3.1 New courses I have launched

I have been creating new courses and revising old ones throughout the course of my career. Here I will focus only on the courses that I taught many times, and that became a permanent part of the curriculum. In addition I have created numerous other courses for specific purposes (such as Freshman seminars and individual study courses) and continually revised many others.

New courses created at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

SLAV/LING 109: Cognitive Linguistics. This is an inquiry-based course, which means that instead of me shoveling information at the students, I give them questions to think about or problems to solve. We discuss our answers and solutions and thereby come to grips with the theoretical framework of Cognitive Linguistics.

SLAV/LING 075: Languages and Nationalism. The purpose of this course is to explore the relationships between languages and the political identities of the people who speak them. We focus on the languages and peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the US.

SLAV/PWAD 467: Language and Political Identity. This course examines the roles of language policy and linguistic controversies in determining national identity and fueling political polarization. It focuses primarily on Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

SLAV 752: West Slavic Linguistics. This course presents the linguistic history of the West Slavic languages as well as their modern dialectology.

CZCH 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Czech. This series of six semesters of instruction in Czech takes the student from the very beginning to advanced proficiency in the language.

New course created at UiT

HIF 3082: Quantitative Methods in Linguistics. This is the first course in the application of statistical models to linguistic data ever taught at UiT, and one of the first of its kind anywhere. For this course I have designed a Fronter webpage with extensive powerpoint presentations and a series of hands-on demonstrations of authentic linguistic data and statistical code for analysis so that students can learn by doing. My 2013 textbook Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. The Essential Reader is used in this course, which gives students hands-on guidance in learning to use the statistical programming language called R. See this video interview containing footage from this course.

Significantly redesigned courses at UiT

RUS 2040: Strukturen i russisk. This course has been significantly revised to include new focus on Russian word-formation, Russian case (using The Case Book for Russian, by Laura A. Janda and Steven J. Clancy 2002), Russian aspect (using The Aspect in Russian Media Module , Exploring Emptiness webpage and exercises, and Cluster Types for Russian Verbs), and Songs for RUS 2040.

RUS 3010: Language and literature of Medieval Russia (with Old Church Slavonic). This course has been significantly revised, adding new focus based on Common and comparative Slavic: Phonology and inflection, with special attention to Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, and Bulgarian, by Charles E. Townsend and Laura A. Janda (1996), plus a module in which students learn how to read texts written in Old Church Slavonic.

RUS 3030: Concepts and Categories: Contemporary Russian Cognitive Linguistics. This course has been redesigned to reflect recent research in Russian linguistics, including my own work.

Master classes and mentorship of foreign scholars

In addition to my regular teaching duties, I have recently taught, by invitation, master classes with advanced students in Charles University in Prague (2016), Seoul National University in Korea (2015), The National Research Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2015), a PhD course for young Norwegian linguists at Dubrovnik Croatia (2013), University of Tartu, Estonia (2011 & 2008), Beihang University, and Beijing, China (2011). I have also served as a mentor to 12 foreign scholars from Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Finland, Belgium, Korea — all of these young scholars traveled to study with me at my home university.