Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Students Study in Russia for an Intensive Academic Experience
Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. –– Bilingual graduate students of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program traveled to Russia as part of a clinical seminar and “SLP 644 - Speech-Language Services in the Schools” course, this past May. The eight students worked for three weeks inside the classrooms of a Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) pre-school in Moscow. They observed and interacted with typically developing children in order to study normal language acquisition in Russian children. They also researched the policies and practices of Russian education, attended lectures by various teachers and speech-language professionals, and immersed themselves in Russian culture.
Students were invited to attend a special conference hosted by the JCC which featured Professor Nelson Moses, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chair of the LIU Brooklyn Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, as well as the founders of the Lev Vygotsky Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation in Moscow, an internationally renowned center for child development.
“Our Communication Sciences and Disorders program has a bilingual, multi-cultural emphasis. This trip increased the cultural and linguistic understanding of our students and will enable them to serve future clients in a culturally diverse setting like New York,” said Assistant Professor Bridget Dwyer, M.S. CCC-SLP, who accompanied the students and taught the clinical seminar and the academic course SLP 644. “It is a trip that we will never forget. Hopefully, it will be the first of many for our students.”
The eight graduate students who took part in the trip were Dana DeMayo, Larisa Kazanchieva, Anastasiya Kim, Marina Krugolets, Anastasiya Mararenko, Victoriya Nevryanskiy, Galyna Zaslav and Sabina Zhornitsky. The students were supervised by bilingual speech-language pathologist Alexandra Soyfer ‘03, M.S., CCC-SLP.
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