Advanced Russian through Film and Media
Alyssa DeBlasio and Izolda Savenkova
An advanced, student-centered textbook that uses popular media to explore diverse perspectives from across Russian-speaking cultures
Pro-dvizhenie is a student-centered, inquiry-based textbook designed to build Advanced-level Russian proficiency through engagement with timely topics that encourage reflection and examination. Whether exploring the role of technology in relationships, learning about indigenous communities of Russia, or reflecting on what it means to live well, Pro-dvizhenie uses popular Russian film, TV, and media as a springboard for various types of activities, including skill-building exercises, essay writing, and group projects. Students are encouraged to challenge assumptions and make intercultural connections throughout while developing ACTFL Advanced-level skills such as argumentation, narration, and collaboration.
Students benefit from extensive activities and resources, including audio and video of diverse voices and viewpoints from across Russia, available to stream on the Press website. A full-service textbook for instructors, Pro-dvizhenie includes extensive online instructors’ resources, such as additional grammar and vocabulary assignments, writing and group project prompts, grading rubrics, and answer keys. A modular structure and activities at various levels of difficulty give instructors the flexibility to select material in the book based on their class’s needs, making Pro-dvizhenie perfectly suited for mixed-level classrooms. The textbook can be used over one semester or over the course of a full year.
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"Pro-dvizhenie: Advanced Russian through Film and Media is an exciting contribution to Advanced-level Russian-language materials. Every page reflects the vast diversity of Russian life and culture and is designed for all of our students. Pro-dvizhenie is a major step forward in Russian-language pedagogy and sets the bar higher for future textbooks."—Jason Merrill, professor of Russian, Michigan State University and director, Middlebury College, Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian
"Pro-dvizhenie is an engaging textbook that not only helps students advance in their proficiency range but also deepens their understanding of the Russophone world and humanistic values and ideas in general. It is the textbook that the field has long been waiting for and will be an extremely valuable addition to the 3rd- and 4th-year Russian language curricula across the country."—Slavic and East European Journal
Alyssa Deblasio, PhD, is the John B. Parsons Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and an associate professor of Russian at Dickinson College. She is the author of two monographs, The End of Russian Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and The Filmmaker’s Philosopher: Merab Mamardashvili and Russian Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).
Iza Savenkova is a lecturer in Russian in the Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University. She is also a regular summer faculty member at the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. Since 2022, she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).
168 pp., 7 x 10
168 pp., 7 x 10