The Developing Language Proficiency ? Reading is a mentored, self-paced tool for developing reading skills in Russian. There are 7 modules here. Each module of DLP-Reading consists of 25 texts. The modules are organized thematically into topics such as Economics, Crime, etc., and both internally and from module to module by level of difficulty.
Type of Material:
DLP-Reading employs authentic texts; that is, materials produced by natives for natives and taken from Russian newspapers, magazines and, occasionally, from transcripts of Russian television news broadcasts.
The site can be used as a tutorial and drill and practice.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goal is to improve one?s Russian reading skills.
Target Student Population:
The first four modules of DLP-Reading are intended for the intermediate student. Modules 6 and 7 of DLP-Reading are intended for the intermediate/advanced student.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The users of this site should be learners with intermediate or at least very strong basic Russian skills.
The site consists of 7 modules. Each module has an introduction and consists of 25 texts. The modules are organized thematically into topics: Economics, Crime, Military, Catastrophe, Space, Foreign Politics, and Voice of the People. The most common problem that intermediate language students have in improving language proficiency is vocabulary. A thematic approach, where they read a wide variety of materials on the same topic, creates natural learning support that helps them overcome this problem. The language levels for the Modules 1-5 vary between ILR Level 2 and 3. Modules 6 and 7 include L3+ and L4 texts.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site is intended to be used by intermediate and advanced Russian learners. Independent study students can use it effectively because it provides self-check activities. Instructors of Russian will find plenty of great supplementary activities to in-class work, homework assignments, and online discussions. The site provides numerous exercises and detailed instructions for effective use of these exercises. Among the advantages of this site are the annotations that come with each text called the "teaching area" where the author discusses grammar, translation quirks, etc.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate. The screen shows several frames at once: the text itself, vocabulary preview, an image, and mentor comments. The quality of reading materials is excellent. The site has its own system of bookmarks which makes it easy to use it.
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