Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RUS 201
Course Title:
Second Year Russian
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Course Description

Continues the work of first year Russian, reviewing, expanding, and perfecting pronunciation, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of first year Russian at college level or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
2. Communicate using significant repetition, rephrasing, and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
3. Write using paragraph-length connected discourse to narrate and describe in present, past and future time frames and using all six cases with
limited accuracy.
4. Recognize and interpret some cultural behaviors and attitudes within the Russian-speaking world in  relation to one€™s own cultural perspective.
5. Further analyze historical and cultural movements in the target culture in relation to key works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts.
6. Further apply strategies for analyzing and responding to limited 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 about hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour.

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)

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Include all or most of the following:

  1. Hobbies and interests-extended activity vocabulary
  2. Use of infinitive verbs with хотеть, мочь, уметь
  3. Review of present tense formation
  4. Review of past tense formation
  5. Impersonal expressions with dative case pronouns, singular and plural nouns
  6. Review of nominative case adjective endings
  7. Review of adverb formation and usage-adjectives versus adverbs
  8. Review of direct objects in the accusative case for singular nouns and adjectives
  9. Extended verbs that require direct objects in accusative case
  10. Indirect objects in the dative case for singular and plural nouns and adjectives
  11. Extended verbs that take dative case
  12. Instrumental case for singular and plural nouns and adjectives
  13. Popular leisure activities in Russia
  14. Environmental problems with littering in Russia
  15. Russian concept of friendship
  16. Animal vocabulary
  17. Describing animals and pets
  18. Pets and problems with homeless animals in Russia
  19. Animate accusative plural for nouns and adjectives.
  20. Furniture and room vocabulary
  21. Describing objects in a room using expanded adjectives
  22. Review of stating possession and lack of with у меня есть/нет.
  23. Genitive singular adjective endings
  24. Housing in Russia
  25. Urban versus rural living in Russia
  26. Prepositional singular and plural for nouns and adjectives
  27. Formation and use of genitive plural
  28. Using numbers with nouns and adjectives
  29. Prepositions of location and their case governance
  30. Expanded of food vocabulary
  31.             Meal etiquette and Russian cuisine
  32.             Measurements and quantities + parative genitive
  33. Buying food and preparing Russian dishes

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Manages basic interactions and discussions about current and past interests and hobbies, animals and pets, housing, food preferences, making food purchases, planning a meal and preparing food
  2. Speaks in the present tense with a high degree of accuracy
  3. Speaks in the past and future tenses with limited accuracy for correct verbal aspect
  4. Speaks using the six cases with limited accuracy
  5. Communicates using significant repetition, rephrasing, and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers
  6. Comprehends slower native speech in a highly contextual setting
  7. Writes a single paragraph on a variety of topics using present, past and future tenses and the six cases with limited accuracy
  8. Reads and understand the main ideas and details of limited authentic texts including Russian folk tales, children€™s literature, satiric short stories.
  9. Uses contextual and linguistic clues to deduce the meaning of new vocabulary
  10. Recognizes and interprets cultural behaviors and attitudes about hobbies, friendship, nature, littering, pets, housing, and food traditions and meal etiquette in relation to one€™s own cultural perspective.