Lesson 3: Екатерина Вторая

Екатерина IILesson Description:

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This is the third lesson based on an interview with Russian historian Aleksandr Logunov. You will watch three clips from an interview with Professor Logunov and complete exercises based on those clips. You will also listen to texts about Catherine’s role in shaping the legacy of Peter the Great, about some of the conspiracies against her, and passages from her memoirs. This lesson consists of the sections: Введение, Историческая роль Екатерины, Успехи Екатерины, and Заключение.

You can find the Помощник and Словарь at the end of the lesson for easy reference, but they are also available in the lesson in places where you are most likely to need them.

What You Will Learn:

In this lesson, you will learn about how Catherine thought of her role as Peter the Great’s successor, and about problems that Catherine faced and how she dealt with them. You will learn about some of Catherine’s views, and about the conspiracies against her. You will work with ways to express necessity and identify intentions. You will also work with short-form adjectives, sentence-level stress, and gerunds. You will learn how to interpret gestures.

Learning Tips:

Catherine came to the throne as a result of a coup against her husband, who was the legitimate heir. This was the source of many of the challenges she faced on the throne.

pages Number of pages: 18
clock Estimated completion time: 1.5 – 2 hours




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