Washington University Olin Fellow and Master of Arts in Teaching student Jalie Moore has been awarded a 2022 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to participate in an intensive Russian language program. The CLS Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world and critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad. Due to the current health and safety situation, however, some CLS institutes for summer 2022 will be offered as virtual programs rather than study abroad.
CLS alumni apply their critical language skills in a variety of professional fields in public and private sectors as well as government, helping to support America’s competitiveness across the board. While earning a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Jalie studied abroad in Vladimir, Russia where she acquired a love for Slavic studies and a desire to expand global academics for young minds. After completing her MAT next spring, Jalie wishes to develop and implement a new Russian language program in a local high school involving opportunities to study Eastern Europe “through its unparalleled literature, intriguing customs, fine art, and other pieces of culture which may incite student inspiration to study foreign languages.” Congratulations on this awesome opportunity, Jalie!