ERIC Number: ED216540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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My Russian Program is Alive and Growing.
Ziegler, Henry P.
The decision on the part of students regarding what language to take often depends on the tradition of good teaching that has been established in a school. Three factors have been involved in establishing such a tradition in Russian at Princeton High School in Columbus, Ohio. These are: (1) accepting the students who sign up for Russian as they are, teaching them the language and culture, and assuring a meaningful and enjoyable experience; (2) developing a program in which the language can actually be learned; and (3) developing a methodology according to a set of criteria that are acceptable to today's students. The course starts with a 4 to 5 month program in Russian readiness with teacher-constructed materials. This phase is followed by a 3-year program using "Russian for Everybody," from the Pushkin Language Institute, Moscow University, which is supplemented by teacher-constructed materials, and followed by other texts and reading materials. The goal of the program is active mastery of 2,500-3,000 words and a passive vocabulary of 3,500-4,000 words, as well as a genuine liking for the Russian language and the people who speak it. In the classroom situation, the student is the center of attention and the teacher, a facilitator. The methodology might be termed an "audiolingual," and "audiolingual-visual-situational-cultural" methodology. (AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Russian, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
Not available separately; see FL 012 917.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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