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Dr Marika Kalyuga is currently teaching Russian language and culture in European Languages and Cultures at Macquarie University. Dr Kalyuga has considerable experience in lecturing in Russian as a foreign language, Russian linguistics, Russian literature and culture at the tertiary level. Since 1979 she has taught Russian at the Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow State University, the Moscow Centre of Intensive Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales. She has designed a number of teaching programmes, textbooks and instructional packages. Her research interests are in cognitive linguistics, cognitive pragmatics, cognitive psychology, foreign language pedagogy, foreign language teacher education, and second language acquisition.

Dr Kalyuga graduated from Moscow State Lomonosov University and holds a PhD in linguistics.

Research interests

Cognitive linguistics, teaching Russian as a foreign language, Russian culture and Russian history.


Currently Convening and/or Teaching

Russian Studies 1

Russian Studies 2

Russian Studies 3

Russian Studies 4

Russian Studies 5

Russian Studies 6

Language in Use

Critique in Language, Literature and Culture


Courses Taught

Introductory Russian I

Introductory Russian II

Intermediate Russian I

Intermediate Russian II

Advanced Russian I

Advanced Russian II

Advanced Russian III

Advanced Russian IV

The Russian Research Project/ Unity and Diversity: International Studies Research Option


Courses Convened

Russian Society and Culture

Women in Russian Culture

Russian Cinema

Russia: Myth and Facts

Communication in Russian

Research engagement

2007 Research Development Grant

2003 Macquarie University New Staff Grant

Teaching and Leadership

External grants

2018 Anatoly Konovets Memorial Grant

1995 NSW Community Languages Grant


Internal grants

2013 Innovation and Scholarship Program

2012 Teaching Delivery Grant

2011 Competitive Grant

2011 Departmental Teaching Index Fund

2010 Departmental Teaching Index Findings

Research student supervision

Vũ Tùng "Conceptual metaphors in the U.S. online newspapers at the time of the United States 2020 presidential election" (PhD, continuing) 

Joumana Naja “Culturally Conceptualised Conceptual Metaphors of Fear: Australian English Compared to Modern Standard Arabic” (PhD, continuing) 

Dragana Stosic “A genre-based investigation of Introduction and Method sections of research articles in clinical psychology: A systemic-functional perspective” (PhD, completed 2021, awarded the Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence) 

Sofya Yunusova “Literature in Second-Language Education: a Cognitive-Affective Approach to the Use of Literary Narrative in an Intermediate Russian Language Classroom” (PhD, completed 2021, awarded the Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence) 

Tobias Hansson “The Role of Politics of Identity in the Donbass Conflict in Eastern Ukraine, and Declining Relations Between Russia and its European Neighbours” (MRes, completed 2020) 

Armen Karamanian “Returning to Ararat and home at last: western Armenian diasporan discourse on return to ‘eastern’ Armenia” (PhD, completed 2019) 

Michael Nazarov “Exploring the feminist wave of higher education in nineteenth century Russia” (MRes, completed 2018) 

Dragana Stosic “A functional approach to teaching English tenses to speakers of other languages : the case of teaching English to adults in Serbia” (MRes, completed 2017) 

Joumana Naja “Which genre? Which patterns? : Communicating thought and self through the labyrinth of the historical literary text type of War and peace” (MRes, completed 2017) 

Armen Karamanian “Ethnic identity and heritage language for Sydney’s Armenian adolescents” (MRes, completed 2015) 

Mark Riegel-Huth “Soviet Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan socio-economic developments during the communist period” (MRes, completed 2010) 

Lious Bisin (Honours, completed 2010) 

Rebecca Forbes (Honours, completed 2010) 

Adrian Foley (Honours, completed 2010) 

Research engagement

Visiting Scholar, The University for the Humanities (Russia)

Jul 2014

Visiting Scholar, The Moscow State University (Russia)

Jun 2014

Visiting Scholar, The University of Tsukuba (Japan)

Sep 2010

Host Supervisor for the Endeavour Award Holder

Jul 2010→Dec 2010.



Visiting Scholar, The Edinburgh University (Edinburgh University)

Aug 2007

Visiting Scholar, The Moscow State University (Russia)

Jun 2007


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