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

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

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a wider range of interactions orally in predictable settings using greater vocabulary, the present, imperfective past and future tenses with very good accuracy, perfective past tense and future tense aspect with increased accuracy and all six grammatical cases with good accuracy.
  2. Write complex sentences and personal essays with several paragraphs using greater vocabulary, the present, imperfective past and future tenses with very good accuracy, perfective past tense and future tense aspect with increased accuracy and all six grammatical cases with good accuracy.
  3. Identify culturally-grounded assumptions of one’s own culture and apply a basic understanding of Russian culture.
  4. Describe and analyze, in detail, 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. Apply and analyze strategies, such as cognates, context, expanded roots, all parts of speech, for understanding a wider variety authentic reading and listening materials in the target language with good success.
  6. Reflect on personal work or competencies to make connections between Russian language and culture and lived experience.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

General education philosophy statement for Russian courses (RUS 201, 202, 203) This course requires students to focus on Russian language learning in five primary ways: reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture. Students negotiate and make meaning from written and oral texts by making contextual inferences as they encounter new structures and vocabulary, draw on prior knowledge and conceptually organize experience. A key goal of this course is for students to explore the Russian language and the products, practices and perspectives of the culture in order to reflect upon and analyze their own culture and their role in a global community. Students who study Russian become more responsible global citizens and are better able to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world in a variety of contexts and in culturally appropriate ways.

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

A.   Active participation in interactive class activities, including individual, pair or group activities

B.    Frequent contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural and aural competencies

C.    Oral interviews with instructor

D.   In class, interactive student role-plays and other pair activities

E.    Individual and partner presentations

F.    Class discussions to enhance cultural awareness and knowledge

G.   Self-reflection essays

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Formation and use of genitive plural
  2. Using numbers with nouns and adjectives
  3. Prepositions of location and their case governance
  4. Soviet satirical prose of Averchenko
  5. Communal apartments
  6. Expanded clothes vocabulary
  7. Describing what someone is wearing using носить or в + prepositional case
  8. Clothes and clothing traditions in Russia
  9. Body part and appearance vocabulary
  10. Stating physical appearance
  11. Absurdist literature by Kharms
  12. Adjectives in the instrumental case
  13. Portrait art by Serov
  14. Body language in Russia
  15. Personality traits vocabulary
  16. Use of instrumental case after быть
  17. Review and expansion of verbal aspect pairs
  18. Review and expansion of verbal aspect in past tense
  19. Russian fairy and folk tale characteristics
  20. Russian folklore in Vasnetsov’s art
  21. Formation of perfective future
  22. Review and expansion of verbal aspect in future tense
  23. Expanded verbs for daily activities and routines
  24. Stating needs and obligations- надо/нужно/должен/нужен
  25. Expansion of sequencing vocabulary
  26. Telling time using ordinal number and без + genitive system
  27. Ordinal numbers in nominative and genitive cases
  28. Numbers in genitive case with telling time and с/до
  29. Soviet women's emancipation movement
  30. Women's literature and Baranskaya
  31. Russian banya traditions
  32. Satirical short prose of Zoshchenko

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Manages more detailed interactions and discussions about items in home and location of furniture, physical appearance and personality, daily routines, past and future activities
  2. Speaks using the present, imperfective past and future tenses with very good accuracy
  3. Speaks using the perfective past tense and future tense aspect with increased accuracy
  4. Speaks using the six cases with good accuracy
  5. Communicates more effectively with circumlocution and some rephrasing
  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 good 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 with good success
  10. Recognizes and interprets cultural similarities and differences about clothing and personal hygiene, body language, personality traits, daily routines in relation to one’s own cultural perspective
  11. Describes and analyzes, in detail, literature by Averchenko, Kharms, Baranskaya, and Zoshchenko and art by Serov and Vasnetsov

L.    Reflects on own progress and competencies