Russian Language Journal


Russian, poetry, culture, literature, foreign language


Overall, the book does a thorough job of documentation. In proficiency terms, it reads more like a fancy “Advanced High” text than “Superior.” The authors do not speculate about the potentially more controversial conclusions pertaining to some of the postulates underlying the program until toward the end of the volume. After all, it is unlikely that a school with only two years of Russian aiming for an “Intermediate Low” speaking proficiency will create a two-year curriculum with the intent to prepare participants for a fourth year at “Advanced.” Most of the interesting speculations come in Al-Batal and Glakas’s view of Flagship results beyond proficiency. The authors demonstrate the reserve of professional expertise that Flagship students take from the program—a result of the emphasis on both interdisciplinary studies and the learners’ ability to participate fully in professional level communication by the end of the program.