Panorama with Website PB (Lingco)

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488 pp., 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 9781647121952 ()


ISBN: 9781647121952 ()

August 2021


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Panorama with Website PB (Lingco)
Intermediate Russian Language and Culture
Benjamin Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub, and Susanna Nazarova

Panorama with Website moves intermediate-level students of Russian toward advanced proficiency by engaging them in a systematic and comprehensive approach to Russian grammar with texts from a variety of genres, including proverbs and sayings to immerse students in Russian culture. The accompanying companion website-included with the book-offers fully integrated exercises to use alongside the text.

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.


• 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 exercises are drawn from the Russian National Corpus

• Readings include blogs, blog comments, articles, and interviews, exposing students to current Russian culture and language.

For Instructors: Separate print Teacher's Editions of Panorama are no longer available. Instead, instructors should submit exam and desk copy requests using ISBN 978-1-64712-195-2.

A free online Teachers Manual is also available and features supplementary activities and texts, including ideas for group activities, research projects, songs and video clips for each chapter, audio files of native speakers reading the literary classics from each chapter, and guidance to create a syllabus and exam, with a sample syllabus and sample chapter test. Available at the Publisher's website.

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