This is one of the “capstone” RAILS lessons, an opportunity for you to practice the listening skills and strategies you learned in previous RAILS lessons, and to demonstrate your improved Russian listening proficiency. The capstone lessons offer neither Listening Assistant, nor interactive exercises with answers. Rather, these lessons consist of video clips and summary or analysis exercises. This capstone lesson consists of five video clips from an interview with Viktor Loshak, the editor-in-chief of one of Russia’s leading magazines “Ogonek”. The listening you will do in this lesson mimics real-world listening contexts, without the learning tools and aids embedded throughout all the other RAILS lessons.
What You Will Learn:
You will learn about the state of journalism in Russia today and, the adjustment journalists make to address the needs of an open society. You will hear Viktor Loshak’s view on the problem of Chechnia and his analysis of changes in Russia’s legal system. Loshak also offers his predictions for Russia’s future , predictions you might compare with those of Sergei Enikolopov and Irina Khakamada in other RAILS lessons.
This is your chance to apply all that you have learned in the RAILS lessons to new, challenging material. Try to use successful strategies you have learned in previous lessons: listen for the main idea and important supporting details, don’t get stuck trying to understand every word, use contextual clues to fill in the gaps where you don’t understand, and take notes.
|Number of pages: 5
|Estimated completion time: 1 hour, 15 minutes