About the RAILS Project

The RAILS: Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series Project, funded by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education, has developed a series of 30 online, interactive video-based listening comprehension lessons for intermediate-advanced level students of Russian.

The RAILS lessons are based on excerpts from the films Solovky Power and Children of Ivan Kuzmich by Marina Goldovskaya, and on original, video-taped interviews with prominent Russians such as Irina Khakamada, Sergei Khrushchev, and Veniamin Smekhov. Click on the links above and to the left to learn more about the RAILS project and the lessons, and to download the lessons to use in your intermediate-advanced Russian language courses.

Check out our online demo for a quick overview of how the RAILS lessons are organized.

The RAILS project was a collaborative effort of faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature (now the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic), the Language Institute, Letters & Science Learning Support Services, and the Division of Information Technology, under the directorship of Professor Benjamin Rifkin.

JANUARY 2021 update: The RAILS lessons are currently being revised by a team led by Dr. Shannon Spasova, Michigan State University. (The original RAILS lessons were created using Flash, which is no longer supported.) The updated lessons, when ready, will be made freely available to faculty and to students. In the meantime, video clips from the RAILS lessons are available on YouTube.



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