On-line course materials
These open in new windows.Mini-Videos
The Anthrax Diaries
The Russian Dictionary
The Human Body
Водитель для Веры
Интервью из России I
Интервью из России II
Дети из России
На атомной речке
Important Cornell links
These open in new windows.Word usage
Bilingual word usage
Abbyy Lingvo dictionaries
Словарь русского языка
Dictionary of Synonyms
Медуза/Meduza news, etc.
Радио «Эхо Москвы»
Россия 24. Программа передач. | Прямой эфир
Study in Russia
We are in the News!
Russian 2203: Course Description
Russian Web sites
Grading and attendance:
The course includes a few review weeks, when the most recent Lessons are reviewed, and additional reading classes are taught (mostly using contemporary materials from Russian Web sites).
See Rooms and times for meeting times and places. See Syllabus for specific assignments for each class. The rest of this Course Description tells you how to do your homework and what to expect in class.
Assignment for the Text class:
Assignment for the Mini-Video class
Assignment for the Film class:
The 12 Chairs multimedia is a Cornell-only resource available from http://lexiconbridge.com/cloud. Create an account and ask your teacher to subscribe that account to the film. Do this early in the semester, before you see assignments for the film in the syllabus.If you do not own a computer, use the ones in the Language Resource Center in Noyes Lodge. You will watch the movie on the computer screen. On the same screen, you will see a window with various notes on the episode (summaries, transcripts, and descriptions). Every word in the notes has an English gloss: just click the word. Some words and phrases are linked to still images or short video clips. If you need help in using the site, read its on-screen Help (click the question mark button) or ask your teachers for a demonstration.
For the film work, the class is divided into two groups. Each student in the class should watch the entire assignment. In addition, each group is assigned a few scenes for more detailed study. See Syllabus for details.
When the Syllabus says "watch and understand..." you should watch the assignment a few times and try to understand as much dialog as you can. Consult the notes on the screen. If some of the dialog is difficult to understand, consult the on-screen transcript. Be prepared to answer questions about the entire assignment.
Then watch again the individual episodes that are shown in the syllabus as your group's assignment for "detailed study." Re-read the notes. Memorize as much of the dialog and the notes as you can. Be prepared to report on the episodes in class. Each scene's Summary will help you to report on the events. Each scene's Descriptions will help you to report on the characters and objects. The stage remarks in the summaries and transcripts will help you to report on specific actions. Be prepared to answer other students' questions about the episode(s). You may also be asked to act out your scenes.
The syllabus includes one or two questions for each scene that is assigned for detailed study. Write (in Russian) and submit the answers to these questions. Your answers should be as close as possible to the actual text of the Transcript, Summary, or Description.
For each film class, prepare 2-3 questions on the assigned episodes. In class, your questions will be answered by your classmates as part of the discussion.
Some days are indicated in the Syllabus as review classes. For these days, you should work in pairs. With your partner, watch the entire episode(s) again. Make up your own skits (one or two short ones) along the lines of any scene(s) in the film. Memorize your dialog and be prepared to perform it in class.
Assignment for the Verb class:
The purpose of this class is to learn how to conjugate all verbs listed in Exercise 7 (and practiced in all other Лексико-граммaтические упражнения aka verb exercises) and use them correctly in your own speech and writing.Work with all verb exercises in the book as well as the Intermediate Exercises on the COLLT site. COLLT will give you practice and help evaluate your progress. The green "skip" button allows you to go directly to the assigned Lesson. As you type to fill the blanks, use any source for reference: the glossary at the end of the Intermediate Russian book, the table on pp. 286, 287, the online Russian Dictionary Tree (under On-line course materials), or any other publication. The online exercises, just like the same ones in the book, show the use of the verbs in their most common meanings. Work until you get all the endings right. To conclude this work, use the last page for the Lesson in COLLT to record four sentences of your own that include some of the verbs in the Lesson. Use the verbs in the same basic meanings that are illustrated in the exercises so the class stays "on the same page." Do not read from your written text: try to speak as naturally as possible, the way you would in class. You will be asked to repeat them in class as a starter for improvised conversations. Your work on verbs will be evaluated on the basis of your performance in class. When doing COLLT work, always revise your answers until you get all of them right. Your score is displayed after you click Finish. The expected 100% score you should achieve after doing each Lesson is shown in the syllabus. Ignore COLLT's message about leaving too many questions unanswered--that's because there are 18 Lessons in the book, and you're only doing one Lesson at a time.
A note about Grammar sections at the back of the book
(also online under "Russian Verbs" in the On-line course materials
section of the navigation bar):
Assignment for the Translation class:
Assignment for the Verb review class:
Assignment for the WWW class:
Read the assigned Web page and try to figure out what it says. Use a
good dictionary (a paperback edition of a R-E and E-R dictionary by Kenneth
Katzner should serve you very well), but do not try to translate every
sentence. The art of reading in a foreign language requires a fair proportion
of guessing. When reading Russian, an understanding of the grammatical
structure of the sentence will often provide very good clues.
You will not be asked to discuss these stories or to use their Russian vocabulary. The purpose of this assignment is to practice reading and understanding. Do not spend more than an hour and a half on this assignment.
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Russian Language Program
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