practice Edited by Evgeny Dengub, Irina Dubinina, and Jason Merrill Bloomington, IN:  Slavica Publishers, 2019.


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