Panorama: Intermediate Russian Language and Culture
by Benjamin Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub and Susanna Nazarova
Georgetown University Press, 2017
Paper: 978-1-62616-417-8
Library of Congress Classification PG2112.R54 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 491.782421


Panorama moves intermediate-level students of Russian toward advanced proficiency by engaging them in a systematic and comprehensive approach to Russian grammar and engaging them with texts from a variety of genres, including proverbs and sayings, to immerse students in Russian culture. 

By reading and listening to Russian literary classics and contemporary nonfiction texts, students develop a contextual understanding of Russian culture and forms of expression that grow their command of vocabulary, grammar, and complex syntax. The textbook includes comprehensive in-class vocabulary and grammar exercises and discussion topics as well as reading texts (for work in class and at home), summative oral and written exercises, and compelling color photos.

Features of Panorama textbook program:• Content can be used in one semester/two terms or for a full year• Modular structure allows instructors flexibility to assign chapters in their own sequence• Authentic photojournalist photos to prompt discussion exercises for each chapter topic• Summative exercises for each chapter test student mastery of the grammar topics, vocabulary, and cultural competence related to the chapter theme in a written essay format• Most grammar examples and many exercises are drawn from the Russian National Corpus• Readings include blogs, blog comments, articles, interviews, exposing students to current Russian culture and language • Free Instructor’s Manual available for download at

Electronic Workbook for Panorama (Sold Separately on Electronic Workbook (a companion website) includes the homework exercises to practice vocabulary, grammar, listening, and speaking.  It capitalizes on new technology to enrich the experience of students and teachers and improve learning outcomes. 

Following the sequence of the textbook, the website gives students their homework on a convenient and easy-to-use website. Automatically graded and teacher-graded exercises give students feedback on understanding the points of grammar discussed in the text, as well as on practicing vocabulary and sentence structure. 

Instructors can connect their students into one online class and track each student’s progress through the Instructor’s Workstation, allowing instructors to tailor in-class time to address knowledge gaps. 

Features of the Panorama Electronic Workbook: • Consists of almost 330 homework exercises• Includes vocabulary and grammar exercises • Offers 1–2 listening exercises per chapter (many from Ekho Moskovy), 1–2 proverbs exercises per chapter, and a record yourself exercise • Includes automatically graded and teacher-graded exercises, including fill-ins, drop-downs, and sentence writing 

Teacher Access to the Electronic Workbook (Free): • Go to and click Bookstore. • Search for Panorama. • Select “Instructor Trials and Adoptions.” • Select either “I am ready to adopt this book” or “I would like an instructor trial before I make my decision,” and then fill out the form. • Get access and explore! 

Two Ways Students Can Purchase Access to the Electronic Workbook: • Save by purchasing the Electronic Workbook as part of a bundle that includes a textbook and website access. ( • Purchase immediate access to the Electronic Workbook at with your credit card. You will need to purchase the textbook separately.

Visit to see chapter 6 of the Electronic Workbook. 

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