A Russian language textbook edited and co-authored by Prof. Basil Bessonoff was recently released by iLearnRussian Publishers, part of Russia Online, Inc.
The textbook, entitled Road to Russia: Russian Language Textbook for Beginners, is written specifically for North American students who have no prior knowledge of the Russian language. The 15-chapter textbook is accompanied by audio recordings, and will prepare students to meet the standards of the beginner level certificate of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
"New students of Russian, as well as teachers of elementary Russian, will not fail to notice and appreciate how gradually and systematically the book introduces fundamental grammar concepts and how carefully it correlates them with the explanations of Russian phonetics and vocabulary," comments Constantine Muravnik, Senior Lector in Russian Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.
Prof. Bessonoff, who holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of London and an advanced degree in this subject from the University of St. Petersburg, teaches Russian at IWP. A member of the Chartered Royal Institute of Linguists (UK), he also teaches Russian language courses at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Graduate School USA.