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NCLRC webcasts in other languages

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Remember, use scripts as a last resort!



  • 2013.12.31
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  • 2012



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    Russian Webcasts are posted to the web twice monthly and deliver a survey of the previous two weeks' news in simplified standard Russian Listeners of Voice of America's "Special English" broadcasts will recognize the slightly slower rate of speech and textual redundancy which characterize these webcasts.

    Why ? Back in Soviet times, the news was easy to understand. The propaganda-laden messages were predictable and the diction clear and slow. Post-communist  newscasts feature telegraphic speech and slurry diction. Our webcasts serve as a stepping stone between the teacher talk of the classroom and the "real" Russian of the media.

    Authentic news. The news itself is taken from a number of Russian sites, including Lenta.Ru, Vesti.Ru, and other authentic sites. The editorial "slant" is left unchanged and should not be taken to represent the views of the NCLRC.

    The accompanying exercises include pre-listening background information, vocabulary support, and post-listening activities. The exercises are written in the multiple-choice or fill-in formats. Listeners can check their answers with a mouse click.

    Timeframe. The news cycle covered runs two weeks with new posted every other Monday or Tuesday.

    Who can listen? The news items, style, and exercise level are aimed at students with listening skills at ACTFL Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High. In most cases, that corresponds to college Russian at the end of second-year.

    Suggestions for listening. Listening to a flow-of-speech can be a daunting and frustrating task. Learning to live with the frustration is part of the learning curve. So we advise that you try these steps in this order:

    • Read all the exercises first! They will help you to understand everything you can.

    • Don't listen word for word. Try to get the gist. On the other hand, pay close attention to names and numbers.
    • Use your background knowledge and common sense. If you are listening to a report on a natural disaster in Brazil, chances are it won't have to do with snow.
    • While the scripts for the broadcasts are available, use them only as a last resort.

    Copyright information. Users may download both the written and audio versions of the exercises, copy them, and redistribute them. The only restriction is that the material must be cited: "Novosti nedeli na uproshchennom russkom jazyke, a project of the National Capital Language Resource Center:"

    Complaints and kudos can be sent to the project director: Richard Robin.


    Project director: Richard Robin.
    News rewriter, exercise, voice: Elena Ovtcharenko
    Exercises JavaScripting, and voice 2004-2014: Natalia Bessergeneva.

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