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The materials on this page have been used at the University of Kansas in Russian language classes at various levels for various purposes. Suggestions for teachers will be available here soon.



Selected stories from Tolstoy’s A Russian Reader with marked stress, a complete audio recording and mouse-over glosses of difficult words. Intended for students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Russian.

Пу́шкин, Алекса́ндр Серге́евич

In this selection from the first chapter of Eugene Onegin we become acquainted with the hero and we learn about his biography. Read the Russian text while listening to the actor Smoktunovskii's recording of the text.

Чехов, Антон Павлович

Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature. Advanced level materials.


Russian paintings on this page will serve as a creative stimulus for your last essay. All the pictures here show the way of life, a moment in life.

A Day without Lying
День без вранья

Online materials not included in the published text. The list of reading strategies should help you through some denser parts of the story, and encourage you to read for meaning. You will also find helps for completing the fill-in tasks that conclude each section of the story.

Task-Based Language Teaching
Task-Based Language Teaching

Video to accompany William Comer's article "Implementing Task-based Teaching from the Ground Up: Considerations for Lesson Planning and Classroom Practice" Russian Language Journal 57 (2007):181-203.  KU ScholarWorks.

История одной семьи

On this set of pages you will read and listen to stories about an extended family that has lived in Russia and other parts of the Soviet Union in the twentieth century.

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Professor William Comer
Russian Language Coordinator
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Office: 2137 Wescoe
Telephone: 785-864-2348
E-mail: wjcomer@ku.edu