November 16, 2021
Alla Kourova at the 2021 Florida Foreign Language Association conference

Associate professor Alla Kourova has taught Russian at UCF for over a decade, earning a reputation as an educator who celebrates culture beyond the classroom. Now, she’s been honored by the Florida Foreign Language Association with the organization’s Most Valuable Teacher Award.

Affiliated with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language, the Florida Foreign Language Association is a significant national organization in the field of foreign language education. The association boasts a number of affiliate associations that correspond to different regions of the country and different languages, including a new association founded by Kourova: Critical Languages of Southeastern Region (CLOSER). In addition to founding the affiliate association, Kourova will serve as its president.

With International Education Week taking place now through November 19, Kourova is facilitating several events for students, faculty and staff interested in learning more about Russian language and culture:

Russian Culture Night – Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

Classroom Building 1, Room 205

This event for UCF faculty and staff will present Russian folk music traditions together with delicious traditional food. RSVP via email to

Why Should You Learn Russian – Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Classroom Building 1, Room 212

Learn more about Russian literature and its impact on the world from a guest speaker.

Samovars and Study Abroad – Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Trevor Colbourn Hall, MLL Conference Room

“Samovars and Study Abroad” is monthly Russian Tea Hour with where UCF students can learn important information about different scholarships and have fun learning cultural aspects of Russia.

Scholarship Opportunities Abroad – Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Psychology Building, Room 11

The Russian American Students Association at UCF and Alla Kourova will present information about scholarship opportunities abroad: Fulbright, Boren and more.