New CALPER Publication for Teachers of
Professional Development and Research
Advancing in Russian Through Narration by Aneta Pavlenko, Temple
University and Viktoria Driagina, The Pennsylvania State University, now
University of Georgia
The focus of Advancing in Russian through Narration is on two important components of advanced foreign language proficiency that of
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.
The discussion in this publication singles out five areas of Russian language knowledge
central to the 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.
110 pages (8.5 x 11)
The book is published on a CD as a PDF file in book format.
About the Authors:
Aneta Pavlenko is Professor at the College of Education, Temple University. Viktoria Driagina Hasko is Assistant Professor in Language and Literacy
Education at the University of Georgia. Aneta Pavlenko directed the
Russian project and Viktoria Hasko was a research assistant in the
project while at Penn State.
Advancing in Russian Through Narration