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Russian Language Learning and Teaching

Russian language teaching and learning resources

About this LibGuide

This LibGuide features helpful resources for the teaching and learning of Russian as a foreign language. Though by no means exhaustive, the guide orients teachers and students to popular dictionaries and textbooks published in the United States and Russia, useful online learning tools (such as online language lessons and teaching materials), and resources that can help users to improve listening skills and learn more about Russian music and poetry. It also features some suggestions on where to study Russian, and other useful links, including language proficiency guides, professional organizations for teachers of Russian, and links to resources compiled by large language resource centers.

Graduate Assistant

In English

Mezhdu Nami (Между нами), the first fully-online introductory Russian textbook, was released publicly in the summer of 2015 and is rapidly gaining popularity. "Mezhdu Nami is a free, web-based textbook that provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture. It is organized around the experiences of four American students, each spending the academic year in a different Russian city. Their interactions with host families, roommates, fellow students and teachers create a universe of contextualized information that motivates the use of the target language in the classroom"

Overview of the Между нами textbook website

By Lynne deBenedette, William J. Comer, Alla Smyslova, & Jonathan Perkins, 2016.

Etazhi (Этажи)

Second Year Russian Language and Culture

"A highly communicative approach to Intermediate Russian grounded in everyday culture and authentic texts.
Etazhi uses the communicative approach to advance student's Russian proficiency from the Novice High / Intermediate Low level of the ACTFL scale to an Intermediate Mid / Intermediate High level. Designed for one academic year of instruction, Etazhi engages students with highly relevant topics to internalize new vocabulary, expand their grammatical reach, and deepen their cultural understanding of Russian speakers"

Evgeny Dengub and Susanna Nazarova, 2021.

Both in English and Russian

In Russian

Russian Language Textbook Publishers

The largest publishing houses in Russia specializing in Russian as a foreign language: