About the Authors

Lynne deBenedette

Lynne deBenedette is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Studies at Brown University. Her research interests involve issues in second language acquisition which affect teaching practice. This includes curriculum design, instructional technology, Processing Instruction and Structured Input and foreign language teacher training.

William J. Comer

William Comer is a Professor of Russian and the Director of the Russian Flagship program at Portland State University. From 1992-2014 he worked at the University of Kansas, where he coordinated the Russian language program. His current research focuses on the learning and teaching of Russian, especially the area of reading comprehension.

Alla Smyslova

Alla Smyslova is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Russian Language Program at Columbia University. Her research focuses on issues of foreign and heritage language acquisition by adult learners and the effects of instructional intervention. She served as Vice-President of the American Council of Teachers of Russian from 2020-22.

Jonathan Perkins

Jonathan Perkins is the Director of the Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas. He has taught Russian at all levels, in addition to teaching courses in Russian culture, Slavic folklore and instructional technology. His research interests include Russian language pedagogy and Computer Assisted Language Learning.