The “Диалог” manual (elementary level) is suitable for older adolescent and adult learners who seek proficiency in Russian that corresponds to the A1 stage, as determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A learner normally reaches this stage after 80-120 academic hours of learning.
The manual favors an approach that prioritizes authentic communicative tasks that will furnish the learner with the competence necessary to interact in a number of real world contexts: conversations with friends or colleagues, in both private and professional settings, in public places, as well as in formal and informal situations.
The manual’s lexico-grammar content, which includes written and oral production tasks, promote an intercultural exchange of knowledge, place the learner in authentic contexts for communicative purposes, thereby helping them adapt to actual situations that they would encounter as someone living in a Russian-speaking environment. Some examples to consider: ordering food in a restaurant, shopping, making a personal or professional appointment, accepting or rejecting an invitation, contributing to a conversation on diverse topics like “family”, “work”, “leisure “,”interests”, “holidays and vacations”, “travel”, “projects”.