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Russian Language Course Details

Russian Curriculum

All students in the Russian program earn 10 credits. Each week in Levels 1-8, students have 15 contact hours with a main instructor, 2 hours of dedicated instruction in phonetics, 2 hours of dedicated listening instruction, and 4 hours of dedicated conversation class.

In Level 9, students have 16 hours with a main instructor, 4 hours of dedicated conversation instruction, and participate in a 2 hour media seminar in Russian each week.

The co-curricular Russian program features weekly lectures and films in Russian, a media seminar (open to all students capable of following and participating), twice-weekly Russian table for lunch, and clubs and special interest groups - including a Russian radio broadcast hosted by Workshop students.

Course Dates

Course Dates
Level 1 (5 Weeks) June 2 - July 3, 2014
Level 1 (9 Weeks) June 2 - August 1, 2014
Levels 2-9 (4 Weeks) June 9 - July 3, 2014
Levels 2-9 (8 Weeks) June 9 - August 1, 2014

Credits

Course Undergraduate Graduate
Level 1 (5 weeks) 5 5
Level 1 (9 weeks) 10 10
Levels 2-9 (4 weeks) 5 5
Levels 2-9 (8 weeks) 10 10

Placement Exam

The Russian placement test is administered in early April. Students who are not currently enrolled in Russian language classes can elect to take the test earlier by contacting the Workshop.

Students will receive an email request to submit the name and contact information for the faculty member or school administrator who is willing to act as a proctor. The student is responsible for arranging a date and time for testing with the proctor. The proctor will receive the test from the Workshop together with instructions for returning it for evaluation.

Students will be contacted individually with their results. On occasion, the Workshop director will contact students for additional information to assist with most accurately placing students into the level in which they will be most appropriately challenged.

Indiana University students currently enrolled in SLAV Russian language courses (except R491/492) will not need to take the placement test. Indiana University students not currently enrolled in SLAV Russian language courses will be contacted about taking the test on campus.

Course Materials

Study guides and sustainment materials are available in the Summer Language Workshop's language sustainment portal.

Course Textbook
Level 1 Lekic, Maria et al., Russian Stage One: Live from Russia 2nd Edition, Vols. 1 & 2, 2008
Level 2 Lekic, Maria et al., Russian Stage One: Live from Russia 2nd Edition, Vol. 2, 2009
Level 3 Kagan, Olga et al., V puti 2nd Edition, 2006
Level 4 Robin, Richard et al., Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian Book Two Edition: 5, 2013

Robin, Richard et al., Student Activities Manual for Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian Book Two Edition: 5 (with Activities Manual), 2013
Level 5 Rosengrant, Sandra et al., Focus on Russian: An Interactive Approach to Communication 2nd Edition, 1996

CD not required.
Level 6 Rojavin, Marina et al., Russian for Advanced Students
Level 7 Lubensky & Odintsova, Advanced Russian: From Reading to Speaking, 2010

Mahota, William, Russian Verbs of Motion for Intermediate Students, 1996
Level 8 Rosengrant, Sandra Freels, Russian in Use: An Interactive Approach to Advanced Communicative Competence, 2006

Mahota, William, Russian Verbs of Motion for Intermediate Students, 1996

Miller, Frank J., A Handbook of Russian Prepositions, 1991
Level 9 Reader distributed in class

Course textbook assignments are subject to change prior to March 2014.

Descriptions of Levels

All students must be registered by the Workshop. For questions concerning the registration process, contact the Workshop by email or at 812-855-2889.

Russian Faculty

Course (SLAV) Description
Level 1 (N-111, N-112) First year Russian.
Level 2 (N-122, N-221) Bridges 1st and 2nd year and covers materials from the second half an academic year Russian 1st year course, e.g. Russian 102 and the first half of an academic year 2nd year Russian course, e.g. Russian 201.
Level 3 (N-231, N-232) Second year Russian.
Level 4 (N-242, N-341) Bridges 2nd and 3rd year and includes short compositions, readings of short fiction, and excerpts from the Russian press. Covers materials from the second half an academic year 2nd year Russian course, e.g. Russian 202 and the first half of an academic year 3rd year Russian course, e.g. Russian 301.
Level 5 (N-351, N-352) Third year Russian: provides an in-depth look at Russian grammar and advanced practice in speaking and listening.
Level 6 (N-362, N-461) Bridges 3rd and 4th year with special focus on advanced grammar topics and improving writing skills. Covers materials from the second half an academic year 3rd year Russian course, e.g. Russian 302 and the first half of an academic year 4th year Russian course, e.g. Russian 401.
Level 7 (N-471, N-472) A fourth-year course that focuses on oral and written communicative skills. Students focus on advanced grammar topics such as verbal aspect, including verbs of motion.
Level 8 (N-581, N-582) A fifth-year course that covers syntax, stylistics, textual interpretation, and includes a research paper and a one-hour oral presentation based on students' professional, cultural or social interests.
Level 9 (N-691, N-692) In Level 9 ("Contemporary Russian through Sociolinguistics and Cultural Studies"), students focus on advanced stylistics (standard language, official language, literary language; finding allusions and implications; understanding humor, irony, sarcasm) and syntax (government, comparison and contrast, emphatic structures, complex sentences). Assignments include essays, compositions, short stories and textual analysis. A variety of texts (fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism, philosophy, history, social science and newspaper articles) increase student's understanding of the sociocultural realities they will face when studying, researching or working in Russia.