The Art of Teaching Russian

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416 pp., 7 x 10
ISBN: 9781647120016 (1647120012)

416 pp., 7 x 10
ISBN: 9781647120023 (1647120020)

December 2020


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The Art of Teaching Russian
Evgeny Dengub, Irina Dubinina, and Jason Merrill, Editors
A comprehensive guide to Russian-language instruction combining the latest research, pedagogy, and practice.

The Art of Teaching Russian
offers practitioners current research, pedagogical thinking, and specific methodologies for teaching the Russian language and culture in the twenty-first century. With contributions from the leading professionals in the field, this collection covers the most important aspects of teaching the Russian language.

The book begins with an overview of the past and current trends in foreign language education and in Russian instruction in the United States. Other topics include the effects of ACTFL's World-Readiness Standards on the field; different pedagogical approaches to teaching at various levels of proficiency; curriculum and materials development; and teaching Russian culture to develop students' intercultural competence. The collection concludes with a discussion on how to use technology in the Russian-language classroom to enhance students' learning.

The Art of Teaching Russian includes practical approaches for successful teaching, supported by original research. Teachers and graduate students will rely upon this collection to enhance their instruction.
Evgeny Dengub is a senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is coauthor of Panorama: Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (Georgetown University Press, 2017).

Irina Dubinina is an associate professor of Russian at Brandeis University, where she directs the Russian-language program. She is coauthor of Rodnaya rech': An Introductory Course for Heritage Learners of Russian (Georgetown University Press, 2019).

Jason Merrill is a professor of Russian at Michigan State University and is the director of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. He is the coauthor of the textbooks Russian Folktales: A Reader for Students of Russian and Animation for Russian Conversation.
"The Art of Teaching Russian provides strong evidence of the growing research base and practitioner expertise ready to meet today's demands for the study of Russian."—Dan E. Davidson, emeritus professor of Russian, Bryn Mawr College; director, American Councils Research Center (ARC); president emeritus, American Councils for International Education

"This well-organized and coherent volume will undoubtedly push the field forward with its many and varied approaches to language teaching."—Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor and director of the English Language Center, Michigan State University

Table of Contents



Part I. The State of the Profession

1. Language Education in the United States: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Aline Germain-Rutherford

2. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Teaching and Learning Russian in the United States in the Post-Soviet Era

Cynthia L. Martin

3. Russian Programs in the Twenty-First Century University: Preparing for the Future

Angelika Kraemer, Jason Merrill, and David Prestel

4. Russian Language Readiness in Graduate Teaching Assistants: Implications for Teaching and Learning

Cori Anderson, Julia Mikhailova, and Anna Tumarkin

Part II. The Teaching of Russian and the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

5. Making the Standards the Standard: World-Readiness Standards and the Teaching of

Russian Language and Culture

Thomas J. Garza

6. The Goals of Collegiate Learners of Russian and the US Standards for Learning Languages

Dianna Murphy, Narek Sahakyan, and Sally Sieloff Magnan

Part III. Approaches to Teaching Russian

7. The Shifting Paradigm in Russian Language Programs from Communicative Language Teaching to Transformative Instructional Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Betty Lou Leaver and Christine Campbell

8. Reconceptualizing Grammar Instruction: Making It Meaningful and Communicative

William J. Comer

9. Intersections and Bridges: Content, Language, and Task in Advanced Russian

Lynne deBenedette

10. Oral History in the Russian Language Curriculum: A Transformative Learning Experience

Benjamin Jens, Colleen Lucey, and Benjamin Rifkin

11. Language and Cultural Learning through Song: Three Complementary Contexts

Karen Evans-Romaine, Stuart Goldberg, Susan Kresin, and Vicki Galloway

Part IV. Curriculum and Materials Development

12. Developing a Textbook: A Framework and Reflections

Olga E. Kagan and Anna S. Kudyma

13. Addressing the Representation of Diversity in Russian Language Textbooks

Rachel Stauffer

14. Corpus Linguistics and Russian Language Pedagogy

Olesya Kisselev and Edie Furniss

Part V. Teaching Culture

15. Developing Intercultural Competence in a Russian Language Class

Ekaterina Nemtchinova

16. The Literary Canon and Precedent Texts in Teaching Russian Language and Culture at the Intermediate Level

Tatiana Smorodinska

17. Extracurricular Activities: Challenges and Perspectives in Russian Language and Culture Programs

Alla Epsteyn and Maia Solovieva

Part VI. Teaching and Learning Russian with Technology

18. Mixing it Up with Blended Learning

Shannon Spasova and Kristen Welsh

19. Research-Based Internet Writing Projects in the Russian Curriculum

Cori Anderson and Irina Walsh

List of Contributors