Snezhana Zheltoukhova

Visiting Assistant Professor and Language Commons Director

Snezhana Zheltoukhova teaches Russian as a world language and researches a sociocultural approach to second language acquisition.

  • PhD, second language acquisition and Russian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, Russian and Slavonic studies, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BA with high distinction, theoretical and applied linguistics and teaching Russian as a second language, Moscow (Lomonosov) State University


Snezhana Zheltoukhova


Snezhana Zheltoukhova, PhD, has been teaching Russian as a world language since her graduation from Moscow (Lomonosov) State University. For a decade, she continued teaching the language and culture at Carleton College, Pomona College, Beloit College, University of Missouri-Columbia, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Zheltoukhova has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and Director of Language Commons since 2017. Her research interests are within the field of second language acquisition and pedagogy, specifically world language tutoring, analysis of discourse and interaction, sociocultural theory, and technology-mediated language learning.

More About Snezhana Zheltoukhova

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching Russian as a second language
  • L2 tutoring classroom interaction
  • Computer-assisted language learning

Course Sampling

  • Elementary Russian
  • Second-Year Russian
  • Intermediate Russian Conversation and Composition
  • Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition

  • Qualitative research methods
  • CA-for-SLA
  • L2 tutoring and intercultural competence
  • Technology-mediated language learning
  • Socio-interactional development in L2

  • Zheltoukhova, S. (in press). Teaching media literacy through task-based instruction. Russian Language Journal.
  • Zheltoukhova, S. (in press). Beginner language classroom through the lens of public discourse: Practical implementation of equitable pedagogy concepts. In W. Lehman, M. Grieb, & Y. Clemmen (Eds.), Public spheres Past/Present/Future. Irvine, CA: Brown-Walker Press.
  • Zheltoukhova, S. (2023) Preparation for study abroad: The action-oriented approach for RFL students. In S. V. Nuss and C. Martin (Eds.) Student-centered approaches to Russian language learning: Insights, strategies, and adaptations. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Zheltoukhova, S. (2022). Developing global competence through Task-Based Instruction In S. V. Nuss & W. W. Martelle (Eds.), Task-based instruction for teaching Russian as a foreign language. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Zheltoukhova, S. (2021). Language learning in a fishbowl environment: Working with student perceptions of videoconferencing. In W. Lehman, M. Grieb, & Y. Clemmen (Eds.), Work and labor in world languages, literature, and film. (pp. 103-114). Irvine, CA: Brown-Walker Press.
  • Zheltoukhova, S. (2018). Foreign language tutoring social dynamics in action. Conference proceedings, Society and Languages in the Third Millennium: Communication. Education. Translation, pp. 268-284
  • Zheltoukhova, S. (2017). Implementing internet technologies for deep language learning. In F. V. Tochon & D. Busciglio (Eds.). Deep education across the disciplines and beyond (pp. 403-427). Blue Mounds, WI: Deep University Press.
  • Zheltoukhova, S., Nesterchouk, A., Akkaziev J. (2017). Developing intercultural competence at novice level: Deep approach to Russian. In F. V. Tochon & D. Busciglio (Eds.). Deep education across the disciplines and beyond (pp. 383-402). Blue Mounds, WI: Deep University Press.
  • Barnas, M. M., & Zheltoukhova, S. (2014). Reflections on the SWSEEL Russian program from a sociocultural perspective: Challenges and benefits. In S. M. Coronel-Molina & L. Rowland (Eds.), Working Papers in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (WPLCLE), 3, 113-132. 
  • Murphy, D., Evans-Romaine, K., Zheltoukhova, S. (2012). Student and tutor perspectives of tutoring in a Russian Flagship Program. Russian Language Journal, 62, 107127.