Course Content and Outcome Guide for RUS 103

Course Number:
RUS 103
Course Title:
First Year Russian
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Course Description

Continues the work of RUS 102. Emphasizes active communication in Russian. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. Recommended: Completion of RUS 102 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

RUS 103 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and it is the third 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 a selected variety of settings using the present, past and future tenses.
2. Further develop circumlocution and inference skills when navigating a variety of real world situations in Russian.
3. Reflect on linguistic and cultural diversity within the Russian-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one€™s own culture.
4. Develop a broader understanding of important historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art and performing arts in the target language.
5. Expand and strengthen 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)

Course Content: Themes, Concepts and Issues
    Include all or most of the following:
1. Food and drink in Russia
2. Colors
3. Public transportation in Russia
4. Talking about weekly schedules
5. Telling time
6. Expressing need
7. Holidays and celebrations in Russia
8. Making purchases
9. Instrumental case without preposition and instrumental plural
10. Stating destination with accusative case
11. Adjectives in the accusative
12. Aspect-imperfective/perfective verb pairs
13. Use of imperfective and perfective past tenses
14. Numbers 1-100,000
15. Indirect objects with dative case
Competencies and Skills:
1. Describes daily and weekly routines in past and future
2. Manages very basic interactions in stores, restaurants and domestic settings.
3. Talks about past and future activities
6. Formulates questions and answers
7. Follows basic directions
8. Writes strings of sentences
9. Reads and understands the main ideas in simple texts
10. Recognize cultural differences
11. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly contextual setting
12. Makes himself/herself understood by a native speaker accustomed to non-native speakers.