David J. Galloway, HWS assistant professor of Russian area studies, recently received a two-year grant to fund “A Dynamic Trainer for Russian Verbs” through the federal Department of Education's program in international research and studies.
The grant is scheduled to begin June 1, and activities it covers should be completed by May 31, 2008.
Galloway explained that the funding will continue work — begun with a grant from the Mellon Foundation Center for Educational Technology — toward a computer-based system for teaching Russian grammar to students at the beginning and intermediate levels.
The system is unusual in that its design allows it to generate new quizzes and training materials new content each time it is used, as opposed to existing Web materials, which are static and therefore unsuitable for repeated use.
The $243,000 award will fund programming and faculty support to develop the application further and distribute it nationwide. The project is designed for high school and college students learning to speak and write Russian.
Galloway, who joined the faculty in 1999, holds bachelor's degrees in English and in Russian from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a master's and doctorate, both in Slavic Studies, and both from Cornell University.