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Donald Livingston

Lecturer Sr, MY, Russian
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
CLI Curriculum Coordinator and Center Faculty Affiliate
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Biography: 

Born in Tucson, Arizona, Don Livingston started studying his first foreign language, Spanish, at the age of seven. He has now officially studied 13 languages, but hopes to get up to 20 in this lifetime. He has worked as a yoga instructor, a translator specializing in avionics documentation, and administrator and educator for a drug-testing company, and as a teacher of Russian since 1987. He designs computer-aided language learning materials to supplement current textbooks. Most summers he takes students abroad to study Russian either in Russia or in Kyrgyzstan; the latter is where he learned to drink fermented mare’s milk. In his spare time he writes poetry and strums the guitar.  Currently he is also serving as Curriculum Coordinator and Faculty Lead for the Critical Languages Institute at the Melikian Center.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Slavic Linguistics, University of Washington 1998
  • M.A. Russian Language and Literature, University of Arizona 1987
  • B.A. Russian Language and Literature, University of Arizona 1984
Research Interests: 

Computer-aided language learning

Publications: 
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 394Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 102Elementary Russian II
RUS 394Special Topics
RUS 484Internship
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 101Elementary Russian I
RUS 201Intermediate Russian I
RUS 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 202Intermediate Russian II
RUS 294Special Topics
RUS 394Special Topics
SLC 494Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 102Elementary Russian II
SLC 304Digital Humanities Lang Majors
SLV 304Digital Humanities Lang Majors
RUS 484Internship
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 101Elementary Russian I
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 194Special Topics
SLV 304Digital Humanities Lang Majors
SLC 304Digital Humanities Lang Majors
RUS 394Special Topics
RUS 484Internship
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 194Special Topics
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 102Elementary Russian
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 202Intermediate Russian
RUS 394Special Topics
RUS 484Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 102Elementary Russian
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 202Intermediate Russian
RUS 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 202Intermediate Russian
SLC 294Special Topics
RUS 294Special Topics
RUS 394Special Topics
SLC 494Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 102Elementary Russian
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 202Intermediate Russian
RUS 484Internship
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
RUS 102Elementary Russian
RUS 201Intermediate Russian
RUS 202Intermediate Russian
RUS 484Internship
RUS 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations: 
  • Don Livingston. Second language exercise web design: best practices, issues, and practical templates. Arizona AATSEEL conference, Fall 2010 (Dec 2010).
  • Don Livingston. Stylistics of Russian number phrases for intermediate students. Arizona AATSEEL conference, Spring 2010 (May 2010).
  • Donald E. Livingston, Jr. "The Pragmatics of 'zvonit'". 2009 Fall meeting of AZ chapter of the Amer. Assoc. of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern Eur. Languages (Dec 2009).
Service: 
  • Language Fair, Staffed Russian/Melikian Center table (2010 - Present)
  • Language Fair, Mini-lesson instructor (2009 - Present)
  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages, AZ chapter, President (2008 - 2011)
  • Russian Word of the Day, Author and editor (2010 - 2010)
  • Melikian Center, Resident Coordinator of Melikian Center's CLI Kazan Russian Program (2010 - 2010)
  • Melikian Center, Application evaluator (2010 - 2010)
  • Russian Word of the Day, Author and editor (2008 - 2009)
  • Russian Word of the Day, Author and editor (2009 - 2009)
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