Dr. Irina Six

Lecturer, Russian
Academic Program Associate
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2128
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Spring Office Hours:

F: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Teaching interests: Russian language pedagogy, business Russian.

Degree: Ph.D., Russian University of Friendship of Peoples, Moscow

Selected recent publications:

2013 article: Iazyk russkogo biznesa dlia amerikantsev: opyt korrektirovki ushebnogo slovaria po Natsionalnomu korpusu russkogo iazyka” (“Russian Business Language for American Learners:  Applying the Data from Russian National Corpus to Learners’ Vocabulary», published in Russian). Prostrastvo iazyka – prostranstvo kultury. Moscow, Russia: MARKHI. 117-119.

2008 article: Born in the USSR: Searching High and Low for Post-Soviet Identity. Ulbandus 11: 232–251.

2006 article: Advertising in the Russian Language Classroom. Language and Culture Out of Bounds: Discipline-Blurred Perspectives on the Foreign Language Classroom. Galloway, Vicky and Cothran, Betina, eds. AATSP Professional Development Series Handbook, 6. Mason: Thompson. 151–170.

2005 article: What Language Sells: Western Advertising in Russia.The Journal of Language for International Business 16(2): 1–12.

2003 book chapter: Posobie po russkomu jazyku dlja studentov-inostrancev arxitekturnoj spetsial’nosti. Krushenkov, A. I.; Ivanova-Anninskaia, A.N.; Potapkina, A.P.; and I.A. Fediunina. Moscow: MARCHI. [Co-author of 2 chapters ( pp. 22–35), textbook for foreign students of Russian].

Selected recent grants:

External: Business Language Teaching Research Grants award, Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER). Project: Mastering Business Case Discussion: Data-Driven Teaching Materials for Intermediate Students of Russian.

Internal: KU CREES Grants for Course Development. Projects: Russian for the Profession (2009); Russia and Eastern Europe: Business, Culture, Society (2008); Post-Soviet Communication (2006)

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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