Online Resources for Russian — Spring 2020

In light of this and many other universities transition to online/distance learning for the spring 2020 term in response to the international COVID-19 pandemic, CEERES has compiled this brief list of online resources for teaching Russian Language. If you are willing to share resources for this or another languages in the CEERES region please send them to In addition, a previously compiled list of CEERES related resource that is searchable by language and region is available at our Online Resources page.


LLC Commons

This portal is focused around open educational resources that can be used for online, hybrid/blended, or technology-enhanced courses in Slavic language, literature, and culture. The website also hosts a map of Slavic programs and courses in the United States as well as a list of resources related to online and technology-enhanced teaching.


The LLC Commons initiative aims to grow a sustainable culture of sharing high-quality recorded interactive lectures and materials among Slavists and language educators at all levels. The portal offers an infrastructure for searching our growing database of online lessons and embedding online modules into a variety of course management platforms across the globe. Contributing to the LLC Commons is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other language and culture educators at the forefront of a new education era of online and hybrid teaching. They now have online materials mainly for lower-level Russian language courses.


American Council of Teachers of Russian Teaching Materials 

A collection of online teaching materials compiled by ACTR. 


Folkways Online Resources for Students of Russian 

A wide and still growing collection of online resources in Russia that is conveniently and clearly organized.


Amazing Russian Channel

Olga Jarrell's excellent Amazing Russian channel provides videos on grammar and vocabulary; explanations are largely in slow Russian. Many correspond to the presentation of grammar topics in Golosa.


The Russian Grammar Channel 

Curt Ford's Russian Grammar channel includes short focused videos on grammar with explanations in English and examples in Russian. Playlists include verbs of motion (without prefixes) and participles. Analytics for the channel indicate that a number of universities already access the channel through Canvas and/or Blackboard.


Tips4Russian (Now without paywall)

Curt Ford has an online course on verbs of motion (including the directional prefixes) which is normally behind a paywall, but given the urgency of our situation, has opened it for free access for the spring semester. 38 videos with embedded comprehension checks are accompanied by a variety of interactive exercises in the browser, and downloadable audio reviews.


A guide to which of Curt Ford's lessons correspond to chapters in widely used textbooks here


At the same site is a course on participles that's currently under construction here.


'Ilyaspeaker' podcast 

For intermediate students: the 'Ilyaspeaker' podcast features brief audio clips with explanations of various idioms. In clear but natural Russian, often recorded on the street or while driving, the clips give the feeling of going around Moscow while your Patient Russian Friend explains things.


Tatiana Klimova's Youtube Channel

Tatiana Klimova's channel includes short videos on vocabulary (explanations in English) and tours of locales in Russia, and interviews with friends, teachers, relatives (in Russian).


Russian with Anastasia Channel

Анастасия Семьина's channel includes vlog postings from a number of cities in Russia.


The CEELBAS Language Repository: Russian

A collection of documents on digital pedagogy for Russian language teaching. 


Между нами: Free Online Russian Textbook

Между нами is a free, web-based textbook that provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture. It is organized around the experiences of four American students, each spending the academic year in a different Russian city. Their interactions with host families, roommates, fellow students and teachers create a universe of contextualized information that motivates the use of the target language in the classroom.


"Students' learning is in their power": Interview with Karen Evans-Romaine

Dr. Natalie McCauley interviews Karen Evans-Romaine, professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program, on remote language teaching.


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