Course Content and Outcome Guide for RUS 201

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.

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)

Includes all or most of the following:

  1. Hobbies and interests
  2. Popular leisure activities in Russia
  3. Environmental problems with littering in Russia
  4. Review of present tense
  5. Review of adjectives in the nominative case
  6. Review of direct objects in the accusative case (nouns and adjectives)
  7. Review of indirect objects in the dative case (nouns and adjectives)
  8. Review of instrumental case (nouns and adjectives)
  9. Describing animals and pets
  10. Pets and homeless animals in Russia
  11. Animate accusative plural
  12. Furniture and rooms in a house
  13. Housing in Russia
  14. Urban versus rural Russia
  15. Describing objects in a room
  16. Review of possession and lack of using the genitive case
  17. Formation and use of genitive plural
  18. Using numbers with nouns and adjectives
  19. Prepositions of location
  20. Review and expansion of food vocabulary
  21. Meal etiquette and Russian cuisine
  22. Measurements and quantities
  23. Partative genitive
  24. Buying food and preparing Russian dishes

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Manages basic discussions about interests, hobbies, present and past activities, animals and pets, housing, food preferences, preparing food, and meal etiquette.
  2. Speak in the present tense with a high degree of accuracy
  3. Speak in the past and future tenses with limited accuracy of correct aspect
  4. Speak using the six cases with limited accuracy
  5. Communicate using significant repetition, rephrasing, and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
  6. Comprehend slower native speech in a highly contextual setting.
  7. Write a single paragraph on a variety of topics using present, past and future tenses and the six cases with limited accuracy
  8. Read and understand the main ideas and details of limited authentic texts including Russian folk tales, children€™s literature, satiric short stories
  9. Use contextual and linguistic clues to deduce the meaning of new vocabulary
  10. Recognize and interpret cultural behaviors and attitudes about hobbies, childhood, pets, housing and food in relation to one€™s own cultural perspective