Russia and the Russian Language in the 21st Century

The Central Association of Russian Teachers of America welcomes its members, exhibitors, and guests to its Twelfth Annual Conference that will be held at Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, from Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28, 2010.

The aim of the Conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in teaching Russian language, literature, culture, history, and social sciences, discussing methodology and instructional techniques, and sharing experiences in developing and conducting successful academic courses and study abroad programs and internships.

Conference registration fees are $55 for member participants, $65 for non-member participants, $35 for students and retirees, and $75 for on-site registration, regardless of status. Registration includes the opening reception, conference luncheon, keynote address, Sunday breakfast, and cultural program.

Rooms have been pre-booked at the special rate of $99.00, single or double. Make your reservation no later than March 4, 2010, by calling the hotel at (800) 810-3708 and identifying yourself as a CARTA conference participant.

The Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) consolidates and coordinates the efforts of Russian language and area studies educators, mainly in the seven central states of the United States —Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico,Oklahoma, and Texas — in order to enhance and expand Russian studies in the region, to provide professional and moral support for existing programs, and to create new programs of need and interest to students at all levels of public, private, secondary, and higher educational institutions.

In recent years, the Association opened its doors to professionals from other states and countries, who have found their alliance with CARTA increasingly beneficial and stimulating for their professional and personal development. Currently among CARTA members are professors and students of major US universities, secondary school teachers from seven member states, education administrators and consultants, language and intercultural corporate training solutions providers, academic researchers, and simply Russian language and culture enthusiasts.