'Rasskaz-sensatsiya' ('The Story Sensation') is the first in the series of unconventional Russian language textbooks (Russian readers or Russian easy readers) for Elementary/Pre-Intermediate levels (A1-A2).
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The books written in the form of fun to read detective lines follow the continuing story of George, a Guadeloupean banker embarking on a journey that sees his day to day life set against a series of most peculiar events. In the third book 'Rasskaz-kanonizatsiya' there also is a second, historical storyline, following a Russian professor who fled his country after the Bolshevik 1917 Revolution. Their lives cross… in the book.
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Based on years of his language teaching experience Ignaty was keen to write a series of stories that would teach useful vocabulary and grammar after some of his business clients complained that existing textbooks were boring and had no relation to real life.
“I was inspired by the talent of Mikhail Bulgakov, who mastered the skill of talking about complex subjects in an ironic form, I began writing the book which you can now see”, says Ignaty Dyakov.
So his textbooks are fascinating detective stories with characters from different cultural backgrounds meeting in Guadeloupe, Russia and Europe. They live, love, work and relax. And most importantly they fight the world's evil, show exceptional ethics both in life and their work and give us better understanding of what is kinder and ethical life.
Mr Dyakov said: “There is an understanding that a textbook nowadays should be kind, humorous and inviting as there is far too much negativity around us, especially in the media and on social networks”.
Applied in all Ignaty’s books is an innovative and unusual textbook technique, which has already received much acclaim from eminent Russian specialists.
“Undoubtedly, this textbook makes language learning more fun, interesting and thus less challenging. It can be recommended as an addition to any Russian language textbook for A1-B1 levels - your students will definitely succeed and progress in Russian language learning!” says Professor Galina Levina, vice-provost of The Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, about Ignaty Dyakov's second book, “The Story Provocation”.
And on the first book Professor Lyudmila Verbitskaya, President of St Petersburg State University said: “Unconventional material… Specifics of the pedagogical technology suggested by the author are based on the text principle and oriented at active learning and development of the creative language personality… The work laudably impresses and can be used as a textbook for foreign learners.”
All books have been tested on Ignaty's students who confirm that the story line keeps them intrigued and motivated to read more. This technique helps develop their language skills, and makes the learning process more bearable, if not enjoyable.
Much of the books is conducted in dialogues, and there are lists of new words and questions for conversation practice in every chapter. The stories are written in slightly simplified Russian, to aid recognising and memorising grammar structures.
The audio-versions are available. Wholesale orders are to be placed via Russia Local Ltd (London).
The textbooks have been published and recorded with generous support by Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Gallus Consulting, Russian National Tourist Office, Mr Guy Willner (publisher of “Stranger in Saint Petersburg” by Vesla Stranger), Mr Raheem Shapi, ctms Corporate Travel Agency, Russia Local Ltd, Roxy Art Ltd.
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About the Author
Biography Ignaty Dyakov is a London-based professional Russian language teacher with Master's degrees in Linguistics and The Political Economy of Russia. He is the author of three unconventional Russian language textbooks (available as paper-backs and audio-books) now used at universities, schools, language courses all over the world. Native of Saint Petersburg he moved to London in 2008 where some time later he established Russia Local Ltd. (http://www.russianinlondon.com), a language-based consultancy which helps international businesses expand in Russia. Russian language training is where the company started and is still a core element of the business. Ignaty's clients are now based in the UK, France, Luxembourg, China, Hong Kong and Russia. They come from all walks of life and work in different areas, e.g. finance and banking, law, architecture, politics and administration. Ignaty's first-hand experience of running a business helps him better understand their needs and requirements. Nevertheless, he continuously develops his skills and this is recognised by the number of awards he has received which include scholarships and grants named after the Russian President and Government, awards from the Ministry for Science and Education and Interros investment fund, as well as a Shell LiveWire 'Grand Ideas' award. He is a member of the Society of Authors, Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (UK). He got to the final of the world-wide "Best Russian language teacher outside Russia" award in 2015. He was unable to take part in the final itself due to unexpectedly found tongue cancer which entailed very invasive treatment. Ignaty has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, interviewed by Thomson Reuters, The Voice of Russia, REN TV and BBC Radio 5 Live. He is an eager speaker on doing business in Russia and the Russian language matters; he is frequently invited to talk on different occasions. He enjoys reading, playing chess and learning to play golf, travelling and vegetarian cooking.