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New Textbook on Beginner Russian


Natalia V. Parker, a second year PhD student from LCS, has just had her first textbook published by Routledge.

Russian in Plain English: A Very Basic Russian Starter for Complete Beginners

This is not a traditional course book. It is based on the principles of Spiral Curriculum, introduced by cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, and is underpinned by theories of information processing, language acquisition and psycholinguistics. It aims to make Russian language instruction as processable for learners as possible, to help them retain what they are taught and start acquiring Russian from the very start. Feeding information in small amounts, the book fully integrates the teaching of reading, pronunciation, grammar and speaking, enabling learners to master reading Cyrillic within a very short period of time by activating learners’ cognitive processing.