RCLANG 333 - RUSLAN Service Learning: Russian Language, Culture, and People in the U.S.
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Native proficiency or one course in Russian language, literature, culture, or history.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The RUSLAN project and the course will focus on providing language, living and socio-cultural shift assistance to the Washtenaw County Russophone community through translation and interpreting, ESL tutoring for adults and seniors, language exchange partnerships, help with household chores and companionship for the homebound, computer literacy tutorials, and other activities. We will be working primarily with seniors from the Former Soviet Union, who need help with learning English, acquiring basic computer skills, and serve as friendly visitors to the homebound.

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. In the on-campus element of the course, we explore the history, nature and features of Russian immigration in the U.S. and the social issues, needs and problems facing local Russian community, especially seniors, and discuss the reasons for renewed interest in Russian culture among Americans and at the local school level. We will also work on the development of service reflection skills, analyze and debate on service situations and work on developing job skills necessary to perform project services effectively and beneficially for everyone involved. A series of reading and viewing assignments examine historical, cultural, social, and linguistic issues, enabling students to integrate the service component of the course into a broad intellectual model of the situation of Russian-speakers and the image of Russia in America today.

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 placed into one or two regular service activities and have an opportunity to sign up for occasional service activities (e.g., the quarterly county job distribution program, senior trips to concerts, gift delivery program, etc.). Students will be evaluated based on their class attendance and participation, group work, written assignments and service evaluation by the community organization, clients and the instructor.

RCLANG 333 - RUSLAN Service Learning: Russian Language, Culture, and People in the U.S.
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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