Course Content and Outcome Guide for RUS 150

Course Number:
RUS 150
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. Completion of RUS 150-151 is equivalent to RUS 101-102-103. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

For beginners. This course is the first term of a two-term sequence. Students begin developing the five language skills: speaking, listening,
writing, reading and culture. Emphasizes proficiency in spoken Russian. This course is conducted primarily in Russian.  Recommended: enrollment in
RUS 111C when offered.


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 tense.
2. Apply circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating selected real world situations in Russian.
3. Recognize and identify 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 and apply 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. Russian name system
4. Numbers 1-100
5. Nationality and age
6. Family members
7. Professions
8. Places in the city
9. Personal interests and activities
10. Classes and studies
11. Personal possessions
12. Physical descriptions of people and things
13. Gender system for nouns
14. Possessive adjectives
15. Introduction to case: the dative for age
16. Prepositional case for location
17. Nominative plural of nouns
18. Present tense
19. Accusative case for direct objects
20. Genitive case for possession and lack of possession
21. Adjectives in the nominative case
22. The dative case for expressing likes and dislikes

Competencies and Skills:
1. Writes cursive in cyrillic
2. Reads printed 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. Asks for and gives directions using a map
6. Describes self and others: interests, age and personal attributes
7. Gives simple descriptions of objects
8. Formulates simple questions and answers
9. Identifies and names objects
10. Writes lists and discrete sentenses
11. Reads and understands short letters and texts
12. Comprehends slow native speech highly controlled/contextualized setting.
13. Recognizes basic cultural differences