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Course Number:
RUS 150
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. Completion of RUS 150-151 is equivalent to RUS 101-102-103. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

For beginners. This course is the first term of a two-term sequence. Students begin developing the five language skills: speaking, listening,
writing, reading and culture. Emphasizes proficiency in spoken Russian. This course is conducted primarily in Russian.  Recommended: enrollment in
RUS 111C when offered.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Manage common interactions, in both oral and written forms, in predictable settings using the present tense.
2. Apply circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating selected real world situations in Russian.
3. Recognize and identify 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 and apply 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. 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

            29. Personal interests and activities

            30. играть в/на + sports and musical instruments

            31. Music and sports in Russia

            32. Expanded Type I verbs

            33. Adverb formation and word order

            34. Accusative case for direct objects-inanimate and animate singular nouns and       inanimate plural nouns

            35. Preposition «о» with prepositional singular case

            36. Great Russian writers and their works

            37. University classes and studies vocabulary

            38. Verbs of studying изучать/учить/учиться

            39. Russian educational system

            40. Accusative pronoun replacement

            41. Languages-use of по with certain verbs

            42. Countries where Russian is spoken

            43. Expressing likes and dislikes with любить + infinitive

            44. Type II verb conjugations

            45. овать/евать verb conjugations

            46. Reflexive verb учиться –correct spelling of reflexive particle

            47. Russian artists and dancers

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. Manages basic interactions about interests, hobbies and school

            7. Formulates simple questions and answers

            8. Writes lists, discrete sentences, and basic sentences using grammar learned

            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