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Pavlenko, A., & Driagina, V. (2008). Advancing in Russian through narration. University Park, PA: CALPER Publications.
The focus of Advancing in Russian through Narration is on two important components of advanced foreign language proficiency, narrative and conceptual proficiency.
Narrative proficiency refers here to the ability to tell narratives that are similar to those of native speakers of Russian. Conceptual proficiency refers to the ability of making the same conceptual distinctions as native speakers of Russian do.
Our discussion singles out five areas of Russian language knowledge central to acquisition of narrative and conceptual proficiency. Two of these areas, namely the use of tense and aspect and the use of verbs of motion, are well-known in the field of Russian instruction as areas of particular difficulty for English-speaking students.The other three areas, namely narrative structure, emotion vocabulary, and identity vocabulary, have not been much discussed in the literature on teaching Russian, to the best of our knowledge. Thus, the first contribution of this book to the literature on teaching advanced Russian is in drawing attention to areas of difficulty ignored previously. The second contribution is in drawing attention to narrative and conceptual proficiency as important components of advanced level proficiency.
Narratives in the Russian Classroom
Verbs of Motion
Tense and Aspect in Narratives
Identity Terms in Narratives
Appendix: The Research Study