Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RUS 202
Course Title:
Second Year Russian
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Course Description

Continuation of RUS 201. Continues to expand structure and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of RUS 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Handle a wider range of communicative tasks in selected social situations.
2. Communicate more effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
3. Further apply discourse to narrate and describe in more detail and length using a variety of time frames and all six cases with greater accuracy.
4. Expand understanding of cultural similarities and differences within the Russian-speaking world in relation to one€™s own cultural perspective.
5. Deepen understanding of historical and cultural movements through analysis of selected words of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts.
6. Analyze and develop responses to selected 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)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Expanded clothes vocabulary
  2. Describing what someone is wearing using носить or в + prepositional case
  3. Clothes and clothing traditions in Russia
  4. Body part and appearance vocabulary
  5. Stating physical appearance
  6. Body language in Russia
  7. Personality traits vocabulary
  8. Use of instrumental case after быть
  9. Review and expansion of verbal aspect pairs
  10. Review and expansion of verbal aspect in past tense
  11. Russian fairy and folk tales for understanding verbal aspect in past tense
  12. Formation of perfective future
  13. Review and expansion of verbal aspect in future tense
  14. Time expressions for narration
  15. Expanded verbs for daily activities and routines
  16. Stating needs and obligations- надо/нужно/должен/нужен
  17. Expansion of sequencing vocabulary
  18. Telling time using ordinal number and без + genitive system
  19. Ordinal numbers in nominative and genitive cases
  20. Numbers in genitive case with telling time and с/до
  21. Russian banya traditions
  22. Stating dates and years
  23. Russian holiday traditions and greetings
  24. Gift giving etiquette
  25. Russian and Soviet historical events
  26. Life event verbs
  27. Russian wedding traditions

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Manages more detailed interactions and discussions about physical appearance and personality, daily routines, past and future activities, holidays, giving gifts, historical events, and major milestones in life
  2. Speaks in the present and past tenses with a high degree of accuracy
  3. Speaks in the future tense with increasing accuracy
  4. Speaks using the six cases with increasing accuracy
  5. Communicates more effectively with circumlocution and some rephrasing with a native speaker accustomed to non-native speakers.
  6. Comprehends normal rate native speech in a highly contextual setting.
  7. Writes longer paragraphs or multiple paragraphs on a variety of topics using present, past and future tenses and the six cases with greater accuracy
  8. Reads and understands the main ideas and details of selected authentic texts including Russian folk tales, children€™s literature, short stories
  9. Uses contextual and linguistic clues to consistently deduce the meaning of new vocabulary
  10. Analyzes and writes short written responses to authentic materials including works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts.
  11. Recognizes and interprets cultural similarities and differences about clothing and personal hygiene, body language, daily schedules, holiday traditions, wedding traditions, and gift giving practices in relation to one€™s own cultural perspective