Russian 100

RUSS 100: Elementary Russian

Credit Hours: (4)

A balanced emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing Russian, and on the culture where this language is spoken. This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Foreign Languages.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Communicative tasks covered are: greeting people, asking someone's name, identifying individuals, finding out about people, animals, and things, finding out where someone or something is, talking about family, asking and telling about locations, asking whether someone knows something, asking locations, asking where someone lives, talking about activities, naming the objects of actions, expressing opinions about actions, talking about possessions and relationships, expressing alternatives, pointing out objects and describing them, expressing likes and dislikes, and specifying or being specific.   Other cultural topics focus on education, geography, humor, and office communication.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Class instruction focuses on communication practice utilizing the situations, communication tasks, vocabulary, culture, and grammar introduced in a given chapter. Other activities include: simulation of cultural activities, grammar and vocabulary explanations, pronunciation practice, listening comprehension exercises, and grammatical drills.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

As regards morphology and syntax, first semester students will be able to analyze basic grammar in graded sentences. They will be able to analyze some similarities and differences between their own and the target culture and will be able to explain some contemporary international issues from the perspectives of their own and the target culture. Students will demonstrate language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing that are appropriate to the level of study and that are necessary for everyday life in a Russian speaking country.

Speaking and listening goals (standardized ACTFL proficiency criteria): Students will be able to communicate minimally with learned material. Students will produce oral speech using isolated words and learned phrases with predictable areas of need. Students will only be minimally able to recombine learned oral elements. Students will be able to pronounce most Russian sounds accurately (if not in rapid speech). As regards listening skills, students will be able to recognize learned material and isolated words and phrases when strongly supported by context. Students will be able to comprehend some words and phrases from simple questions, statements, high frequency commands, and courtesy formulae about topics that refer to basic personal information or the immediate physical setting.

Reading and writing goals (standardized ACTFL proficiency criteria): Students will be able to identify learned material without assistance and to understand some new material when strongly supported by cognates, context, or dictionary

assistance.  In writing, students will be able to produce isolated words and phrases from learned material and will be able to analyze and produce the most basic grammar in graded sentences.

Assessment Measures

Speaking progress will be evaluated in oral interviews. Written homework assignments and test exercises provide a basis for the evaluation of writing progress. Listening and reading comprehension, grammatical accuracy, and familiarity with the new culture are tested in quizzes, chapter tests, and on the final exam.

Other Course Information

Russian 100 targets beginning language learners with no previous background in the
language but can accommodate learners with one or two years in high school, depending on their actual abilities.

Review and Approval

Revised: Feb 2011 -  Philip Sweet and Yelena Kulagina