Roland Sussex is Professor Emeritus, Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology and School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of St Lucia (Queensland, Australia).
A Soviet Russian textbook for teaching English to Russians, published in 1940, provides insights into issues of the relation be-tween the cultural context of the learners, the cultural content of the target language and culture, and the use of language textbooks to serve the purposes of ideology and propaganda. Unlike contemporary textbooks, which prepare learners for communicating in the target language and culture in the target country, this textbook is firmly situated in the Soviet Russian reality of 1940, and provides an English language code for communicating about Soviet Russian life and realia. It nonetheless stands as a sound achievement, supported by audio enhanced pedagogy, and one which helps us to reflect on the relationship between first and second language, and first and second culture, in textbook pedagogy and curriculum.
Key words: language teaching, culture, methodology, ideology, Russia, English language.