Nachalo: When in Russia: Book 1: Annotated Instructor's Edition

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Nachalo: When in Russia... is a 2 volume text for beginning Russian courses. Written by a respected team of Russian scholars and linguists, Nachalo: When in Russia... presents grammar functionally and teaches students the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within the context of a wealth of cultural information. The abundant practice material in Nachalo ranges from focused and controlled to open-ended and communicative. Nachalo: When in Russia... features an on-going story set in Russia with a cast of Russian and American characters, exposing students to new vocabulary and structures in authentic situations. Most exciting of all, Nachalo: When in Russia... includes the most extensive package of support materials for any beginning Russian text on the market, including a video tied specifically to the text, shot on location in Moscow.

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Nachalo: When in Russia... is a 2 volume text, designed to correspond to the typical grammar syllabus covered in the first 2 years of beginning Russian.

In Nachalo: When in Russia..., grammar is treated functionally and grows directly from the story line. In this way, the text always presents grammar in context and focuses on how grammar in used and what it does, rather than on learning grammar for grammar's sake, In addition, Nachalo does an unusually good job of spiraling the grammar throughout the text to ensure that students retain what they have learned.

The enjoyable story line in Nachalo involves the lives of an American student, Jim, who is studying in Russia, and his Russian friends. The story is presented in the form of dialogues or readings in each chapter and exposes students to an abundance of authentic language in a cultural setting that is unmatched in other Russia textbooks. In addition, the story line provides interesting characters and topics that students will want to talk about in class.

The Video to accompany Nachalo, shot on location in Moscow with professional Russian actors, is unique to beginning Russian books. At least one episode per chapter of the story line is on the video, giving students the opportunity to see and hear a significant portion of the story line. In addition, short of taking them there, video offers students the best way to see and to get a vivid sense of what Russia is like today.

The practice material in Nachalo ranges from mechanical to interactive. The progression of exercises from controlled and focused (convergent) to communicative and open-ended (divergent) allows students to practice Russian grammar in such traditional formats as fill-in-the-blanks, completions, and translations, as well as in more communicative settings like small group and partner-pair work.

This text has the most complete support package of any beginning Russian text currently available including: an Annotated Teacher's Edition, a combined Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, Student Audiocassette Tapes, a complete Language Lab Audiotape Program, the text-specific Video, and more.

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