RUSSIAN 103 - Intensive First-Year Russian
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted from only one course among RUSSIAN 103, 111, 123, or RCLANG 193. No credit is granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 101 or 102.
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is designed to introduce students to Russian language and culture through a variety of reading, listening, writing and speaking activities, all aimed at the development of intermediate communicative competence. It provides students with a basic, but solid knowledge of grammar and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with basic intonational patterns and pronunciation, and practice in speaking, reading, writing, listening, as well as an elementary knowledge of Russian culture. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: understand simple written texts or short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary; satisfy most immediate writing needs in the form of notes and brief personal correspondence; and carry on a short, elementary conversation, dealing with survival situations, asking and answering questions, speaking in complete sentences, and creating with the language (Intermediate Low proficiency on the ACTFL scale). The socio-cultural knowledge acquired should enable students to function successfully in Russian printed and spoken language. Morning lectures are devoted to grammar practice, while in the afternoon section the students work on all four of their language skills and develop vocabulary. Three hours of co-curricular conversational activities (Russian tables and teas), weekly vocabulary quizzes, biweekly tests and a final written and oral exam.

Recommended for students wishing to make rapid but solid progress in Russian and for students planning to concentrate in Russian or REES. No previous knowledge of Russian is required or assumed.

Required textbooks and materials:

  1. Textbook: Lubensky, Sophia et al. both Nachalo: Book 1 and Book 2. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001.
  2. Workbook for Nachalo: Book 1 and Book 2.
  3. 2 Listening Comprehension CDs (1 for each book), accompanying the textbook.

Recommended, but not required:

  1. The Russian Reference Grammar: Core Grammar in Functional Context by J. Watzke, J.Sweigert, Jr., Kendall/Hunt1997, ISBN 0-7872-4467-8.
  2. Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary by Katzner.
  3. Video and video guide for Book 1 and Book 2 (otherwise available through and for optional purchase at bookstores).
  4. A set of audio CDs that accompanies both workbooks containing lab assignments for homework (otherwise available through course website at: and for optional purchase at bookstores).

RUSSIAN 103 - Intensive First-Year Russian
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MTuThF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (REC)
MTuThF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780471867630
English-Russian, Russian-English dictionary, Author: Katzner, Kenneth., Publisher: Wiley 1984
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780072309515
Workbook/laboratory manual to accompany Nachalo, second edition, book 1, Author: Ruth Warner ... [et al.]., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 2001
ISBN: 9780072309522
Nachalo : work book 2, Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill 2003
ISBN: 9780072433937
Nachalo bk 1 + listen.comp CD, Author: Lubensky et al, Publisher: McGraw Hill 2ND 2002
ISBN: 9780072433968
Nachalo (bk2) + listen.comp CD, Author: Lubensky et al, Publisher: McGraw Hill 2ND 2002
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