SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Courses in Russian (Division 466)

Language

102. First-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 101 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 103, 111, or 112. (FL).

In this course, the sequel to Russian 101, students complete their survey of Russian grammar, expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves in Russian about topics of interest including Russian and Soviet history and culture. The class is conducted entirely in Russian and is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. Classes meet ten hours per week, students are expected to spend at least two hours a week listening to tapes in the language lab and should expect approximately 25 hours of homework a week; in order to cover the material required for students choosing to go on to 203 in Summer Term. Texts: RUSSIAN, 3rd edition , Ben Clark. Coursepack of supplementary materials (including excerpts from Lipson) available at Kinko's on East Liberty. Students entering 102 should have already covered the following concepts in their first term: the printed and cursive alphabets, reduction of unstressed vowels, basic intonation patterns, gender of nouns, agreement of noun/adjective, hard/soft endings of nouns in the nominative case, nominative case plural, accusative singular, prepositional singular, accusative plural inanimate cases of nouns, adjectives and pronouns, past and future tenses (imperfective only) of personal and impersonal constructions, the modals "nado" and "nuzhno" and genitive case for personal pronouns only, distinction between multidirectional and unidirectional verbs of motion.

303. Third-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 203 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 301 or 302. (N.Excl).

Third-year Intensive Russian begins with the assumption that the basic aspects of the language have been assimilated, and therefore emphasizes the practical skills-reading, writing, and speaking. Difficult grammatical points are reviewed, vocabulary is greatly enlarged, idiomatic constructions are studied, work on modern conversational Russian. It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussions. Students are also expected to make intensive use of the language lab after class. The class meets 20 hours per week and students are expected to complete 25-30 hours of homework per week. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation, translations, compositions written at home and an oral interview conducted by the end of the term. Texts: CONTINUING WITH RUSSIAN, Townsend; (course pack) readings in Russian culture and literature; RUSSIAN ROOT LIST and WORKBOOK, Gribble and Browning and BOOK OF RUSSIAN IDIOMS ILLUSTRATED, Dubrovin.


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