Maintaining and developing language proficiency is, ultimately, up to the individual. Teachers,
classes, textbooks, tapes, and all the modern
bells and whistles - TBT, CBT, "interactive this" and "virtual that" - all
help, but they're useless if the student doesn't put in the TIME and EFFORT!
The same holds true for Developing Language Proficiency - Reading (DLP-Reading) and all of the other mentored, self-paced tools
you'll find in the Russian Language Mentor. There are sufficient
materials here. You will be "mentored" and "worked." In the end, however,
you will take out of each module and tool what you put into it. In short,
don't expect great results if you do the minimum. But if you follow the instructions and take the time to assimilate the materials, you can and will improve as
Let's briefly discuss the basics:
You - The User/Learner.
The first four modules of DLP-Reading are intended for the intermediate student. You know who you are!
You have a good knowledge of basic Russian grammar, and you have a
respectable vocabulary. You can read a newspaper article and understand the main points -
who? what? where? when? - and a lot more, but who would need to spend
some time with a dictionary to translate the same article.
Modules 6 and 7 of DLP-Reading are intended for the intermediate/advanced student. You should be ready for these modules after you've completed the preceding materials. If you're already an advanced student, you should find these interesting and, perhaps, even challenging.
- Organization and Approach.
Each module of DLP-Reading consists of 25 texts. The modules are organized thematically into topics like Economics, Crime, etc., and both internally and from module to module by text levels.
The most common problem that intermediate language students have in improving
language proficiency is vocabulary. A thematic approach, where they read a
wide variety of materials on the same topic, creates a natural learning curve
that helps them overcome this problem. The language levels for the Modules 1-5 vary between ILR Level 2 and 3. Modules 6 and 7 include L3+ and L4 texts.
It will take you between 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete each module of DLP-Reading.
employs authentic texts, that is, materials produced by natives for natives and taken from Russian newspapers, magazines and, occasionally, from
transcripts of Russian television news broadcasts.
Work Hard and Have Fun!
You'll soon realize that RLM tools are "a bit different!"