ConLab: The Tromsø-Moscow Constructicon Laboratorium

Principal investigator: Tore Nesset

Project title: ConLab: The Tromsø-Moscow Constructicon Laboratorium

Summary of the project:

A sustainable future in the High North crucially depends on stable and robust collaboration with Russia despite shifting geopolitical climates. In order to facilitate collaboration with its biggest neighbor, Norway needs strong competence in Russian language and internationally competitive Russian language programs. The goal of ConLab – The Tromsø-Moscow Constructicon Laboratorium – is to contribute to a sustainable future through a strategic partnership with world-leading experts in Moscow. ConLab yields two outcomes. We galvanize the strategic partnership between UiT The Arctic University of Norway and HSE University (Moscow), and ConLab enhances the quality of UiT’s Russian language program. ConLab is linked to and supports two projects funded through DIKU (CPRU-2017/10027, NCMRU-2016/10025) by further developing and implementing our digital resources for pedagogical purposes.

While focusing on Russia, ConLab promotes Norway’s “PANORAMA strategy” in a broader sense, insofar as ConLab includes researchers from other relevant countries: Japan, Brazil, and the USA.

The main activities in ConLab are organized in five work packages (WPs): WP1: “ConLabClass – Constructicon from Research to Classroom” develops writing exercises based on our new digital resource the “Russian Constructicon”. WP2 “Come and Go with Constructions” includes student mobility from Moscow to Tromsø and vice versa. WP3 and WP4 are co-supervised PhD projects that will take UiT’s cooperation with HSE University to a new level. WP5 “Post-Pandemic joint PhD/MA course” is a hybrid PhD course that combines physical and digital pedagogical strategies.

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Project duration: 08/2021  07/2025

Collaborators (listed alphabetically):

  • Elena Bjørgve (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Anna Endresen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Laura A. Janda (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Olga Lyashevskaya (Higher School of Economics in Moscow)
  • Tore Nesset (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Ekaterina Rakhilina (Higher School of Economics in Moscow)
  • Svetlana Sokolova (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)


This project is funded by the UTFORSK 2020 grant received from the Direktoratet for høyere utdanning og kompetanse (Diku: SIU/DIKU/HK-DIR project (UTF-2020/10129)

Key publications:

  • “Construxercise!: implementation of a construction-based approach to language pedagogy.” Forthcoming in the Special Issue of the Russian Language Journal (Vol. 72)
  • Flipping the classroom? From text to video in teaching Russian grammar.Forthcoming in the Special Issue of the Russian Language Journal (Vol. 72)
  • Empirically determined strategic input and gamification in mastering Russian word forms.” Forthcoming in the Special Issue of the Russian Language Journal (Vol. 72)
  • The participatory approach and student-active learning in language teaching: language students as journalists and filmmakers.” Forthcoming in the Special Issue of the Russian Language Journal (Vol. 72)

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