Two Revolutions: Teaching History in Fourth Semester Russian

In my talk, I will present some of the materials I have made for an interdisciplinary intermediate Russian cultural curriculum, intended to combine the study of literature and film with historical readings. I will discuss challenges of preparing intermediate Russian students to read complex non-fictional texts, focusing especially on the following three areas: the choice between annotating and presenting non-fictional texts online, and creating paper glossaries and exercises; ways of both supporting students’ reading of complex texts, and helping them develop reading strategies they can use independently; and the potential for in-depth discussion of history and politics in intermediate language classrooms.

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