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484 pp., 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 9781626164178 (1626164177)

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July 2017
LC: 2016027532


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Intermediate Russian Language and Culture
Student's Edition
Benjamin Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub, and Susanna Nazarova
Panorama moves intermediate-level students of Russian toward advanced proficiency by engaging them in a systematic and comprehensive approach to Russian grammar and engaging them with texts from a variety of genres, including proverbs and sayings, to immerse students in Russian culture. 

By reading and listening to Russian literary classics and contemporary nonfiction texts, students develop a contextual understanding of Russian culture and forms of expression that grow their command of vocabulary, grammar, and complex syntax. The textbook includes comprehensive in-class vocabulary and grammar exercises and discussion topics as well as reading texts (for work in class and at home), summative oral and written exercises, and compelling color photos.

Features of Panorama textbook program:
• Content can be used in one semester/two terms or for a full year
• Modular structure allows instructors flexibility to assign chapters in their own sequence
• Authentic photojournalist photos to prompt discussion exercises for each chapter topic
• Summative exercises for each chapter test student mastery of the grammar topics, vocabulary, and cultural competence related to the chapter theme in a written essay format
• Most grammar examples and many exercises are drawn from the Russian National Corpus
• Readings include blogs, blog comments, articles, interviews, exposing students to current Russian culture and language 
• Free Instructor's Manual available for download at

Electronic Workbook for Panorama (Sold Separately on
The Electronic Workbook (a companion website) includes the homework exercises to practice vocabulary, grammar, listening, and speaking.  It capitalizes on new technology to enrich the experience of students and teachers and improve learning outcomes. 

Following the sequence of the textbook, the website gives students their homework on a convenient and easy-to-use website. Automatically graded and teacher-graded exercises give students feedback on understanding the points of grammar discussed in the text, as well as on practicing vocabulary and sentence structure. 

Instructors can connect their students into one online class and track each student's progress through the Instructor's Workstation, allowing instructors to tailor in-class time to address knowledge gaps. 

Features of the Panorama Electronic Workbook: 
• Consists of almost 330 homework exercises
• Includes vocabulary and grammar exercises 
• Offers 1-2 listening exercises per chapter (many from Ekho Moskvy), 1-2 proverbs exercises per chapter, and a record yourself exercise 
• Includes automatically graded and teacher-graded exercises, including fill-ins, drop-downs, and sentence writing 

Teacher Access to the Electronic Workbook (Free): 
• Go to and click Bookstore. 
• Search for Panorama
• Select "Instructor Trials and Adoptions." 
• Select either "I am ready to adopt this book" or "I would like an instructor trial before I make my decision," and then fill out the form. 
• Get access and explore! 

Two Ways Students Can Purchase Access to the Electronic Workbook: 
• Save by purchasing the Electronic Workbook as part of a bundle that includes a textbook and website access. (
• Purchase immediate access to the Electronic Workbook at with your credit card. You will need to purchase the textbook separately.

Visit to see chapter 6 of the Electronic Workbook.
Benjamin Rifkin is Dean of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Evgeny Dengub is a lecturer in Russian and a codirector of the Three College Russian Initiative at Smith College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Mount Holyoke College.

Susanna Nazarova is a lecturer in Russian and a codirector of the Three College Russian Initiative at Smith College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Mount Holyoke College.
"Language programs will find that the organization and resources of Panorama facilitate classroom instruction that is innovative and uniform, assuming a qualified instructor. From the viewpoint of adjunct faculty or part-time instructors, having instruction so well planned and instructional resources so readily available eases their task so that time and energy can be spent in the classroom and not split between planning and instruction. . . . [the author's] substantial work is a gift to our language teaching field."—American Council of Teachers of Russian Newsletter

"Panorama is worth your consideration for its well-selected texts and superbly organized grammar coverage."—Slavic and East European Journal

"Panorama addresses the critical intermediate level of language instruction, when students often choose to continue study, or not. The authors skillfully combine a strong proficiency orientation with the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards, creating engaging materials that are both content-based and student-centered. Such an approach effectively moves students toward advanced competence in Russian."—Tom Garza, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, University of Texas-Austin

"Panorama provides instructors and students of Russian with many strengths: unit modularity, allowing instructors flexibility in schedule and approach; a logical structure within each unit; clear, comprehensible explanations of grammar and structure; compelling reading and listening texts, most of which are from contemporary sources, including Ekho Moskvy and social media; relevant vocabulary, with reference to the Russian National Corpus, and excellent support for vocabulary acquisition and retention; activities that reflect a strong command of scholarship on foreign language pedagogy; and topics that are bound to inspire discussion."—Karen Evans-Romaine, University of Wisconsin-Madison