CALPER Webinar: “Decentering Grades – Centering Learning: Ungrading  in Language Classes ”

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
CALPER Webinar: “Decentering Grades – Centering Learning: Ungrading  in Language Classes ”

Evgeny Dengub, University of Southern California Dornsife

This is the first session of 2024 CALPER Professional Development Webinar Series: Advances in World Language Pedagogy.


In his talk, Evgeny will introduce the ungrading philosophy, aimed at rehumanizing language education by shifting focus from traditional grading to student-centric learning. He’ll share ungraded practices from his language classes, exploring their wider implications in educational programs. Participants will engage in self-reflection on their grading methods, gain insights into the implementation of ungrading, and learn strategies to adapt their syllabi to this approach.  


Evgeny Dengub is a teaching professor at the University of Southern California, where he is also the director of the Russian language program and the director of the Center for Languages and Cultures. In addition, he holds the position of associate director at the Middlebury College Russian Language Summer School. Dengub has received multiple awards and honors throughout his career. He is a two-time winner of the Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy Prize from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) for his Russian language textbooks Etazhi and Panorama. He also earned the 2019–2020 Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize Honorable Mention from the Modern Language Association (MLA) for his co-editorial contributions to The Art of Teaching Russian.  

Evgeny is a co-organizer for the online conference “Grading Less – Learning More,” targeting educators in world languages and literatures, scheduled for January 2024. 

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