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Oh, the Places You'll Go (With Russian)

Published: May 15, 2018

We’ve all seen how Lesnoe Ozero offers a rewarding experience for Villagers of all ages—but did you know that Russian can open many doors beyond Minnesota? We talked to Nadia “Nadia” Braun and Yasha “Yasha” Hoffman, both of whom will be Fulbright Scholars during the next academic year, to learn more about how the skills they gained at Lesnoe Ozero will help them in their upcoming adventures.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Published: March 21, 2018

Happy First Day of Spring! Maslenitsa, the traditional Russian holiday celebrating the end of winter, has already come and gone. On March 21, spring equinox, Persian and Turkic communities across the world are celebrating a holiday called Navruz.

The Benefits of Foreign-Language Education for Young Children

Published: March 1, 2018

Science has shown that there are great cognitive benefits for children who learn a second language when they’re young. Fortunately, the CLV Way is in line with experts’ suggestions!

The 2018 Olympics Have Started!

Published: February 9, 2018

The Olympics bring together athletes from around the world,

and even if tensions run high about geopolitics or a half second difference in
race time, the games give athletes and fans alike an opportunity to overcome their
differences and celebrate each other’s victories.

Throwback: Happy Birthday, Anton Chekhov!

Published: January 29, 2018

Every year, our High School Credit Session villagers take on a project to integrate everything they’ve learned about language, traditions, history, and art. Teams of villagers have worked together to solve environmental crises, to run political campaigns, and to retell Russian fairytales. The chance to dive into working with authentic materials, adapted for villagers’ familiarity with Russian, is part of what makes Lesnoe Ozero so special. Check out this Throwback to High School Credit villagers’ final projects from 2010, when they adapted Anton Chekhov’s work into short videos about Lesnoe Ozero!

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