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Anna Shkireva

Lecturer, Russian Language

Anna Shkireva, Lecturer, Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures, UMass Amherst

431 Herter Hall

Anna Shkireva is currently teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced Russian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Anna holds an MA in International Relations and currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in TESOL at the University of New Mexico. Anna’s academic interests include second language acquisition, enhancement of language students’ learning, and instructional strategies to support the development of students’ interest. Her recent work focuses on the impact of a teachers’ authentic care on students’ persistence on the beginning’s level of foreign language courses. Prior coming to the University of Massachusetts, Anna has taught Russian at the University of New Mexico and at the Indiana University during the summer Language Workshop. Anna has also participated in various workshops and institutes (ACTFL OPI Tester Training Workshop, STARTALK Institute for Teachers at Middlebury College and SUMMER INSTITUTE on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing at Duke University) that meant to develop her professional qualities and enhance her pedagogical expertise.


  • Ivanova-Sullivan, T., Shkireva, A. (2021). Review of Irina Dubinina and Olesya Kisselev’s Rodnaya Rech’: An Introductory Course for Heritage Learners of Russian. Heritage Language Journal.
  • Zagrai, E., Ivanova-Sullivan, T., Meier, I., Patterson, L., & Shkireva, A. (2017). Teaching and learning Russian language and culture in New Mexico. Russian Language Abroad: 9-15.
  • Almeida, E., Shkireva, A. (2017). Dialect analysis of English. Innova Research Journal. 2(8), 79-85.

Works in progress:

  • Stadler, W. (Ed.) Authenticity across Languages and Cultures – Transcultural and Philosophical Motives in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning (edited collection). Shkireva, A. Authenticity beyond teaching materials: Exploring the impact of teachers’ authentic care on students’ persistence in the beginner’s level of foreign language course.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Russian 110
  • Russian 230
  • Russian 301