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					BUSINESS RUSSIAN APPLICATIONS. INDEX.
CONTENT: THE VIDEO AND THE TEXTS: .......................................................................................... 2

STRUCTURE OF THE BUSINESS RUSSIAN PROGRAM: .................................................................. 2

LAUNCHING AND NAVIGATING: .......................................................................................................... 3
   USING THE INDEX: ........................................................................................................................................ 3
   INTRO SCREEN .............................................................................................................................................. 3
   MENU SCREEN .............................................................................................................................................. 3
     Menu ........................................................................................................................................................ 3
     Toolbar .................................................................................................................................................... 3
    TASKBAR ............................................................................................................................... 3
   TASKBAR ................................................................................................................................ 4
    ACTIVITIES: ........................................................................................................................ 4
      (Getting Ready) ................................................................................................... 4
      (Stop that Movie!) ................................................................................................................ 4
     (View Dialogue) ............................................................................................................. 5
     (Comprehension) .................................................................................................... 5
     (Composition) ........................................................................................................... 5
   ACTIVITIES: ............................................................................................................................. 6
      (Getting Ready) ................................................................................................... 6
      (Text Analysis) ................................................................................................................. 7
     (Comprehension) .................................................................................................... 7
      (Composition) .............................................................................................................. 8
   TOOLS........................................................................................................................................................... 9
     Help. ........................................................................................................................................................ 9
     Gloss. ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
     Notebook. ................................................................................................................................................. 9
     Exit. Scores and Scrapbook ..................................................................................................................... 9




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Content: the video and the texts:
          Alex, an American graduate student in business, has come to Moscow to learn more about the
Russian economic system and the present condition of the market economy. Through the help of his guide,
Alyona, he encounters various representatives of Russian business life (a university professor, the director
of a tractor factory, a flashy member of Russia’s new business elite, etc.), and enjoys the hospitality of a
Russian family. He hears various opinions and prognoses, receives often contradictory information, and
experiences first-hand the frequently bewildering array of Russian business culture (and Russian culture in
general).
          Besides witnessing his adventures on the video, we are also privy to the documents Alex might
read as background material for his interviews. In Chapter One, for example, the video depicts his arrival at
Moscow airport and documents his first impressions of how dramatically Russia has changed since his last
visit . The essay for Chapter One also provides a prelude of sorts, this time to his later readings; it’s called
“A History of the Russian Market System before 1917.”

Using this application you will see how Alex reacts to his experiences and will be asked to organize your
own observations to form your own opinions and conclusions.


Structure of the Business Russian Program:
The Business Russian instructional program consists of 4 units, each of which is subdivided into video- and
reading-based chapters:


Unit                                   (Video                        (Reading
                                      Chapters)                             Chapters)

CD 1
                                                
                                                               
                                                          
                                                                         
                                                           
                                                                  
                                          
                                                       
                                                           
                                                                        
                                                                  

                                             

                                                            
CD 2                                 
                                                    
                                                               
                                                  
                                                                            

Each of the individual chapters contains a set number of activities. The  chapters include
Getting Ready, Stop that Movie!, View and Listen, Comprehension, Composition. The 
chapters consist of Getting Ready, Text Analysis, Comprehension, Composition. All of these activities will
be discussed in more detail later.



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Launching and Navigating:

Insert the CD corresponding to the Unit you plan to work on in the drive.


Using the Index:

Click on the Index Icon in the Business Russian Program Group. All of the applications will be accessible
to you from this index. By clicking on the titles you will launch the different Units. The titles of Units you
have visited will be highlighted with a red checkmark. To clear these checkmarks click on Reset Main
Menu button.

Intro Screen

When you launch one of the Units the Index will disappear and will be replaced with the Introductory
Screen of the Unit. In Unit 1 there are two buttons in the lower right: Tutorial and Continue. The Tutorial
is highly recommended, as it gives a quick, basic introduction to navigating the activities. Click on the
Continue button to access the Unit’s chapters.

Menu Screen

On first entering the Menu Screen (by clicking "Continue"), a video clip will play. You do not need to wait
until it is finished playing but may continue by clicking one of the blue buttons next to a 
or section. The Menu Screen has the following elements:

Menu
Subdivided into  and chapters. Access these chapters by clicking on the blue
button next to the titles. The blue icon will then change to red to indicate that you have done so. Click on
the Reset Menu button to clear the red icons.

