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News Release (October 19, 1965)


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News Release (October 19, 1965)
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COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR -INFORMATION October 19, 1965 FOR RELEASE: AT WILL RUSSIAN LANGUAGE STUDENTS IN DEI-fAND There is a rush on all over the United States to find anyone who can speak Russian and New College faculty and students are doing their bit to help relieve the shortage. Statistics tell a quick story about the need: one of 390 persons in the U. S. speaks Russian, one of 23 Soviets speaks English. Only six per cent of U. s. scientists speak or read Russian, but 40 per cent of U.S.S.R. scientists speak English. makes these statistics so pointed is the fact that Russian is gradually supplanting German as the second language, after in the world of science. Translation of Russian scientific papers is a problem for the whole U. s. scientific program. Russian is one of eight languages now offered at New College. Others are French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Greek, and Japanese. Dr. Theodore Concevitch, in his second year as a language tutor at New College, conducts all classes in Russian. He uses the audio-lingual apprcach to teaching Russian. "I teach them not to memorize the grammar rule but to learn how to use the language," said Dr. Concevitch. -more-


RUSSIAN Page 2 His Russian program provides for three years of study beginning with elementary, progressing to intermediate and then moving on to advanced and scientific Russian. "I have two students who began with me last year and they have made such good that they are already on third-year work," said Dr. Concevitch. To show how the study of Russian has become popular in the United States, Dr. Concevitch cited the statistics of the last eight years. In 1957 he said, 16,000 students were teking Russian in 350 colleges and universities. Today there are 35,000 students taking the language in 600 institutions. Why the upsurge? "Sputnik," said Dr. Concevitch. "tfuen the Russians first burst onto the scene with their space technology, they demonstrated that this was a nation to reckon with in the scientific world." Now the space industry and government gobble up many of the good students of Russian. So acute is the shortage that computers are being pressed into service to do the work since translation is so far behind in some areas. Dr. Concevitch teaches more than the Russian language in his course. While he is teaching the language he tries also to teach the ways of the Russians. "For instance, students have to learn that we capitalize the 1 I' when used in the phrase 'you and I'," said Dr. Concevitch. "The Russians, who make their language show their respect for the other capitalize the 'You" instead." -more-


RUSSIAN -Page 3 Another instance he gave is in the use of the word 'dear'. In this country in a letter, everyone --even a bill collector -is addressed by this familiar term. Not in Russia. They use the t..rord only when they mean it. t.Jith each lesson he a].so includes maw; facts about Russian culture. Russian i:J har-d t J lE,ar:l, acco.cding i..) Dr. ':!oncevitch, and he says that the averaga studen-:: of Ger, \vill ac:imit that t;h.::.t language is much more difficult. Concevitch speDdJ hours a week with his classes and then assi5ns them an extra hour each week in the laneuage laoorflto:::y where the students may work alone with lessons 01 tap .s checking their fluency with an instructor's transcribed voice. Dr. Concevitclt tas born in anci tl7orking on a mission in this country for the Russian :Lnperi.<>.l Go\ernment whe'1 the Communists took over after ioJor.lJ Har I. "I assumed an ::111'".1lg:-:-ant status and later a naturalized citizen, 11 said the R'.tssian tutor. He went on to get his bachelor of arts degree in education at the University of Denver, a master's at Columbia University, and then earned his doctorate at tl!e Net-7 Yor1.< School of Law. For mRny years Dr. Concevitch did criminal work with the Court of General Se8sions in New York, retiring and setting up his home in Sarasota in 1956 Since then he has been teaching Russian at the high school, junior college, and level, each summer as assistant director of the Institute of Critical Languages at College in Vermont -end-

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