Tatiana Zilotina Section Head, Senior Instructor of Russian Guilford House 302

Office Hours: MW 12:30-1:30 p.m. and by appointment.

I graduated from Minsk Linguistic University (formerly Minsk State Pedagogical Institute) in Belarus’ with a Bachelor’s degree in English and taught English as a Second Language to secondary school students of all ages in Latvia. Later on, I received both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia, where my research interests concerned Russian poetry, namely, Marina Tsvetaeva.

In 2000, I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CWRU.  The courses I have taught include beginning, intermediate and advanced Russian, Russian for Heritage Speakers, Dostoevsky (in translation), Survey of the 19th century Russian literature (in translation) and culture courses in Russian.

My great aspiration is to ignite student interest in Russian culture and help them become life-long learners.


Each year, the instructor appoints one student to be a Russian tutor. The student-tutor must have excellent knowledge of the learning materials.

Students who need help with homework, or missed classes and need to catch up, should make appointments on

Russian Conversation

Additional opportunities to practice speaking Russian are offered during the Conversation Hour. Please consult the instructor for more information.