Toolbar (the red bar across the top of the screen)
From this Toolbar you can access Help, Gloss (a dictionary) and Notes (a notebook). You may also click on
Exit, which will take you to a Scoring Screen (discussed below) from which you can exit. You may also
exit at any point by clicking the top left icon of the frame.

After selecting a chapter a vertical Taskbar will appear on the right hand side containing buttons which
access the activities of the selected chapter. This toolbar can be moved to a convenient place by clicking on
it and dragging. It can also be hidden (and made to reappear) by clicking the appropriate stop on the
toolbar.

 Taskbar

         From top to bottom, the Taskbar contains the following elements:

          Status Line indicating what chapter you have launched.
          Menu button, allowing you to go back to the Main Chapter Menu.
          Level buttons, allowing you to change the level of difficulty you are working in.




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          Activity buttons:
           and
           

Taskbar

         From top to bottom the Taskbar contains the following elements:

            Status Line indicating what chapter you have launched.
            Menu button, allowing you to go back to the Chapter Menu
            Level buttons, allowing you to change the level of difficulty you are working in.
            Activity buttons: and
             


 Activities:

 (Getting Ready, Level 1)
In this activity, you will answer questions based almost solely on visual and non-verbal clues. Such
speculation may help you understand the circumstances of the dialogue you will encounter later.

             Click on speaker button to play relevant segment of video.
             Click on correct answer.
             Feedback will appear at bottom of page.
             After finishing all questions on page, turn page by clicking on arrow right. (Absence of arrow
              right means you have reached the last page of this activity.)
              To return to a previous page, click on arrow left. (Absence of arrow left means you are on
              the first page of this activity.)

 (Getting Ready, Level 2, 3)
In this activity, you will answer questions based almost solely on visual and non-verbal clues. Such
speculation may help you understand the circumstances of the dialogue you will encounter later.

             Click on speaker button to play relevant segment of video.
             Type your answer in Russian in the space provided. (To access the Russian keyboard, click on
              the "Type" button. You must then click once in the answer space to place the cursor there.)
             Copy answers to your clipboard (and then the Notebook) to print hard copy later or to edit in
              the Notebook.
             After finishing all questions on page, turn page by clicking on arrow right. (Absence of arrow
              right means you have reached the last page of this activity.)
             To return to a previous page, click on arrow left. (Absence of arrow left means you are on the
              first page of this activity.)

 (Stop that Movie!)
This activity requires you to listen closely for particular words, events, or concepts and to stop the video as
soon as you hear them.

          Play the dialogue segment by clicking the "Play". (To proceed to the next segment, hit arrow
           right.)
          Level 1: Click the "Stop" button as soon as you hear the phrase listed to the right of it.




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          Level 2: Click the "Stop" button as soon as you hear the event described to the right of it.
           Hint: you are told who will be speaking.
          Level 3: Click the "Stop" button as soon as you discover the answer to the question listed to the
           right of it.
          For all levels, feedback will appear at the bottom of the page.
          Hint: Keep cursor by the Stop button for fast response.
          Be sure to do all the pages.

(View Dialogue)
This activity familiarizes you with the content of the whole video chapter.

          Play the dialogue segments by clicking the Play button. (To proceed to the next segment, hit
           arrow right, then hit Play.)
          Hint: Try viewing the first few times without help from summary.
          Click on  to see a Russian summary of the segment.

         Note: Some segments might not contain dialogue, but they will be important for other activities.

(Comprehension)
These activities allow you to test your understanding of the video chapter.

Level 1
    This activity requires you to place events in the order in which they occurred in the dialogue.
    Events are listed in incorrect order. Click on a line, hold, and drag it to its appropriate place.
    If you would like to view and hear the scene described, double click on the line to view that video
        segment.
    You may rearrange the ordering and view the segments as many times as you like before checking
        your answer.
    When you are satisfied with your ordering, check your answers by clicking "."
        (Check answer)
    To view the correct ordering, click on "!" (I give up!), which will send an incorrect
        answer to your score card.

Level 2
    This activity asks you evaluate whether a statement is true or false, based on your understanding
        of the dialogue.
    Play the dialogue segment by clicking the "Play" button.
         Answer questions by clicking in the appropriate circle. Feedback appears at bottom of page.
         To proceed to the next segment, click arrow right, then hit Play.

