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EAC offering Russian this fall

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EAC offering Russian this fall

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Communicative Arts Division is pleased to once again offer Beginning Conversational Russian (RUS011, section #1994) and Elementary Russian (RUS101, section #0614).

This year, Maya Martinez, native Russian speaker and graduate of Government Economic University in Kostanai, Russia, will teach the classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning August 23, 2016, in the Academic Programs Building Room #109.

RUS011 (section #1994), a two-credit class, will be held from 9-9:50 a.m., and RUS101 (section #0709), a four-credit class, will be held from 9-10:50 a.m.

The topics range from weather, clothes, sports, health, directions, geography of Russia, and more. Martinez says, “There can’t be a good education without knowledge of foreign languages. It’s the way for different countries to know and understand each other better.”

Martinez was born, raised, and educated in Russia in the former Soviet Union. She came to the Gila Valley for a visit in 2005 and met her future husband, Anthony Martinez, who was here working for Freeport McMoRan. “We were ‘pen-pals’ for a while after I went home to Russia,” she explained.

“After two years, he came to Russia for a visit and proposed!”

The couple have made their home in Thatcher and have two children, Sophie (8) and Marco (6).

“I am so excited for this opportunity to teach at EAC,” she said. “I love EAC and the students are lots of fun and very supportive of each other. Anyone who is interested in learning Russian can learn Russian! Come take the class!” she concluded.

To register for this class, call EAC’s Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270, or visit Gila Hank Online at Students age 55 and over qualify for EAC’s Senior Citizen Tuition Scholarship which covers the full cost of in-state tuition.