Rationale and Research Basis for Teaching Materials on Narrative and Conceptual Proficiency in Advanced-Level Russian

Rationale and Research Basis for Teaching Materials on Narrative and Conceptual Proficiency in Advanced-Level Russian - Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University
Author(s): 
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University
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PDF
Year: 
2006
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15 Pages

The goal of the Russian project at CALPER was to create a set of instructional materials to foster advanced proficiency in speaking Russian. To create such materials, we first had to answer the following questions:
- How is advanced language proficiency in speaking currently defined in the field of Russian language teaching in the US?
- What is the place of speaking in advanced-level curricula?
- What opportunities for practicing advanced-level speaking skills are offered in Russian textbooks?
- How do advanced American learners of Russian perform on advanced-level speaking tasks when compared to native speakers of Russian?