Lada Vassilieva



University of Pennsylvania (PA),  MA September 1996 - May 1999

MA Thesis “Soviet Language Policy. Language Death in Siberia”, with concentration in cultural anthropology, socio-linguistics, second language acquisition.  

University of Miami (FL), September 1991-May 1993

M.A. in Department of English, concentration on comparative approaches to American and Russian literary criticism. 

Moscow Linguistic University, M.A. with highest honors received June 1991

Dissertation on Stylistic Devices and Phraseological Irradiation in the Works of Jonathan Swift: "A Tale of a Tub" and "Polite Conversation" supervised by А. V. Kunin (professor, author of English-Russian Phraseological Dictionary)  

Moscow Linguistic University (former Moris Terez Insitute of Foreign Languages), B.A. with highest honors. Major in linguistics and teaching English as a foreign language, minor in German.  German and English Linguistics. Selected to join faculty of the Stylistics Department under A.V. Kunin.  

Durham University, Durham, England, March-July 1990

Chosen for study abroad program in Moscow Linguistic University competition


Course of study in English literature and translation of Russian fiction to English.  Prepared report for Durham Wildlife Trust on structure of environmental organizations in Great Britain.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE – Fall 1995 - present


University of Pennsylvania Courses:

Beginning Russian Sequence

Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition

RUSS Lauder Institute Summer programs –Advanced Russian Immersion Program


Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5 pm by appointment




Research Interests

Foreign language teaching methodology.


Selected Publications

Contributor to Info-South Abstracts Catalogue, University of Miami


Penn Language News

Courses Taught

Fall 2024

RUSS 0100: Russian I


ACTFL member, OPI Tester in Russian