by Tony Brown, Tatiana Balykhina, Ekaterina Talalakina, Jennifer Bown and Viktoria Kurilenko
contributions by Vitali Kostomarov
Georgetown University Press, 2014
Paper: 978-1-62616-088-0
Library of Congress Classification PG2129.E5B77 2014


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Mastering Russian through Global Debate brings together the rhetorical traditions of the communications field and the best practices of adult second-language instruction to facilitate Superior-level proficiency in the Russian language. Each chapter addresses a rich topic of debate, providing students with a set of prereading activities, texts covering both sides of a debate topic, and continues with postreading comprehension and lexical development exercises—all of which foster the language and critical thinking skills needed for successful debates. A rhetorical methods section in each chapter integrates language and practice and prepares students for end-of-chapter debates. Using debate to develop advanced competency in a second language is a method that is finding increased interest among instructors and students alike, in both synchronous online teaching and the individual classroom. Students are prepared to participate fully in debates with their classmates—at home, abroad, or both.