Elena Doshlygina

Elena Doshlygina

Applied Assistant Professor of RussianOliphant Hall 178
(918) 712-9933
elena-doshlygina@utulsa.eduPersonal Page

I use the affective-semantic approach in teaching Russian. The affective-semantic approach focuses on the integrated wholeness of the psychological processes which condition speech behavior. This methodology is designed to unleash reserve capacities residing in the personality and to utilize the affective aspects of language learning.
My philosophy of teaching has been implemented in Anne S. Woolslayer Russian studies classroom, which was designed and set to ensure effective learning and teaching. In a stress-free environment students learn 5-10 times faster, not even knowing about it.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. in Foreign Language Methodology, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow, USSR
  • M.A. and B.A. in English and German with Excellence, Sverdlovsk Pedagogical Institute, College of Foreign Languages, Sverdlovsk, USSR

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Russian Language, Culture and Civilization
  • Innovative Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • The Affective-Semantic Approach to Teaching Languages
  • Cross-cultural Interaction and Communication
  • Psychology of Language Acquisition
  • Translation and Interpretation

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Applied Assistant Professor of Russian, 2001-present
    • Department of Languages, TU
  • Applied Instructor of Russian, 1996-2000
    • Department of Languages, TU
  • Visiting Instructor of Russian, 1992-1996
    • Department of Languages, TU
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, 1991-1992
    • Department of Modern Languages, University of Mississippi
  • Assistant Professor of Languages, 1988-1990
    • Sverdlovsk Engineer-Pedagogical Institute, Sverdlovsk, USSR

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Interpreter/Translator, English-Russian, Russian-English,
  • Extensive experience in business, law, industry, education, architecture and medicine

Professional Affiliations

  • American Council of Teachers of Russian
  • Central Association of Russian Teachers of America
  • Dobro Slovo
  • International Alliance for Learning
  • Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Russian
  • The International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL)
  • Collegium, Humanitarian Development Foundation

Courses Taught at TU

  • 20th-Century Russian Literature (RUSS 3043)
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition (RUSS 3683)
  • Approaches to Russian Literature (RUSS 3033)
  • Beginning Russian I and II (RUSS 1004, 1014)
  • Culture of the Soviet Union (RUSS 3023)
  • Independent Study (RUSS 4991-3)
  • Intermediate Russian I and II (RUSS 2003, 2013)
  • Russian Conversation and Grammar (RUSS 3003)
  • Russian Culture (RUSS 3013)
  • Special Topics in Russian (RUSS 4113)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2000 Nominee as a representative of the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences for the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • 2002 Central Association of Russian Teachers of America Excellence in Teaching of the Russian Language Award.


  • On Reading, Teaching Reading and Affective Semantics
    in Journal of Accelerated Learning and Teaching. 1996, Vol. 21. With Donald L. Dyer.
  • Piroshky with an Accent
    Translation from the Russian with Amanda Lemon of the book "Piroshky with an Accent" by Vladimir Kotelnikov. Published by Art International, 2001.
  • Prepodavanije russkogo yazyka po emotsional’no-smyslovomu metodu v amerikanskom universitete (Teaching Russian Using Affective Semantics at the American University)
    in Russkoye slovo v mirovoj kul’ture. Materialy X Kongressa Mezhdunarodnoj assotsiatsii prepodavatelej russkogo yazika I kul’tury, 250-254, v.1, 2003. St. Petersburg, 2003.
  • Universal Russian-English Course for Beginners
    With Lia Viederfeld and Elena Pozdniakova. Tallinn: October, 1992.