Course Content and Outcome Guide for RUS 101

Course Number:
RUS 101
Course Title:
First Year Russian
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Course Description

Emphasizes active communication in beginning Russian. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. For beginners. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

RUS 101 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and it is the first term of a three term sequence which equals one full year of Russian. This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts as an elective for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the general education requirement for other associate degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Manage basic interactions, in both oral and written forms, in highly predictable settings using basic vocabulary in the present tense.
2. Develop circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating a limited number of real world situations in Russian.
3. Recognize linguistic and cultural diversity within the Russian-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one€™s own culture.
4. Identify selected historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art, music, film and/or performing arts in the target language.
5. Acquire strategies for analyzing authentic materials in the target language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Active participation in class
2. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural and aural competencies
3. Oral interviews with instructor
4. In class, interactive student role-plays and other pair activities
5. Individual and group presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

    Include all or most of the following:
1. The Russian alphabet
2. Greetings, introductions and leave-takings
3. Numbers 1-100 
4. Nationality
5. Family members
6. Personal information about self and family-age, residence, profession.
7. Places in the city
8. St. Petersburg
9. Housing in Russia
10. Gender system for nouns
11. Possessive adjectives
12. Introduction to case: the dative for age
13. Prepositional case for location
14. Nominative plural of nouns
15. Present tense of Type I verbs
Competencies and Skills:
1. Writes cursive in Cyrillic
2. Reads printed and cursive Cyrillic
3. Manages introductions, greetings, leave taking and exchanges basic personal information in a culturally appropriate manner
4. Says numbers and does basic math
5. Describes self and others: interests, age and personal attributes
6. Formulates simple questions and answers
7. Identifies and names objects
8. Writes lists and discrete sentences
9. Reads and understands very simple letters and texts
10. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly controlled/contextualized setting.
11. Recognizes basic cultural differences