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Office hours (Fall 2018):
Tuesday, 2 – 4 PM
My name is Alina Popova. I am 22 and I come from a small Russian town Orel, which literally means “Eagle” in English. That’s why our citizens jokingly tag it as “Eagle-town.” Orel is considered to be the cradle of such masters of literature as Leonid Andreyev, Afanasy Fet, Nikolai Leskov and Ivan Turgenev. I’ve just got my Bachelor degree from Orel State University named after I.S. Turgenev. My studying was mainly focused on the theory and methodology of teaching foreign languages and cultures. Intercultural communication has become one of my favorite disciplines. I love and appreciate people being different. Everyone is unique in his or her own way! And I’m quite convinced that it’s of vital importance to preserve one’s cultural identity. Features, principles and life attitudes which make us so different from each other make us so magnetic at the same time. I’m grateful to my alma mater for the chance to become a part of Bates College family and to represent Russian culture. I am eager to meet new people here, to get to know everyone and to share my cultural experience. If you’re looking for an opportunity to practice Russian, just let me know. I’ll be awfully glad to help you, to guide you or to share a couple of words in Russian. You’re welcome to attend Russian table which is held on Fridays at 12:00 noon in New Commons 211. Besides, if you can’t grasp grammatical cases of Russian nouns, for example, and need my assistance, I’m available every Tuesday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in my office: Roger Williams, 228.