Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RUS 102
Course Title:
First Year Russian
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Course Description

Continues the work of RUS 101. Emphasizes active communication in Russian. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, and culture. Recommended: Completion of RUS 101 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

RUS 102 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and it is the second 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 common interactions, in both oral and written forms, in predictable settings using the present and beginning work in the past tense.
2. Apply circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating selected real world situations in Russian.
3. Identify a limited range of linguistic and cultural diversity within the Russian speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one€™s own culture.
4. Develop a limited understanding of selected historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art and performing arts in the target language.
5. Apply some strategies for analyzing authentic materials in the target language.

Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare oral and written homework assignments. Students may meet with the teacher in conferences. After the introduction to the course, Russian will be used in the classroom at all times. Students should plan to spend one hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour.

1. Lecture
2. Oral and written partner activities
3. Large group activities
4. Games
5. Videos
6. Internet activities
7. Listening comprehension
8. Music
9. Cultural presentations

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. Personal interests and activities

            2. играть в/на + sports and musical instruments

            3. Music and sports in Russia

            4. Expanded Type I verbs

            5. Adverb formation and word order

            6. Accusative case for direct objects-inanimate and animate singular nouns and inanimate     plural nouns

            7. Preposition «Ð¾» with prepositional singular case

            8. Great Russian writers and their works

            8. University classes and studies vocabulary

            9. Verbs of studying изучать/учить/учиться

            10. Russian educational system

            11. Accusative pronoun replacement

            12. Languages-use of по with certain verbs

            13. Countries where Russian is spoken

            14. Expressing likes and dislikes with любить + infinitive

            15. Type II verb conjugations

            16. овать/евать verb conjugations

            17. Reflexive verb учиться €“correct spelling of reflexive particle

            18. Russian artists and dancers

            19. Expanded daily activities in present, past, and future tenses

            20. Formation of imperfective past and future tenses

            21. Preposition с + instrumental case-singular nouns

            22. Technology vocabulary and personal possessions

            23. Possession and lack of possession using у меня есть/нет + genitive case

            24. Describing people and things using nominative case adjectives

            25. Nominative case adjectives endings for singular and plural nouns

            26. Russian capital Moscow-history and monuments

Competencies and Skills:

            1. Manages basic interactions about interests and hobbies, school, childhood, past    and      future activities, family and personal possessions

            2. Gives simple descriptions of objects and people using proper adjective endings

            3. Describes activities in present tense with good accuracy

            4. Describes past and future activities using imperfective past and future with limited           accuracy

            5. Formulates simple questions and answers

            6. Follows basic directions

            7. Writes basic sentences using grammar learned.

            8. Reads and understands short letters, texts and thematically related authentic materials

            9. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly predictable setting.

            10. Recognizes basic cultural differences