Rodnaya rech'

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304 pp., 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 9781626166394 (1626166390)

February 2019



Rodnaya rech'
An Introductory Course for Heritage Learners of Russian
Irina Dubinina and Olesya Kisselev
Rodnaya rech', an introductory textbook for heritage learners, addresses the unique needs of students who have at least Intermediate-level listening and speaking skills on the ACTFL scale but who have underdeveloped or nonexistent literacy skills. With an emphasis on conceptual understanding of vocabulary and grammar, Rodnaya rech' builds students' literacy skills and teaches them to strategically use the linguistic intuition they have gained as heritage speakers while strengthening all four skill areas.

With a textbook designed for in-class work and an electronic workbook containing all homework activities and texts for reading comprehension, Rodnaya rech' can be used as the main course material either in an intensive one-semester class or at a more measured pace over two semesters. This book is flexible enough to be used in specialized heritage or in mixed classes. It can also support independent study and learning in less formal settings, such as community schools.
Irina Y. Dubinina is associate professor of Russian at Brandeis University, where she also directs the Russian language program.

Olesya Kisselev is an assistant professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at University of Texas at San Antonio. She was a Russian language instructor at Portland State University from 2009 to 2013.
"Until very recently, bilingual (heritage) speakers were invisible in language classrooms; language teachers were not sure what to do with them and tried to avoid or ignore them. This textbook offers a fresh approach to teaching these speakers. Building on their strengths in listening and speaking, it provides a unique framework for language instruction for bilinguals, with two separate but complementary goals in mind: learning to use the language in the real world on a day-to-day basis and appreciating the complex structure that underlies it.

Dubinina and Kiselev are at the top of their game: applying modern, innovative teaching methods, bringing to the fore the rich culture behind modern spoken Russian, and engaging their students in a sophisticated dialogue. This textbook will be a gold standard for future textbooks designed for heritage speakers of different languages."—Maria Polinsky, Department of Linguistics and Language Science Center, University of Maryland, College Park