I received this in the SEELANGS list that I subscribe to. Thought it might be of interest to y'all, even though focus is on developing reading skills. I don't have experience with any of them, but SEELANGS consists mostly of teachers of Russian and other Slavic languages.
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Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:08:30 +0100
From: Andrew Jameson a.jameson2@DSL.PIPEX.COM
Subject: Re: Reading Russian Texts
For those teaching adults or scientists to read Russian, I used to use READING MODERN RUSSIAN by Jules F Levin and Peter D Haikalis, Slavica 1979. This uses a radical scientific approach, not a philological one.
For those teaching historians, I used to use GRADED READINGS IN RUSSIAN HISTORY, ed with chapter-by-chapter vocabs, exercises and MAPS by Leon Stilman, Columbia, 1960 (up to Ivan III). After that A LECTURE ON RUSSIAN HISTORY, ed with on-page vocab and notes by Horace Lunt, Mouton 1959 (beginning of 19c to the revolution).
Best reader for intermediates in my experience was: RUSSIAN READING FOR MEANING, ed. George A. C. Scherer, Harcourt Brace, 1967. This has a controlled vocabulary for students who have completed "two levels" of classroom instruction. The texts are genuinely interesting, not condescending, juvenile or trite as many early readers are. This could be the first book which your students could use for extensive reading.
The Rolls Royces of advanced Russian readers must be the series produced by Harcourt Brace in the 60s-70s. They were equipped with introductory articles, preparatory texts, marginal translations of difficult words, contextual footnotes, exercises afterwards, full vocabs, just fabulous. The titles were:
BALLAD OF A SOLDIER, ed Laurence C Thompson et al., 1966
NEW VOICES. CONTEMPORARY SOVIET SHORT STORIES, ed Kenneth Harper et al., 1966
A CENTURY OF RUSSIAN PROSE AND VERSE. FROM PUSHKIN TO NABOKOV, ed Gleb Struve et al., 1967
EYEWITNESS. SELECTIONS FROM RUSSIAN MEMOIRS, ed D Barton Johnson et al, 1971 (includes a "slovar' -minimum").
I'm sure there are copies available on the Internet.
These are oldies and goodies, , but what about the modern proficiency method by Irene Thompson, Reading Real Russian??? LZ
I'd share my ideas on the sources I used. In most of these books, you can either ignore the grammar-related assignments or just slightly reflect on them to connect with the texts. The latter have good follow-up questions that can also help in the development of both reading and further oral speech.
1. "Mir Russkix" by Z. Dabars et al, Dubuque, IA 1997
2. "Pattern Drills in Russian" by N. Maltzoff, New York, 1960
3. "Russkii yazyk dlya vsex" by V. Kostomarov, Ed., Moscow, 1977
4. "Russian Intermediate Reader" by I. Mihalchenko, Ed., 1977
5. "Beginner's Russian Reader" by L. Pargment, New York, 1963
Ashot Vardanyan, University of Iowa
04/07 00:36 Laura Kline klinela@COMCAST.NET wrote:
Can anyone recommend a good textbook for students who want to focus on developing reading skills only? They would be starting at the beginning level.