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Tajiki Multimedia CD


Sample of Introductory Multimedia CD that accompanies the Introductory Textbook.

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Dynamic Assessment of L2 Development


CALPER Working Paper No. 1 <br> The present paper outlines a theoretical framework for a research program on Dynamic Assessment (henceforth, DA) within in the fields of L2 research, pedagogy and language testing. To achieve this, we will first discuss the theoretical basis of DA in the work of L. S. Vygotsky; next, we will contrast DA with more traditional static approaches to assessment (henceforth, SA) in the general educational and psychological literatures; we will then review the few studies that have been carried out to date on DA and L2 learning and instruction; we will next consider some of the critiques leveled against DA, in particular in its clinical orientation, by those concerned with psychometric principles; finally, we will consider the implications of some recent theoretical and empirical research calling for a closer connection between L2 assessment and instruction in light of our discussion of DA.

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Advancing in Russian Through Narration


The authors discuss five areas central to the acquisition of narrative and conceptual proficiency and provide evidence from actual narrations to illustrate critical language features. Two of the area are the use of tense and aspect and of verbs of motion, which are well-known in the field of Russian instruction as causing some difficulty for English-speaking students. Three others, which are narrative structure, emotion vocabulary, and identity vocabulary, have not been much discussed in the literature on teaching Russian. In this book the authors explore narrative and conceptual proficiency as important components of advanced level proficiency. <br> Chapters on: <br> Narratives in the Russian Classroom <br> Verbs of Motion <br> Tense and Aspect in Narratives <br> Identity Terms in Narratives<br> Appendix: Russian Emotion Vocabulary

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