RUSSIAN 316 - Russian Service Learning in Action Network (RUSLAN)
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Native proficiency or one course in Russian language, literature, culture, or history.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The Russophone community in the Ann Arbor area has grown exponentially over the last 20 years as many Russian-speakers from the former Soviet Union have moved here. Moreover, Russian-speaking children are adopted in large numbers by American families, and our area is no exception -- 25% of all adoptions from abroad are from Russia. The RUSLAN project will focus on providing language, living and socio-cultural shift assistance to the Russophone community through translation and interpreting, language exchange partnerships, bilingual and biliteracy tutoring for children, help with household chores and companionship, exercise and walking program for seniors, computer literacy tutorials, patient advocacy and other activities. We will also provide Russian cultural education and lessons to American children in the local schools within the global studies and world history curriculum.

This course is oriented towards all learners of Russian language, history and culture who want to apply and improve their newly acquired language skills and area-studies knowledge by directly and personally engaging with the local Russophone community, and with Anglophones interested in Russia. All levels of Russian proficiency are accommodated, while some activities require no knowledge of Russian. Based on their academic and language backgrounds, students will be invited to select a regular service activity (e.g., tutoring, companionship, translation) and/or sign up for one or more occasional ones (e.g., the quarterly county job distribution program, senior trips to concerts, etc.). Students will be engaged in service 2-3 hrs per week and will meet twice a week in class to receive training, discuss assigned articles, debrief on their specific service situations and debate on the issues dealing with their service experiences, as well as share their insights, self- and peer-evaluate within their own focus group. A weekly structured academic/civic reflection journal and a final report will summarize and analyze the different experiences/challenges and will allow the students to analyze different problems and solutions that they encountered, as well as make well-supported recommendation to our community partners towards improving the results of community work.

RUSSIAN 316 - Russian Service Learning in Action Network (RUSLAN)
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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