Why Study Russian?
There are more than 140,000 Russian-speaking immigrants in Oregon and Washington. The U.S. Census indicates that the Pacific Northwest has had the greatest influx of Russian-speaking immigrants anywhere in the nation over the last 10 years, making Russian one of the most commonly spoken languages in the region.
Russian is the second most sought-out language by employers in Oregon and Washington, and the second most commonly spoken language in the state of Oregon.
Russian has been designated a language of "critical need" by the U.S. government.
Why Study Russian at PCC?
The Russian program at PCC boasts the largest enrollment in the state for first and second year courses. All PCC Russian courses are taught using an immersion method. The object of all Russian courses at PCC is to help students develop communicative competence and proficiency in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing Russian, as well as cultural awareness. Since 2010, twelve PCC Russian language students have won the U.S. State Department's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship and studied for 8 weeks in Russia all expenses paid:
- Pair of Russian Language Students Earn Critical Language Scholarships
- Classroom success at PCC results in Russia trip
- Russian Repeat: Two more students headed to Vladimir, Russia
- Language program sends two more Sylvania students to Russia
- PCC students headed to Russia for language studies
PCC Russian language students also have been recognized in the ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay contest for their Russian language skills. Since 2005, we have had one gold medal winner, three silver medal winners, two bronze medal winners and two honorable mentions.
- Three students place at National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest
- Student Writes Her Own Ticket to Success in Russian Essay Competition
Russian classes at PCC feature:
- Language immersion with emphasis on speaking skills.
- Relaxed, fun classroom environment.
- Instructors with Masters degrees, native/near-native fluency and more than 20 years of teaching experience.
- Full integration of speaking, grammar, writing, listening and culture at every level.
- Partner and small group activities during class every day.
- Inexpensive, instructor-written textbooks—just $65 for a full year.
- Free Russian tutors to help you learn and practice.
- Classrooms with computer podium, large screen and stereo system for viewing videos, as well as a new language computer lab for student and class use.
- Course Web pages with online activities for extra practice.
- Additional elective courses on Russian culture and literature during winter and spring quarters (conducted in English).