I'm Aleksey Novikov, a Master's student in the Russian and Slavic Studies Department. I have applied for SLAT this year and now waiting for the admission results. I'm in my fifth semester in the Russian program, and now I'm working on my thesis, which deals with pedagogical implications of the Russian verbal aspect (spoken corpus vs textbooks). Prior to coming to Arizona, I taught ESL in Russia and China. My research interests lie in corpus-informed/driven pedagogy, frequency-based approach to SLA, materials development, and speech perception. I'm excited about new learning opportunities, exchange of ideas and networking.