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Booking a hotel room
Course presentation that includes dialogues related to booking a hotel room and asks students to explore a booking website to identify vocabulary.
In this interactive slideshow, learners are introduced to and practice the names of the colors. Several aspects of culture are incorporated as well (art by Kandinsky, Ukrainian Easter eggs).
Describing an apartment
In this interactive video, learners are introduced to vocabulary pertaining to an apartment such as the names of rooms and furniture. There is also a short discussion of differences in housing between the United States and Russia. Length: 6:48.
In this interactive video, learners are introduced to the concept of diminutives. Length: 3:14.
Forms of address: ты и вы
In this interactive video, learners are introduced to the difference between ты and вы (you informal and formal). Length: 3:52.
Generalizations – interactive video
In this interactive video, learners are introduced to generalizations (ты statements without ты) using proverbs. Length: 2:45.
Generalizations – video
This video introduces using ты expressions without ты for generalizations. Length: 2:44.
Greetings and names
In this interactive video, learners are introduced to the difference between formal and informal in greetings and in asking names. Length: 2:53.
In this video, learners get acquainted with vocabulary related to literature and some of the names of famous authors and their most famous works. Vocabulary is in Russian but explanations are in English. Length: 8:53.
Russian folk musical instruments
This is a short lesson that acquaints learners with the names of Russian folk musical instruments in both English and Russian. It has some videos so that they can hear what they sound like.
In this interactive video, learners find out how to recognize names and their nicknames and what gender a name is likely to be. Length: 19:01.
Silentium! Pronunciation practice
This activity is called a “Speak the words set”. It takes the poem by Фёдор Тютчев called Silentium! and breaks it down line by line and gives automatic feedback on what it thinks that learners said. It can be used to practice pronunciation. Note that this only works in the Chrome browser.
Song: Воскресенье – Земфира
In this video, learners are shown some lyrics and glosses with some blanks. They are asked to listen and fill in the blanks and can access the full text of the song at the end. Grammatical/lexical theme: days of the week. Length: 2:27.
Song: Едет на медведе – BBLOG
In this video, lyrics to the song and a translation are shown on the screen timed to the music. This is a parody of Putin with folk hero themes. Note: includes language that might not be appropriate for some ages. Length: 3:30.
Song: Кукушка – Кино
In this video, learners see lyrics with some glosses and blanks. They are asked to listen for words that go in the blanks and can see the full text of the song at the end. Possible grammatical theme: с + instrumental. Length: 6:41.
Song: Пачка сигарет – Кино
In this video, learners see the lyrics with some glosses and blanks. They are asked to listen to fill in the blanks. They can see the full text of the song at the end of the song. Length: 4:38.
Song: Привет! Как дела? – Enjoykin
In this video, learners listen to the song and see glosses for certain words. The lyrics are written in Russian on the video. The glosses are aimed at beginners. Length: 1:37.
Song: Сделан в СССР – Олег Газманов
This video of a song has captions that come up with the lyrics plus some blanks so that students can listen for words. The song includes a long list of regions of the USSR as well as leaders, cultural figures, and things that are associated with the Soviet Union. The full text is shown at the end of the song. This song may be a response to Bruce Springsteen. Length: 4:06.
Soviet store procedure
This video introduces students to the older method of buying things in stores (decide what you want at a department, pay at a kassa, collect your purchases at the department). Length: 5:39.
We novel covers
This is an image slider of various cover art for the novel We (“Мы” Замятина) in various languages. It was used in a literature class and students had to discuss which were or were not appropriate for the novel and explain why. To make it properly fit the screen, enter full-screen mode by clicking on the arrows at the top right.