Richard Robin is a leading figure in the acquisition of Russian as a foreign language, recognized by the professions flagship organization, the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and European Languages (AATSEEL): Best college-level pedagogical materials; Best college instructor. GW has also recognized Professor Robin with the CCAS Kenny Teaching Award and the Bender Prize for Teaching with technology.
Professor Robin is the lead author of the world's best-selling textbook (college and high school) for Russian, Golosa, now in its 24th year (fifth edition) of publication. He is a coauthor of two other groundbreaking textbooks, Political Russian and Russian for Russians, as well as the first Kindle-based third-year textbook, CIBER Business Russian.
In second-language research, Professor Robin is best known for his work on technology: listening comprehension and autonomous learning, and for research into the interrelation between learners' narrations, narratives, use of verbal aspect, and proficiency level.
In recent years, Professor Robin has concentrated on exploring ways to make the Google search engine and translator into a useful pedagogical tool.