by Irina Dubinina and Olesya Kisselev
Georgetown University Press, 2019
Paper: 978-1-62616-639-4
Library of Congress Classification PG2112.D82 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 491.782421


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Rodnaya rech', an introductory textbook for heritage learners, addresses the unique needs of students who have at least intermediate-level listening and speaking skills on the ACTFL scale but who have underdeveloped or nonexistent literacy skills. With an emphasis on conceptual understanding of vocabulary and grammar, Rodnaya rech' builds students' literacy skills and teaches them to strategically use the linguistic intuition they have gained as heritage speakers while strengthening all four skill areas.

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