|22 Oct. 09
||Argonne elementary School
||N.S. Zhukova "Bukvar'", G.P Shalaeva, "Zanimatel'naja Grammatika", N. Pavlova "Pishem vmeste s bykvarem"," Literaturnoe chtenie", izdatel'stvo "Prosveshchenie", N. Vlasova "Russkij jazyk kak inostrannyj"
We have Russian Face to Face available, but to be honest I don't find it that helpful, except for the video series. I do look at it from time to time, to check that my students have practiced what is "expected" for their level. But we are a completely TPRS school, so I do create a lot of our material and I use a variety of resources for comprehensible input, including Blaine Ray's "Bednya Anya,"
and Ann Rolbin's First Reader in Russian, in semesters two and three. In semester four we are reading from "Stories from Today's Russia", as well as articles from newsweek and the BBC online, and singing the students' favorite contemporary Russian songs that they find on Youtube. We teach grammar embedded in context, but for great, relevant practice in specific structures I use Poexali; I know it's aimed at adults, but it uses such high frequency, up-to-date vocabulary, it fits very well in my program.
The program is continuing to build - there will be a level three next school year. All my students are Americans learning from scratch, none have any previous background of hearing and speaking the language.