Panorama with Website EB (Lingco)

Intermediate Russian Language and Culture

Benjamin Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub, and Susanna Nazarova

"Panorama is worth your consideration for its well-selected texts and superbly organized grammar coverage."
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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: Instructors may request access to the Digital Exam copy by logging onto VitalSource, selecting "Faculty Sampling," and searching for the book.

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.

Table of Contents



("Study" Verbs)

1: ?

: (The Foundations of Russian Grammar)

Agreement ()

Parts of Speech and Dictionary Forms

Hard and Soft Endings

The Case System

The Russian Verb

The Spelling Rules

(Time Expressions)




: (The Conjugation of the Russian Verb)

Introduction to the One- Stem System Verb Stems


Second Conjugation Stem Types

-Stem Verbs

-Stem Verbs

-Stem Verbs

Utterly Irregular Second Conjugation Verbs

First Conjugation Stem Types

Suffixed Stems: First Conjugation

Zero- Suffix (Ø) First Conjugation Stems

Other Stem Types for First Conjugation Verbs

Irregular Verbs

(Stress Patterns in the Russian Verb)

The Interrogative Particle

Conditional Constructions and Subjunctive Mood in Russian

Using "Would" in a Russian Context

The Reflexive Particle -

2: : — ?

3: . . .



1: — ?

: (Aspect of the Russian Verb)

Aspect and Adverbs

Verbs of Beginning, Continuing, and Ending (Finishing) Aspect in the Present Tense

Aspect in the Future Tense

Aspect in the Past Tense

Aspect in the Negated Past Tense

Aspect in the Infinitive

2: -

3: . .



1: —

: (The Imperative)

First- Person Imperative

Third- Person Imperative

Second- Person Imperative

Second Conjugation Verbs

First Conjugation Verbs

Aspect in the Second- Person Imperative Irregular Imperative and Verbs with No Imperative

The Imperative in Reported Speech

Indirect Speech

Common Phrases with the Imperative

2: ?

3: . . .




: (Nominative Case)

Singular Endings

Plural Endings

Exceptions to the Rules for Creating Nominative Plural Nouns

Cardinal Numbers (Nouns) and Ordinal Numbers (Adjectives) One Another/Each Other

Possessive Pronouns

Possessive Modifiers Formed from Names and Relationships The Emphatic Pronoun

The Special Modifiers: , , ,

Subordination in Russian: , , and






: (Prepositional Case)

Regular Prepositional Case Endings

Exceptions in the Prepositional Case

Choosing between and Subordination in the Prepositional Case

Numbers and the Prepositional Case






: (Genitive Case)

Genitive Case Endings

The Genitive Plural of Nouns

Subordinate Clauses with the Genitive Case Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers in the Genitive Case

2: !

3: , . . .




: (Accusative Case)

Accusative Case Endings

Personal Pronouns and the Emphatic Pronoun in the Accusative Case

Subordinate Clauses with the Accusative Case

"The Wrong One" and "The Same"

Treatment of Last Names

Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers in the Accusative Case

2: ?





: (Dative Case)

Dative Case Endings

Personal Pronouns and the Emphatic Pronoun in the Dative Case Subordinate Clauses with the Dative Case

Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers in the Dative Case

2: : — , — !

3: . . ()




: (Instrumental Case)

Instrumental Case and the Times of Day

Instrumental Case and Verbs

Instrumental Case with Adjectives and Prepositions

"So-and-so and I"

Instrumental Case and Verbal Collocations

Idiomatic Phrases

Case Endings in the Instrumental Case Instrumental Case and Connecting Phrases

Subordination and Instrumental Case

Numbers in the Instrumental Case


3: , . . .




: , , (Adverbial and Pronominal Expressions, Particles, and Concessive Constructions)

Adverbial and Pronominal Expressions

Indefinite Particles

Concessive Constructions





1: ?

: (Adjectives and Adverbs)

(Short- Form Adjectives)

Formation of Short- Form Adjectives

Short- Form Adjectives in Set Expressions

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs

Comparative Adjectives

Special Comparative Constructions

Superlative Adjectives





1: / ?

: (Participles)

(Present Passive Participles)

(Formation of Present Passive Participles)

(Past Passive Participles)

(Formation of Past Passive Participles

(Present Active Participles)

(Formation of Present Active Participles)

(Past Active Participles)

(Formation of Past Active Participles)






: (Verbal Adverbs)

Use of Verbal Adverbs

Formation of Verbal Adverbs

Formation of Imperfective Verbal Adverbs

Formation of Perfective Verbal Adverbs

Verbal Adverbs for Verbs with Infinitives Ending in -

Exceptions in the Formation of Verbal Adverbs

Verbal Adverbs in Set Expressions

Verbal Adverbs as Prepositions and Adverbs

Verbal Adverbs Used Commonly in Speech

2: — 3:



1: : , !

: (Unprefixed Verbs of Motion)

(Multidirectional Verbs of Motion)

(Conjugation and Usage of Multidirectional Verbs of Motion)

: ? (Choosing the Appropriate Verb of Motion: On Foot or by Vehicle?)

(Unidirectional Verbs of Motion)

(Perfective Verbs of Motion without Spatial Prefixes)

(Summary of Usage of Verbs of Motion without Spatial Prefixes)

(Idiomatic Expressions with Verbs of Motion without Spatial Prefixes)

()- - (Verbs of Motion with Temporal Prefixes ()- and -)






: (Prefixed Verbs of Motion)

(Spatial Prefixes Used with Verbs of Motion)

(Imperfective Verbs of Motion with Spatial Prefixes)

(Formation of Imperfective Verbs of Motion with Spatial Prefixes)

(Formation of Perfective Verbs of Motion with Spatial Prefixes)

(Idiomatic Uses of Verbs of Motion with Spatial Prefixes)



Appendix A: Inventory of Most Common Verb Stems

Appendix B: Declension Tables

Index of Grammar Terms



"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


Supplemental Materials


About the Author

Benjamin Rifkin is dean of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Evgeny Dengub is a teaching professor of Russian and director of the Russian Basic Language Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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.

488 pp., 8.5 x 11

Aug 2021

488 pp., 8.5 x 11

Aug 2021

488 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-64712-198-3
Aug 2021

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