Resources in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Denver
The Russian Language and Literature Program at the University of Denver does not only comprise courses of study, although those are, indeed, the foundations upon which everything else is built. There are a number of websites, organizations, programs, and facilities that help to expand the study of Russian at DU into something that comes alive both within and without the classroom. Click on any of items to the left to find out more; brief descriptions are given below.
First-year Russian students use a textbook series that is being developed jointly with Harvard University. Audio files for this series are available online. In order to protect copyright, these pages are only accessible from DU's servers (either from on campus with identification or through the campus VPN network). (If your computer does not have a QuickTime plugin, you may need to get it at the Apple QuickTime website.)
Second-year Russian students use Focus on Russian. Audio files for this book are also available online, but in order to protect copyright, they are only accessible from DU's servers (either from on campus with identification or through the campus VPN network). (If your computer does not have a QuickTime plugin, you may need to get it at the Apple QuickTime website.) Second-year students also use videos from the Russian Video Project (discussed below).
The Russian grammar pages are really two sets of websites that can help beginning students of Russian with their understanding of Russian grammar. The first set of sites explain the concepts of the Russian alphabet, cases, and verbs. Accompanying those are a set of grammar exercises that reinforce those topics. To do the grammar exercises, your browser needs to be Cyrillic-enabled (see below for more information).
The Russian Language and Literature Program has completed a new Russian Video Project with funding that it has received from the Center for Teaching and Learning. This Video Project permits students in 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-year Russian to work with videoclips of native Russians talking about a wide range of topics. (If your computer does not have a QuickTime plugin, you may need to get it at the Apple QuickTime website.)
Suggested Russian websites is a detailed listing of Russian websites from around the world that examine Russia and Russian in various facets: academic, cultural, political, touristic. . . both in English and in Russian.
The Russian National Anthem item will bring up a new window that has the lyrics of the anthem both in Russian and in English. There is also an MP3 file of the Mariinskii Theatre Opera Chorus singing the anthem embedded into the page - it is about 3Mb and it may take a few minutes to load unless you have a broadband connection. More versions can be found at Russian Anthems.
The map of Russia also loads in a new window and shows major cities and geographic regions with their English names.
Finally, take the time to explore the Internet for sites of interest. Access to the web has exploded in Russia, and sites are being added every day. It would be impossible to keep a comprehensive list of sites that might interest students or people with an interest in Russia and/or Russian. Exploring and discovering new things, then, is part of the fun.