Teaching Grammar: Interview with William Comer

Second part of the conversation with William Comer that is focused on learning and teaching grammar (the first part of the podcast was on teaching reading skills). 

Doctor William Comer is Professor of Russian and Director of the Russian Flagship Program at Portland State University.

Dr. Comer has published numerous articles in national journals including the Slavic and East European Journal, Russian Language Journal and Foreign Language Annals. His pedagogical edition of Viktoria Tokareva’s short story A Day without Lying (Slavica, 2008) was awarded the prize for Best Book in Language Pedagogy by American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages in 2010. In August 2009 he won the University of Kansas W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. He is co-author of Mezhdu nami (=Between you and me), an online, open-access textbook for elementary Russian. At Portland State he teaches courses in Russian language, literature and culture, and directs the Russian Language Flagship Program.


Podcast host Izolda (Iza) Savenkova is a Visiting Assistant Scholar at Dickinson College, PA. She has been teaching Russian for 7 years after graduation from Lomonosov State University with a Master's degree in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language. The main sphere of her academic interests is Russian for Specific Purposes. She is currently completing her PhD in Teaching Russian as a Second Language at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Before coming to Dickinson College in 2018, she taught courses in Russian language, literature, and culture and assisted a Dickinson-in-Moscow program at Russian State University for the Humanities. During the summers of 2018 and 2019 she taught at Middlebury College Cathryn Davis School of Russian.