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Course Number:
RUS 101
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. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

RUS 101 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and it is the first term of a three term sequence which equals one full year of Russian. This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts as an elective for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the general education requirement for other associate degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Manage basic interactions, in both oral and written forms, in highly predictable settings using basic vocabulary in the present tense.
2. Develop circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating a limited number of real world situations in Russian.
3. Recognize 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 strategies for analyzing 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 one 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. The Russian alphabet-sound system

            2. Writing in cursive

            3. Geography of Russia and ethnic diversity

            4. Greetings, introductions and leave-takings

            5. Russian name system

            6. Famous Russians and their achievements

            7. Numbers 1-100 

            8. Personal pronouns

            9. Stating nationality

            10. Basic classroom vocabulary-interrogatives что/кто

            11. Gender system for nouns and pronoun replacement

            12. Places in the city vocabulary

            14. Forming nominative plural of nouns

            15. Russian city St. Petersburg - history and monuments

            16. Expressing location using в/на with prepositional case

            17. Professions vocabulary-stating opinion with по-моему

            18. Present tense of Type I verbs знать/понимать/работать

            19. Stating where someone works

            20. Family member vocabulary-who’s in your family.

            21. Family structure in Russia

            22. Possessive adjectives and agreement

            23. Describing people with simple adjectives-nominative adjective agreement

            24. Stating age with dative pronouns

            25. Nouns and number system for год/года/лет

            26. Stating residence

            27. Housing in Russia

            28. Russian-speaking community in Portland/Vancouver

Competencies and Skills:

            1. Writes cursive in Cyrillic

            2. Reads printed and cursive 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. Identifies and names objects

            6. Describes self and others: name, nationality, profession, personal attributes, residence      age      

            7. Formulates simple questions and answers

            8. Writes lists and discrete sentences

            9. Reads and understands very simple letters, texts, and thematically related authentic           materials

            10. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly controlled/contextualized setting.

            11. Recognizes basic cultural differences