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Course Number:
RUS 203
Course Title:
Second Year Russian - Third Term
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Course Description

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

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in most interactions orally in a variety of predictable and unpredictable settings using a wide variety of vocabulary, the present, imperfective past and future tenses with excellent accuracy, perfective past tense and future tense aspect with good accuracy and all six grammatical cases with very good accuracy.
  2. Write complex sentences, personal essays with several paragraphs, and story summaries using a wide variety of vocabulary, the present, imperfective and future tenses with excellent accuracy, perfective past tense and future tense aspect with good accuracy and all six grammatical cases with very 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 depth, 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, and application of cultural knowledge, for understanding a wide variety authentic reading and listening materials in the target language with very 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

  1. Active participation in interactive class activities, including individual, pair or group activities
  2. Frequent 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 partner presentations
  6. Class discussions to enhance cultural awareness and knowledge
  7. Self-reflection essays

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Stating dates and years
  2. Russian holiday traditions and greetings
  3. Gift giving etiquette
  4. Russian and Soviet historical events
  5. Life event verbs
  6. Russian wedding traditions
  7. Uni-directional and multi-directional verbs of motion in past, present and future
  8. Usage of uni-directional and multi-directional verbs of motion
  9. Review of stating destination/location using accusative and prepositional cases
  10. Stating destination/location at person’s house using dative and genitive cases
  11. Stating откуда оrigin using genitive case
  12. Environmental/social impact of driving in Russia
  13. Travel and vacations
  14. Prefixed verbs of motion formation and usage in past, present, and future
  15. Prefixed verb of motion, prepositions and case governance
  16. Describing direction and routes
  17. Russian cartoon «Винни Пух идёт в гости»
  18. Solutions to environmental/social issues of driving in Russia
  19. Relative clauses with который-singlular and plural all cases
  20. Formation and aspect usage of imperative verbs
  21. Russian superstitions and folk beliefs
  22. Making comparisons
  23. Formation of regular and irregular comparative adjectives
  24. Russian novella “Goluboe i zelyonoe”
  25. Moscow in 1950’s
  26. Soviet May Day traditions
  27. Youth literature movement in Soviet literature

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Manages increasingly detailed discussions about weekly schedule, holiday traditions, Russian and Soviet history, life events, wedding traditions, travel and vacations, environmental issues related to driving, superstitions, and narration of chapter events in Russian novella
  2. Speaks in the present tense, imperfective past and future tenses with excellent accuracy and a greater range of verbs
  3. Speaks using perfective past tense and future tense aspect with good accuracy
  4. Speaks using the six cases with very good accuracy
  5. Communicates effectively using some circumlocution and rephrasing
  6. Comprehends normal rate native speech in contextual settings.

G.   Writes using detail and multiple paragraphs in a variety of time frames and modes and all six cases with very good accuracy.

  1. Reads and understands the main ideas and details of more complex authentic texts including selected short stories and a short novella.
  2. Uses increased contextual and linguistic clues to consistently deduce the meaning of new vocabulary with very good success
  3. Recognizes and interprets cultural behaviors and attitudes pertaining to holiday traditions, Soviet and Russian historical events, wedding traditions, feminism, travel and vacationing, driving, and superstitions
  4. Describes and analyzes, in depth, Russian novella «Голубое и зелёное»
  5. Reflects on own progress and competencies