Level 3
    This activity asks you to choose the correct answer among multiple choices based on your
        understanding of the dialogue.
    Play the dialogue segment by clicking the "Play" button.
    Answer question by clicking anywhere on the appropriate line of text. Feedback appears at
        bottom of page.
    To proceed to the next segment, click arrow right, then hit Play.

(Composition)
In this activity, you will answer questions based on your understanding of the dialogue. Some questions
may be based strictly on verbal clues; others may require that you speculate about possible answers.



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           Click on speaker button to play relevant segment of video.
           Type your answer in Russian in the space provided. (To access the Russian keyboard layout,
            click on the "Type" button. You must then click once in the answer space to place the cursor
            there. You can toggle between two keyboard layouts: a Student phonetic keyboard and a
            Russian Standard keyboard.)
           Copy answers to your clipboard. At this point you may choose to copy your answers to your
            Notepad (Notes in the Toolbar). Your answers, as well as the questions, are also stored in the
            Scrapbook, explained below).
           After finishing all questions on the page, turn page by clicking on arrow right. (Absence of
            arrow right means you have reached the last page of this activity.)
           To return to a previous page, click on arrow left. (Absence of arrow left means you are on the
            first page of this activity.)

Activities:

          The texts presented as reading exercises may be related to the subject of the preceding dialogue,
          providing background information that Alex (and therefore the student using this application)
          might find useful in his researches in Moscow. E.g.: Before encountering a representative of the
          new Moscow business elite, Alex reads a brief article called, “Who are the new businessmen?”
          which gives a sociological description of the origins and characteristics of the noveau riche.


 (Getting Ready)
Pre-reading exercises that develop strategies for initially encountering foreign texts (and that discourage a
word-by-word approach). After these activities, you will have a good idea of the subject matter of the text,
the structure of the text, and specific issues it addresses.

Level 1
     This pre-reading activity asks that you make predictions about the subject matter of the article
        based on a quick look at selected vocabulary. You do not need to try to read the article at this
        stage. Because this activity is intended as the briefest of introductions to the subject matter of the
        text, no scores are kept--you will simply receive feedback based on your answers.
         The text to the left contains highlighted words or phrases which you are asked to divide among
          the 3 categories to the right.
         In the text to the left, click on a highlighted word or phrase, then drop it into the appropriate
          column to the right.
         In order to clear the word from the cursor, drop it in the trashcan near the top of the first column.

Level 2

         In this activity, you are asked to skim the article and choose topic sentences for each paragraph
          (or, sometimes, sections of the article). No close reading is expected.
         The topic sentences are listed to the right of the text in incorrect order. Click on a line, hold,
          and drag it to its appropriate place.
         You may rearrange the ordering as many times as you like before checking your answer.
         When you are satisfied with your ordering, check your answers by clicking "."
          (Check answer)
         To view the correct ordering, click on "!" (I give up!), which will send an incorrect
          answer to your score card.

Level 3


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         This activity asks that you predict where the answer to particular questions might appear in the
          text.
         Read the question in the top box. In the text to the left, click anywhere within the paragraph in
          which you'd expect to find the answer.
         For easier viewing, the paragraph you select will appear in the box below the question.
         Feedback will appear at the bottom of the page.
         To proceed to the next question, hit arrow right.

 (Text Analysis)
This activity works on the nuts and bolts of the language represented in the reading text, on three levels:
word-formation (roots, prefixes and suffixes), vocabulary building (antonyms/synonyms), and syntax.

Level 1
     This word formation exercise will expand your knowledge of Russian roots and expand your
        vocabulary by forming words from roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
     Click on each highlighted word in the text, and a screen will appear to the right with that word's
        root and its translation(s), as well as prefixes and suffixes which can be combined to form the
        words listed in the lowermost table.
     Try to build the words listed in English by clicking on a suffix or prefix, dragging and
        dropping it in the correct space. Words might require prefix, suffix, both, or neither (when the
        root = the word). If both are required to complete a word, you need only select one--the other
        element will be provided automatically. Only correct choices will be dropped in the spaces;
        incorrect attempts will be tallied as incorrect answers on the scoreboard..
     If you wish to clear the cursor simply click on the wastebasket near the top of the screen. This
        will not affect your score.
     You may copy this new vocabulary list to your notebook for printing and further study by clicking
        the "Copy to notebook" button at bottom of screen.

