Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Russian (Division 466)


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.

403. Fourth-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 302 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 401 or 402. (8). (Excl).

This intensive course will reinforce the first three years of work in Russian, and will aim for advanced competence in all four language skills. The more complex aspects of Russian syntax will be given special attention, and vocabulary building will be emphasized. Every student will be expected to play an active part in class discussions. A wide variety of contemporary Russian-language materials will be used, including recent journalism, fiction, poetry, songs, films, and Russian television programs. Evaluation is based on in-class performance, quality of written work, performance in tests and examinations, and a final proficiency interview. Students completing this course should reach initial graduate-school level for Russian studies. They should be able to read and write fluently in Russian, and should feel at home speaking Russian in almost any situation. As with every intensive course, the work load is heavy, but the results for the committed student will be very rewarding.

413. Business Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).

This course is planned for advanced Russian students above third year who are oriented toward economics or business. In particular this would target seniors seeking experience in international business and graduate students in the Center for Russian and East European Studies Master's Degree program (or in various departments, who either wish to pursue employment opportunities in business or government or who wish to get a Ph.D. in economics, political science, or history). Students will be expected to learn format and jargon for various types of business communication. Quizzes and examinations will be given as appropriate, both written and oral. No final examinations. Business Russian by Nyusya Milman will be the primary textbook.

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

143. Intensive First Year Czech. No credit granted to those who have completed Czech 142. (8). (LR).

This course introduces students to the basic grammatical and communicative structures of Czech, focusing on the development of fundamental language skills. J. Naughton's Colloquial Czech is used as a point of departure, with supplemental exercises and reference materials drawn from contemporary sources. Cost:1 (Brodska).

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

173/Armenian 173. Intensive First-Year Armenian. (8). (LR).

These courses are designed for students with no previous knowledge of Western Armenian or Eastern Armenian (the official state language of Armenia). A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian by K.B. Bardakjian and R.W. Thomson will be used for Western Armenian 173. A textbook of Eastern Armenian has been specially prepared by K.B. Bardakjian and Hasmig Babajanian.

183/Armenian 183. Intensive First-Year Eastern Armenian. (8). (Excl).

See Armenian 173.

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