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*** In the Sorokam e-bookstore all items are divided into groups now. I hope this will help our customers to find the right product faster. Here are our categories:

Books
This section includes only the books in the Soroka and Sarafan courses; the comic book; etc.

Additional Material
Tests, flashcards for reading, and other necessities for use in the Soroka course.

Consultations and Webinars
Registration for individual consultations and upcoming webinars; also, archived webinars for purchase.

Books by Units
This is the “horizontal cross-section” of the course — i.e., one file contains one unit from all three books. For instance, in the folder Unit 1 of the “Soroka 1: Russian for Kids” course, you will find pages from the Student’s Book, Activity Book and Teacher’s Book in English and Russian languages – all pages from Unit 1, Soroka 1.

*** The sorokam.com website has been migrated to the new host server; I hope that the operation speed of the site has significantly increased now.

*** I also remind our customers from Russia that the procedure of purchase is different for them. Here are three steps you should take in order to receive e-books:

1. Create a personal account on the website;

2. Send a list of items you want to purchase to opulentus@mail.ru;

3. Follow the instructions in the mail that you received in response.

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Is One Hour Worth Spending on Learning Russian?

Another letter from the mail: “You say that the Soroka course is designed for students who study Russian one hour a week. We can learn just a little over this time. During the week, students easily forget what has been learned. Is it worth spending time and efforts to learn Russian? Should we start at all?”

I both agree and disagree with the author of these lines. I agree that having one hour a week for learning Russian is very little, as language is a pretty complicated system.

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Denver, CO

What: Meeting with Marianna Avery, author of books for teaching Russian for children, Soroka and Sarafan.

Where: Denver, CO, Botanic Garden, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

When: July 8, 2022, from 10 am till 1 pm

For who: for teachers and parents who teach Russian for children

We meet at 10 am at the entrance to the Garden. The first 5 people will get free admission to the garden. Our plan, as we walk through the Garden, is to exchange questions and answers on teaching Russian for children. Lunch will be at a restaurant located in the Garden.

Don’t hesitate to call/text and ask questions on 855-765-1265. You also may text me to confirm that you are coming.

Look forward to seeing you there!

This is a link to the Garden web-site:

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AATSEEL round table – invitation to participate

Dear all,

On February 2023, at the AATSEEL conference I am planning to organize a round table with the title “No Tears No Fears Russian Language Class for Children”, and I would like to invite you to participate.

In accordance with the AATSEEL rules for round tables, I must submit a list of participants with their contact information. Look here (https://www.aatseel.org/program/2023-guidelines/).

Could you please be so kind and join me for the round table? Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some potential topics for discussion:

  • Reducing prejudice against Cyrillic in reading lessons
  • Keeping children’s attention in the electronic age
  • Learning Russian and mending cultural barriers
  • The importance of recognizing and rewarding learning progress

You are welcome to add anything you propose to this list.

Here is an abstract from the rules of round table

“Roundtables are less formal than panels. Initial roundtable presentations are generally shorter than papers (about 10 min. per person). Then the speakers engage in discussion with each other, and the audience is usually invited to engage more directly than at panels. A roundtable is more of an open conversation: speakers come with their own insights and points of view, but not necessarily with a topic to analyze or a thesis to defend.”

Please let me know if you are interested in this round table and planning to participate, and I will include you into the proposal.

Let me know if you have more questions. Thank you!

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NEWs & ADs – Summer 2022

*** If you have a school or a personal website, we invite you to exchange links. On a special page of my blog, I will place your logotype and the link to your website. It is a particular pleasure to mention those, who already study by the Soroka course. Next to your logo we indicate: Here kids learn Russian by the Soroka course. In return I will send you my logotype with a short description of my page, if necessary, to place it on your website.
Looking forward to receiving your letters on my email opulentus@mail.ru.

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Myths vs Reality

How often do you come across myths? I’m not talking about ancient stories that explain unfamiliar natural phenomena or teach us something — for example, the ancient Greek myths of Prometheus, Heracles or Perseus. Rather, I’m talking about fancies that generate dubious notions of any activity without their confirmation in practice — for instance, myths concerning what helps children to learn Russian quicker.

In life, I often encounter different parents’ views that I’d like to comment on and dispel from the perspective of teaching experience. In the article, I consider the four most widespread myths.

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Please join us

If you feel comfortable enough to join online meeting held in Russian please come to our workshop on teaching Russian for children.

All the speakers are amazing! All of them have a lot to say about teaching Russian for kids.

The meetings are free of charge, if you want a recording, you may buy it later for a reasonable price. Please register here

http://onlinemasterskaya-rkidetyam.tilda.ws/page27382308.html

As for me, I will speak there about comic books during Russian lessons. Come to join us!

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NEWs & ADs – May 2022

*** If you want me to judge your Olympiad of Russian language, contact me by email opulentus@mail.ru. Please, do it in advance so that I can plan ahead, and attend your event.

*** The list of countries with free shipping extended on asordi.com. Now we deliver books for free over the US and the countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Russian Instructions: Why the Future is Looking Bright

Over the past few years of teaching Russian as a foreign language, there was a breakthrough that impacted both approach to teaching Russian and attitude toward the language in general.

Could it be considered a revolution? You will know the answer later. Meanwhile, I suggest you take it slowly and remember what has happened in the teaching of Russian as a foreign language over the last six years.

Why do I say over the last six years? That is how many years old my Soroka course turned in 2022. The first course appeared in February of 2016 and students are still loving it.

What has changed over the six years?

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