Level 2

         In this activity you will be asked to choose synonyms (or antonyms) for the words listed in the
          table. The words for you to choose from are highlighted in the text.
         Click on a highlighted word in the text to pick it up, then drop it in the space next to its match.
          Only correct choices will appear in the box. Incorrect choices will be tallied as incorrect answers
          on the scoreboard.
         If you wish to clear the cursor of a word simply drop the word in the wastebasket near the top of
          the screen. This will not affect your score.
         Once you have completed the exercise, turn the page by clicking the arrow right.
         You may copy this new vocabulary list to your notebook for printing and further study by clicking
          the "Copy to notebook" button at bottom of screen.

Level 3

         In this activity, you will see several exercises. In some, you will replace participial phrases with
          clauses using the relative pronoun . In others, you will make a participial
          construction. In still others, you will be asked to join two simple sentences using the appropriate
          conjunction.
         The sentence(s) you must manipulate appears above, right. The corresponding sentence in the
          text is highlighted in black, to provide a context.




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         From the list(s) mid-right, click on the correct form of the word and drop it in the correct blue
          space. Only correct choices will appear in the space. Incorrect choices will be tallied as incorrect
          answers on the scoreboard.
         If you wish to clear the cursor (for instance if you realize you have picked up the wrong form),
          drop the word in the Trashcan near the top of the screen. This will not affect your score.
         Once you have completed the exercise, turn the page by clicking the arrow right.

(Comprehension)
In this activity, you will answer questions testing your understanding of the dialogue.

Levels 1 and 3

            This activity asks you to choose the correct answer among multiple choices based on your
             understanding of the text.
            Answer question by clicking on the appropriate answer. Feedback appears at bottom of page.
            Once you click on an answer (correct or not) the paragraph of the text containing the answer will
             be highlighted.
           To proceed to the next segment, click arrow right. To go back a page, click arrow left. Be sure to
            go through all pages.

Level 2

         In this activity you will complete a simplified version of the original text by filling in the blanks
          with the words from the list above it. The words are already in correct grammatical form and each
          is used only once.
         First, scan through the simplified text. Then click on a word in the list to pick it up, then drop it
          in the appropriate space by clicking again.
         Only correct choices will be dropped in the space. Incorrect choices will be tallied as incorrect
          answers on the scoreboard.

         If you wish to clear the cursor (for instance if you realize you have picked up the wrong form), drop
          the word in the Trashcan near the top of the screen. This will not affect your score.




 (Composition)
In this activity, you will answer questions based on your understanding of the article. Some questions may
be based strictly on the text; others may require that you speculate about possible answers or draw on your
existing knowledge of the subject.

           Type your answer in Russian in the space provided. (To access the Russian keyboard, click on
            the "Type" button.)
           Copy answers to your clipboard to print hard copy later.
           After finishing all questions on page, turn page by clicking on arrow right. (Absence of arrow
            right means you have reached the last page of this activity.) Note: You will be prompted to copy
            your answers to the Clipboard and Scrapbook, as once you leave the screen these will be erased.
           To return to a previous page, click on arrow left. (Absence of arrow left means you are on the
            first page of this activity.)
           Be sure to page through all the questions.
           Scroll through the text using the scroll bar at right of it.




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Tools


Help.
Gives detailed instructions on the tasks of each activity.

Gloss.
Very simple glossary with only those words likely to be needed by a student at this level. Click on first
letter of word you seek and then scroll down.

Notebook.
You use this as you would any notebook—you can takes notes, file them by topic, search for previous
topics, cut and paste text, save, print, etc.

Exit, Scores and Scrapbook
After clicking on this option the scorekeeping page appears, with a complete log of your activities. Some
activities are scored by the number of correct answers out of the number of attempts. Other activities (e.g.,
Composition), which by their nature do not have right/wrong feedback, are simply scored as having been
visited (an “x” appears in this box). You may clear or print these scores by clicking on the corresponding
buttons. A Scrapbook contains every text you have copied to the clipboard, with headings indicating in
what Activity, chapter and level you did so. You may copy the Scrapbook to place this text in the Notebook
or clear all of this text by clicking in the appropriate buttons. The Final Exit button leaves the application.




Business Russian. User Guide                                                                            Page 9