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Course Number:
RUS 103
Course Title:
First Year Russian
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Course Description

Continues the work of RUS 102. Emphasizes active communication in Russian. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. Recommended: Completion of RUS 102 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

RUS 103 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and it is the third 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 common interactions, in both oral and written forms, in a selected variety of settings using the present, past and future tenses.
2. Further develop circumlocution and inference skills when navigating a variety of real world situations in Russian.
3. Reflect on linguistic and cultural diversity within the Russian-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one’s own culture.
4. Develop a broader understanding of important historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art and performing arts in the target language.
5. Expand and strengthen 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 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. Colors and describing color of an object

            2. Food and drink vocabulary

            3. Food and drink preferences

            4. Accusative case adjective endings for inanimate singular and plural nouns and animate  

                singular nouns

            5. Preposition «с» + intrumental singular and plural nouns

            6. Use of instrumental case without с for stating instrument used to perform action

            7. Russian cuisine and meal etiquette

            8. Uni-directional verbs of motion идти and ехать

            9. Expanded places in the city vocabulary

            10. Stating destination using в/на + accusative case

            11. Stating mode of transportation using на + prepositional case

            12. Public transportation system in Russia

            13. Seasons and weather vocabulary

            14. Climate and weather in Russia

            15. Russian landscape painters Levitan and Shishkin

            16. Telling time-simplified system + a.m./p.m.

            17. Daily activities and schedules

            18. Sequencing vocabulary

            19. Days of the week and stating weekly schedules

            20. Expressing need with надо

            21. Months and stating when event occurs using в + prepositional case

            22. Introduction to concept of verbal aspect

            23. Russian imperfective and perfective verb pairs

            24. Use of imperfective and perfective aspect in past tense

            25. Indirect objects in dative case-dative singular endings for nouns

            26. Verbs that require dative case

            27. Stating likes and dislikes with нравиться

            28. Numbers 1-100,000

            29. Stating price

            30. Making purchases

            31. Post-Soviet economic crisis and inflation

            32. Shopping in Russia

Competencies and Skills:

            1. Manages basic interactions in restaurants, stores, domestic settings, and on public            transportation

            2. Describes food preferences, weather, daily and weekly routines, and making purchases   in present, past and future with good accuracy

            3. Talks about past activities using imperfective and perfective past tenses with limited         accuracy

            4. Formulates questions and answers

            5. Follows basic directions

            6. Writes increasingly complex sentences and simple paragraphs using grammar learned

            7. Reads and understands the main ideas in simple texts

            8. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly contextual setting

            9. Makes himself/herself understood by a native speaker accustomed to non-native speakers.

            10. Recognize cultural differences