Interactive Online Learning for the Russian Language
ILIAC Workshop: Library Studies, Information Systems and Education in the U.S.
March 15, 2002
Web Applications Developer
The Russian Language Network (Russnet) is a national Russian-language field resource center. The goal of Russnet is to make a variety of learning services and products—information, language modules, courses, materials, in-service teacher education, databases, discussion forums, and gateway to other Russian-language resources—broadly accessible to individuals, learners and teachers, and educational institutions worldwide.
Russnet is a vast online Russian language learning and teaching network. Upon entering, teachers, students and lovers of Russian find themselves at a gateway of resources for all aspects of the Russian language.
The main feature of the Russnet site is the Russnet Language Modules (http://www.russnet.org/online.html). The goal of these modules are aim at connecting teachers with the premier publishers of Russian-language curricular materials and offering several unpublished supplements to existing textbooks along with interactive e-learning modules designed specifically for internet delivery. These user-friendly modules offer free distance delivery of Russian language learning materials for use in the classroom, or by an independent learner. Currently, there are over 4,500 registered users for the Russnet modules. The latest feature of the Language Modules is the Russnet Virtual Classroom, which allows a teacher to have their own classroom space and give their own assignments to use in conjunction with the modules. Only one month after its inception, the Russnet Virtual Classroom is being used in 29 classrooms across the country. If the modules are not being used in conjunction with a classroom, the student still can still keep track of his/her progress with Russnet's scoring mechanism. Russnet staff is also available by e-mail or by phone during ACIE: ACTR/ACCELS business hours to offer technical assistance.
The Russnet Language Modules offer variety in content, media and approach, allowing something for everyone. Currently, Russnet offers the following modules:
Russnet is also portal into other sites related to Russian language learning, divided into the following categories:
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