The goal of the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program is to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a professional level of competence in Russian. To achieve that goal, the Russian Flagship Program recruits and works intensively with highly motivated, talented, and ambitious undergraduate students of all majors to achieve a Superior level of proficiency in Russian. According to the guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, those with Superior-level proficiency are able to speak, read, listen, and write at length and in detail on a wide variety of topics and in various settings, both informal and formal, concrete and abstract; to state and support opinions and to hypothesize, advise, persuade, negotiate, and interpret subtleties of meaning; and to reword or “circumlocute” when the precise word needed is lacking. Those with Superior-level proficiency can deal with linguistically unfamiliar situations and are able to communicate with native speakers unaccustomed to speaking with foreigners. Thus those with a Superior-level command of the language are able to function productively in a wide variety of professional settings.

For more information, see the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, which includes audio examples of speakers of different levels of English. 

"Expanding my knowledge of Russian language and culture has helped me to better understand the way in which the United States, Russia, and, indeed, the world as a whole are interconnected. The Flagship Program not only teaches me how the pieces come together in this international puzzle, it gives me the skills to become a part of the puzzle itself."

 - Ryan Prinz, Russian Flagship Program Alumnus

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A Flagship tutoring session


The UW-Madison Russian Flagship is a collaborative initiative of the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature  and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition
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