Cinema for Russian Conversation, Volume 2

Cinema for Russian Conversation, Volume 2

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Cinema for Russian Conversation covers fourteen Russian language films in two volumes that are used as the basis for discussion and language acquisition, teaching vocabulary, strengthening oral and written skills, and as well as an introduction to Russian culture. The films (arranged in historical order) are selected to provide interesting viewing, key cultural information, and accessible language levels. Each chapter of the book is devoted to a single movie and includes aids for students watching the film, discussing and writing about the film, and understanding the film in a broader cultural context. Also included: vocabulary helpful to understanding and discussing the film; structured exercises in understanding the film once it has been viewed, especially for discussion in class; an accompanying reading for each film designed to provide perspective on the film more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 210.8 x 269.2 x 12.7mm | 408.24g
  • Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
  • USA, United States
  • Russian
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 1585101192
  • 9781585101191
  • 1,582,757

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This is the second in a two-volume series of books designed to facilitate discussion in Russian of Russian language films. Each chapter concentrates on one film and includes assignments for students ranging from Intermediate to Advanced Plus proficiency according to the ACTFL guidelines. The book has a modular structure that allows instructors to select the films according to the students' interests and goals of the class. The book can be used on its own as a textbook or as supplemental material for classes at various levels. While the book's main purpose is the development of students' conversational skills, each chapter includes texts for reading comprehension and exercises that focus on the acquisition of written skills and grammatical accuracy.Olga Kagan is coordinator of the undergraduate Russian Program at UCLA. She is the author and co-author of numerous successful Russian textbooks, including the Focus Publishing edition of Lidiya Chukhovskaya's Sofia Petrovna.Mara Kashper teaches Russian at Columbia University and is the co-author of Focus Publishing's Lidiya Chukhovskaya's Sofia Petrovna and Reading and Speaking about Russian Newspapers.Yuliya Morozova is a graduate student of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. Films in this volumeA Cruel RomanceAdam's RibPrisoner of the MountainsThe ThiefPrincess on the BeansThe Kazan OrphanEast/West"Cinema for Russian Conversation, " Volume 1, also available from Focus Publishing, includes the films: CircusCinderellaThe Cranes are FlyingIvan Vasiljevich Changes ProfessionIrony of FateMoscow Does Not Believe in TearsAutumn Marathonshow more

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Cinema for Russian Conversation by Mara Kashper, Olga Kagan, and Yuliya Morozova, is a brilliant conversation book for intermediate and advanced Russian language courses. Previous books in this area lacked sufficient input for students; this book solves that problem by using precisely those films that teachers of Russian have already been using for years in their classrooms. The films in Volume 1 include The Cranes Are Flying, Ivan Vasilievich Changes Jobs, The Irony of Fate, Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears, and Fall Marathon, among others. The films in Volume 2 include Adam's Rib, Prisoner of the Caucasus, The Thief, and East-West, among others. . . .The selection of films is beautiful: these are many of the films we have been using in our Russian language classrooms already, but without substantial pedagogical support for doing so. Cinema for Russian Conversation provides just that support: it is an outstanding contribution for the Russian language curriculum. -- Benjamin Rifkin, Temple Universityshow more

About Olga Kagan

Olga Kagan is coordinator of the undergraduate of the Russian Program at UCLA. She is the author and co-author of numerous successful textbooks. Mara Kashper is the senior associate in Russian at Columbia University. A graduate of Leningrad State University, she is co-author of Lidiya Chukovskaya's "Sofia Petrovna" and "Reading and Speaking About Russian Newspapers" from Focus Publishing. Yuliya Morozova was a graduate student at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLAshow more

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