Rodnaya rech' with website PB (Lingco)

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ISBN: 9781647122195 ()

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August 2021

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Rodnaya rech' with website PB (Lingco)
An Introductory Course for Heritage Learners of Russian
Irina Dubinina and Olesya Kisselev

Rodnaya rech' with website, 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. The accompanying companion website-included with the book-offers fully integrated exercises to use alongside the text.

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.

For Instructors: Separate print Teacher's Editions of Rodnaya rech' are no longer available. Instead, instructors should submit exam and desk copy requests using ISBN 978-1-64712-219-5.


Irina Y. Dubinina is associate professor of Russian at Brandeis University, where she also directs the Russian language program. She has extensive experience teaching Russian as a second and heritage language.

Olesya Kisselev is an assistant professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has many years of experience teaching Russian as a second and heritage language.


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"Dubinina and Kisselev 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, professor, Department of Linguistics and Language Science Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Table of Contents

Introduction
Phonetics
Syllables
Vowels
Consonants: Hard-soft pairs
The hard sign and the soft sign
Voiced and voiceless consonants
Word stress: Stressed and unstressed vowels
Morphology: The composition of a word
Morphological principle of spelling
Writing unstressed vowels
Grammar: Parts of speech
Adverbs
Nouns
Summary

Chapter 1: How to describe people
In focus: Word meaning

In focus: Form and structure
Parts of speech: Adjectives and adverbs
Noun-adjective agreement
Adjectival endings
Superlative degree of adjectives
Summary

Chapter 2: How to talk about daily routine
Central focus: The meaning of words
Central focus: The form of words

Verbs
The Infinitive
Reflexive verbs
Verb tense
Tricky verbs
Irregular verbs
Summary

Chapter 3: How to describe past, present, and future events
Central focus: The meaning of words
Central focus: The form of words
Verbal aspect

Imperfective and perfective forms of verbs
Functions of verbal aspect
Verbal aspect and tense
Tricky aspectual pairs
Summary

Chapter 4: How to talk about family and friendsM
Central focus: The meaning of words

Central focus: The form of words
Grammatical case
Genitive case of nouns
Adjectives and possessive pronouns in the genitive case
Personal pronouns in the genitive case
Functions of the genitive case
Insufficient amount of something, lack of something or absence of something or somebody
Summary

Chapter 5: How to describe a community where I live
Central focus: The meaning of words

Central focus: The form of words
Plural nouns in the genitive case
Plural adjectives in the genitive case
Important details on the form of the plural genitive
The fill vowel
Exceptions
Additional function of the genitive case: counting
Summary

Chapter 6: How to talk about academic studies
Central focus: The meaning of words

Central focus: The form of words
Accusative of nouns and adjectives: Singular
Personal pronouns in the accusative case
Functions of the accusative case
Accusative of nouns and adjectives: Plural
Summary

Chapter 7: How to talk about trips and travel

Central focus: The meaning of words
Verbs of motion
Central focus: The form of words
Conjugation of verbs of motion
Direction/destination and directionality
Review of the accusative singular
Verbs of positioning, self-positioning and location
Review of the accusative plural
Summary

Chapter 8: How to talk about feelings and emotions
Central focus: The meaning of words

Central focus: The form of words
Dative case of nouns
Singular adjectives and possessive pronouns in the dative case
Personal pronouns in the dative case
Describing emotional states
Plural nouns, adjectives and possessive pronouns in the dative case
Verbs requiring the dative case
Different endings—different meanings—different cases
Summary

Chapter 9: How to talk about where people live
Central focus: The meaning of words

Central focus: The form of words
Prepositional case of nouns
Functions of the prepositional case
Personal pronouns in the prepositional case
Adjectives and possessive pronouns in the prepositional case
Expressions of time in Russian
Summary

Chapter 10: How to talk about people’s interests
Central focus: The meaning of words

Central focus: The form of words
Instrumental case of nouns
Functions of the instrumental case
Adjectives and possessive pronouns in the instrumental case
Personal pronouns in the instrumental case
Verbs requiring the instrumental case
Summary

Chapter 11: Tying it all together
Categories of gender and number

Categories of case
Subject and object
Talking about places: Location, direction, point of departure
Spatial prepositions
Expressions of time
Temporal prepositions
Categories of verbal tense and aspect
Competition of aspect
Verb government of cases
Co-occurance of words
Parting words