Coursera . About Siberia. A Russian course to practice your Russian skills.
The course will give answers to the questions about Siberia that are frequently asked by foreigners: What is it rich in? What its nature and climate conditions? What people live here and what do they do? How is a Siberian town or a village organized? What nationalities live on the territory of Tomsk and Tomsk region? How national traditions are maintained? How the wooden architecture is being preserved? What Tomsk students took part at the Olympic games? This course will provide learners with an opportunity to practice different types of speech activity in Russian (listening, reading, and writing); to enrich their vocabulary with lexical units that are not typical in manuals “Russian as a foreign language”; to improve their grammar skills. On completing the course the learners will be able to use their knowledge about Siberia in such subjects as the history of Russia, Russian language and area studies, and Russian culture. These skills and knowledge will be useful for foreign citizens who travel around Russia.
Yo!! This sounds great, I've been interested in this stuff for a while too. I'll give it a shot even if my Russian ain't the best.
There are two prices -- free, or not much, take your pick. Free gets you all the lectures, not much gets your identity verified so you can get whatever credit comes with the course. I chose free. There is no risk., you should sign up and then decide. I think the cost is between $50 and $75 if you want to be a verified student. You can drop the class at will. It's an amazing deal and there are many incredible classes available besides this one, but this one looks great.