Russian in Use An Interactive Approach to Advanced Communicative Competence Sandra Freels Rosengrant

Publication date:
01 Jun 2006
Yale University Press
448 pages: 254 x 178 x 23mm

Russian in Use: An Interactive Approach to Communicative Competence is a four-skill language textbook intended for advanced students of Russian. The book focuses on high-frequency, nonliterary topics of general interest: geography, education, politics, ecology, and Russians’ perceptions of America. Each chapter contains preparatory vocabulary and user-friendly grammatical exercises supported by examples from contemporary popular literature. The lessons then provide practice using external resources; authentic reading texts; authentic, unscripted listening exercises (on a multi-media CD ROM, included with the text); and independent writing and speaking activities. The book emphasizes independent language production. Students examine topics from diverse perspectives and then are encouraged to develop and defend their own opinions in clear, colloquial standard Russian.
Russian in Use is accompanied by an instructor's manual, which contains keys to the exercises and transcripts of the listening passages.

Sandra Freels Rosengrant is chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures and professor of Russian at Portland State University.

"The book is very useful to instructors looking for suitable textbooks for advanced students that aim at developing communicative competence in speaking and writing. . . . it offers excellent opportunities and resources for fostering listening and reading skills as well. Russian in Use is a valuable contribution to the pool of advanced language textbooks with a communicative approach."—Susmita Sundaram, The NECTFL Review