Dr. Irina Six

Irina Six
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Language Coordinator, Russian
  • Russian Language Pedagogy | Business Russian

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 2128


Ph.D. in Russian Linguistics, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, 1988, Moscow, Russia


Teaching interests:

  • Russian Language Pedagogy
  • Business Russian

Selected Publications

“Russian Through Film”, 2022 (forthcoming with Routledge), with Anna Kudyma (UCLA) and Irina Walsh (Bryn Mawr College)

“Make Me Talk: A Bichronous Russian Language Course for Beginners”, Russian Language Journal, wth Olga Garbrandt, Vol. 71, No. 2, 2021, pp. 157 - 170.

«В каком контексте? »: A Context-Based Approach to Teaching Verbs of Motion”, Russian Language Journal, Vol. 69, 2019, pp. 213 - 234.

“Benjamin Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub, and Suzanna Nazarova. Panorama:  Intermediate Russian Language and Culture, Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. Index. 460 pages”. Book Review. Russian Language Journal, Vol. 67, pp. 80-83.  

“Born in the USSR”: Searching High and Low for Post-Soviet Identity.” Ulbandus  11 (2008):  232 – 251.

“What Do Ads Do to the Classroom?” Global Business Languages 11 (2006):  83 – 95.

“Advertising in the Russian Language Classroom.” Language and Culture Out of Bounds: Discipline-Blurred Perspectives on the Foreign Language Classroom. Eds. Vicky Galloway and Cothran, Betina. AATSP Professional Development Series Handbook. 6. Mason: Thompson, 2006. 151 – 170

“What Language Sells: Western Advertising in Russia.” The Journal of Language for International Business 16(2) (2005): 1 - 12.

Selected Presentations

May 20, 2022                 “Functional Approach to Teaching Russian for Students with Different Academic Interests” at UCLA Flagship webinar: “Russian for STEM and Professional Purposes: Curricula and Assessment”

February 7, 2020            “Context Approach to Teaching Verbs of Motion”. AATSEEL Annual Conference 2020, San Diego, CA

December 11, 2018        “Verbs of Motion: Keep it Simple and Meaningful”. ACTR webinar. Presenter.

February 1, 2018            “Why Can't We Teach Verb of Motion?”. Presenter. LEARN Workshop. Catholic University, Washington, DC.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

External: Business Language Teaching Research Grants award, Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER). Project: Mastering Business Case Discussion: Data-Driven Teaching Materials for Intermediate Students of Russian.

Internal: KU CREES Grants for Course Development. Projects: Russian for the Profession (2009); Russia and Eastern Europe: Business, Culture, Society (2008); Post-Soviet Communication (2006)