Course Content and Outcome Guide for RUS 203

Course Number:
RUS 203
Course Title:
Second Year Russian
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Course Description

Continuation of RUS 202. Continues to expand structure and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of RUS 202 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Manage most communicative tasks in a variety of social situations.
2. Communicate effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with most native speakers.
3. Narrate and describe with increased detail and length using a variety of time frames and modes and all six cases with consistent accuracy.
4. Understand the values underlying cultural behaviors and attitudes within the Russian-speaking world and how it relates to one€™s own cultural perspective.
5. Compare and contrast historical and cultural movements through analysis of selected words of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts
from the target culture.
6. Analyze and develop responses to hypothetical and increasingly complex ideas in a variety of authentic material 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. Describing motion and routes
  2. Making comparisons
  3. Giving commands
  4. Russian superstitions and proverbs
  5. Professions and careers
  6. Hypothetical conditions
  7. Russian art
  8. Prefixed verbs of motion
  9. Comparative adjectives
  10. Imperative forms of verbs
  11. Conditional mood
  12. Subjunctive mood
  13. Instumental case with professions and verbs "interesovat'sa" and "stat'"
  14. Relative pronoun "kotoryj" in all cases
  15. Introduction to present active and past active participles, and gerunds

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Gives commands, makes comparisons, describes routes, discusses professions in short paragraph length utterances.
  2. Manages more complex interactions in familiar situations covering a variety of topics in a culturally appropriate way
  3. Correctly uses aspect in both past and future tenses but not consistently
  4. Formulates more complex questions and answers
  5. Follows more complex directions
  6. Writes in multiple paragraphs
  7. Reads and understands the main ideas and details of more complex texts and authentic materials
  8. Recognizes cultural differences
  9. Comprehends average speed native speech in a familiar setting.
  10. Makes himself/herself understood by a native speaker accustomed to non-native speakers.