This is an online version of
the Russian language course that was originally developed for
the Russian degree route at Coventry University, U.K.
The original version was entitled "ABC of Russian
Language and History". The course was distinctive because it was
based around the study and discussion of graded texts and
dialogues on Russian history.
The new Internet edition has been redesigned as a
self-taught course but retains the original approach of "teaching
language through history", as it were. It has a very similar
structure to the way
or courses are arranged. The learners are introduced to new words
and grammar patterns by starting with very simple texts about the
origins and evolution of the Russian state and society. As you
progress through the course you build up your knowledge of the
language and learn about the country and its people.
The learning materials are
furnished with links to the relevant parts of ALLRUSSIAS.COM where
you can find more information in English about the corresponding
historical period or figure. In this sense the language course is
closely integrated with the rest of the site, the main focus of
which is Russian history. Once you've come to the end of the course
you may wish to look at the site's Russian version that will provide
you with a wealth of reading matter on Russian affairs.
The texts and dialogues have been graded on the basis of
language difficulty: from short and simple to (gradually) longer
and linguistically more challenging. They also follow the timeline
(and, in this sense, tell a story) of Russia from its first state with
the centre in Kiev, to Muscovite Russia, to Imperial Russia, to
Soviet Russia and the USSR's demise.
The course may be used by complete
beginners but is, perhaps, best suited to learners with some basic knowledge of
If you would like to take full advantage of our free online
Russian language course you should consider buying a set
of 2 audio CDs that contain recordings, made by native Russian speakers,
of the 16 texts and 16 dialogues from each unit of "The ABC of Russian Language
This Internet edition is dedicated
to the memory of Marianna Chubarov who collaborated in the production of the
original "hard-copy" version and used it successfully for a number of years in
teaching Russian degree students at Coventry University.