Snezhana Zheltoukhova

Snezhana Zheltoukhova

Visiting Assistant Professor and Language Commons Director

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

  • Ph. D., 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


Course Sampling

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching Russian as a second language
  • L2 tutoring classroom interaction


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 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.


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


  • Integration, Identity and Language Maintenance in Young Immigrants: Russian Germans or German Russians. (Ed.) Ludmila Isurin and Claudia M. Riehl. Book review. Slavic and East European Journal, Winter 2018 (forthcoming).
  • "Implementing Internet Technologies for Deep Language Learning", 2017, 278-304. In F. V. Tochon & D. Busciglio (Eds.), Deep Education from the Disciplinary to the Transdisciplinary. Blue Mounds, WI: Deep University Press.
  • "Developing Intercultural Competence at Novice Level: Deep Approach to Russian" (co-authored with Nesterchouk A. and Akkaziev J). 2017, 260-277. In F. V. Tochon & D. Busciglio (Eds.), Deep Education from the Disciplinary to the Transdisciplinary. Blue Mounds, WI: Deep University Press.
  • "Reflections on the SWSEEL Russian Program from a Sociocultural Perspective: Challenges and Benefits" (Co-authored with Martina Barnaš) Working Papers in LCLE 3, 2014, 112-126.
  • "Student and Tutor Perspectives of Tutoring in a Russian Flagship Program" (co-authored with Murphy D. & Evans-Romaine K.) Russian Language Journal 62, 2012, 107-127.
  • "Первый круг: Russian Full Circle" First-Year Russian Textbook by Donna Oliver with Edie Furniss Yale University Press, 2013. Book review. Russian Language Journal, Vol 65, 2015.