Originally from Moscow, Veta Chitnev holds an M.Ed. from Moscow State Regional University and M.A. in Educational Psychology from Simon Frasier University. Veta is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education at the University of Victoria.

She teaches Russian language courses and coordinates all sections of Russian 100 and 200. She is also responsible for student placement (transition between Russian junior and senior level courses). Her areas of specialization are teaching Russian as a second language, pedagogy, and curriculum development and design.

Her other interests include cultural psychology, educational psychology, and social and emotional development.

Courses currently teaching

Winter 2016

RUSS101 Basic Russian I Sections

Introduction to contemporary Russian with emphasis on specialized vocabulary for science, commerce, law, etc. Oral practice, grammar, reading and writing. Note: Students who intend to use RUSS 101, 102 and 200 to satisfy the Faculty of Arts language requirement must register for both RUSS 101 and 102 in the same year.

Winter 2016

RUSS200 Second-Year Russian Sections

Intermediate oral practice, grammar, reading, composition. A special section may be provided for Science students.

Winter 2016

RUSS316 Russian through Film (in Russian) Sections

Conversation and composition using Russian film.

Winter 2016

RUSS400 Fourth-Year Russian Sections

Advanced oral practice, reading and composition.

Winter 2016

RUSS102 Basic Russian II Sections

Continuation of RUSS 101.

Research Interests:

  • Assessment in higher education
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Russian language
  • Intercultural studies
  • Leaning and instructional theories
  • Motivation and social-emotional adjustment in educational settings