Slavic Languages and Literatures


Spring 1997


Courses in Russian (Division 466)

355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

See Russian 355 (Summer Term).


Summer 1997


Courses in Russian (Division 466)

Language

103/RC Core 193. Intensive First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 111, or 112. (8). (LR).

An intensive course, covering the material usually covered in regular year-long first-year courses. Using as the primary text Russian Stage One, this course will take the beginner to a level of basic fluency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Speaking skills are given special emphasis. Student will also be introduced to all of the basics of Russian grammar (declension, conjugation, and other fundamental structural patterns). Assessment is based on in-class performance, quality of written assignments, tests and examinations, and a final oral proficiency interview. The work load is heavy, but the committed student who begins this course with no knowledge of the language whatever will make rapid and very satisfying progress.

203/RC Core 293. Intensive Second Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Russian 201 or 202. (8). (LR).

An intensive course, using Russian Stage Two as the primary text. The course aims to expand dramatically students' command of practical Russian vocabulary and the committed student should, by the end of Russian 203, be able to function relatively comfortably in essential real-life Russian language situations. Authentic language materials are used extensively, and students who have successfully completed this course are ready to consider study in Russia. Assessment is based on in-class performance, quality of written assignments, tests and examinations, and a final oral proficiency interview. The work load is heavy, and timely completion of the daily assignments is essential for success, but students who have a solid grounding in the basics of Russian grammar and who are ready for the demands of an intensive course will find this course very rewarding.

303. Third-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 203 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 301 or 302. (8). (Excl).

This proficiency-oriented course reviews and deepens knowledge of Russian grammar and syntax, introduces word-building and idioms, and substantially expands vocabulary through the use of original twentieth-century prose readings, contemporary films, electronic and print media, rock music, and other authentic popular and everyday materials. Great emphasis is placed upon active student participation in class and on the even development of all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Many class activities and homework assignments are modeled on the linguistic requirements and real-life situations of the New Russia. Russian is the only language used in class. Commitment to participation inside the class room and to hard work on assignments at home and in the language laboratory is essential. Students are evaluated on the basis of in-class performance, written assignments, tests and examinations, and an oral proficiency interview conducted at the end of the course. Students who complete Russian 303 should be able to participate readily in conversations with native speakers of Russian, to write relatively complex Russian, and to read most kinds of Russian texts quite fluently with the aid of a dictionary.


Literature

355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

Students develop a term-long reading and writing project on a topic or topics in Russian literary or linguistic studies, in consultation with a member of the faculty. Readings may include substantial amounts of Russian. Weekly meetings with the supervisor may be conducted in English or Russian. Writing assignments made according to the number of credit hours elected, but must correspond to the writing expectations of upper-level department courses.


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