Olia Prokopenko is a native speaker of Russian. She graduated with honors in English and French from the Karazin National University and completed aspirantura (doctoral studies) in Comparative Linguistics at the Skovoroda National Pedagogical University, both – in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she taught before coming to the US. Olia also studied Russian literature at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH).
Olia’s teaching experience includes teaching Russian language and culture at Lafayette College, the Ohio State University, Middlebury College, Bryn Mawr College, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. She served as an academic adviser at the Russian Language Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA) and faculty adviser of the Temple University Russian program. Currently, she teaches Russian language and culture at Temple University. Her students have won prestigious scholarships, national Russian essay contests, academic conference awards; a number of them have gone on to study Russian at graduate schools. Olia works diligently to promote Russian studies in the region: since 2009, she has served as a chair of the Delaware Valley High School Olympiada of Spoken Russian.
Classical music and opera play an important part in Olia’s life. In her youth, Olia studied piano, music theory, solfeggio, accompaniment, music history. While at Ohio State University, she took classes on 20th century Russian music and Stravinsky. She worked as a Russian diction coach of the University choir for Les Noces by Stravinsky and she also helped the singers prepare their parts for Stravinsky’s Mavra.
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