Russian 3304: Syllabus
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Week 1: Sunday 01/19/14 - Saturday 01/25/14 [show/hide]
Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 1 at www.chukfamily.ru/Lidia/Proza/sofia.htm

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Student #1
Chapter 1: p. 1, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #2
Chapter 1: p. 1, paragraph 3, p. 2, paragraph 1.
Student #3
Chapter 1: p. 2, paragraphs 3, 4.
Student #4
Chapter 1: p. 3, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #5
Chapter 1: p. 3, paragraphs 3, 4, p. 4, paragraph 1, 2.

Friday
Документальный фильм «Интервью из Швеции».
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Часть 1: Причины эмиграции

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Часть 1: Причины эмиграции
Students #1 & 5
В. Г. Эфрон
Students #2 & 6
Н. М. Саровайская
Students #3 & 7
Т. Г. Эльберг
Students #4 & 8
И. В. Басман

Week 2: Sunday 01/26/14 - Saturday 02/01/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: Investing in a Russian newspaper. You are an investor who wants to buy a Russian newspaper or a major Russian news/current events Web site. Visit several such ".ru" sites and find one that you would like to buy. Prepare a short presentation about it for your classmates (four to five minutes) describing the site or periodical and explaining why you chose it and what you would do with it when it becomes yours. Take notes for your presentation and use them as you speak. Your notes don't have to be a coherent essay, but should be clear and grammatically correct. Turn in your notes after the class.

In your notes, indicate the URL that you chose.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 2: pp. 9-11.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Student #1
Chapter 2: p. 9, paragraphs 1,2.
Student #2
Chapter 2: p. 9, paragraph 3, p. 10, paragraph 1.
Student #3
Chapter 2: p. 10, paragraphs 3, 4, 5.
Students #4 & 5
Chapter 2: p. 10, paragraph 5, p. 11, paragraphs 1,2,3.

Friday
Документальный фильм «Интервью из Швеции».
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Часть 2: «Изучение шведского языка»

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Часть 2: «Изучение шведского языка»
Students #1 & 5
В. Г. Эфрон
Students #2 & 6
Н. М. Саровайская
Students #3 & 7
Т. Г. Эльберг
Students #4 & 8
И. В. Басман

Week 3: Sunday 02/02/14 - Saturday 02/08/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: Your hobby. You have a hobby (any hobby) and want to find people on the Russian Internet (в Рунете, как говорят в России) with the same hobby, and also other information about it--perhaps collectors' catalogs, or advice and tips, or an online store that caters to people with the same interests as yours. Prepare a presentation (five to ten minutes) on the site(s) of your choice and tell us what you would do if you were to start a similar site. Like in Week 1 assignment, take notes for your presentation and hand them in. (This direction applies to all such classes this semester and will not be repeated.)

In your notes, indicate the URL of the site(s) you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 3: pp. 15-18.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Student #1
Chapter 3: p. 15, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #2
Chapter 3: p. 16, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #3
Chapter 3: p. 16, paragraphs 3, 4, 5.
Student #4
Chapter 3: p. 17, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #5
Chapter 3: p. 17, paragraphs 3, 4, p. 18, paragraphs 1,2,3.

Friday
Документальный фильм «Интервью из Швеции».
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Часть 3: Работа

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Часть 3: Работа
Students #1 & 5
В. Г. Эфрон
Students #2 & 6
Н. М. Саровайская
Students #3 & 7
Т. Г. Эльберг
Students#4 & 8
И. В. Басман

Week 4: Sunday 02/09/14 - Saturday 02/15/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: an item to sell. You, a Web site owner and designer, have an item to sell. Start at the "Yandex" link at our home page, click Market, and visit several Russian Web sites that sell cars, real estate, stamp collections, furniture, pets--anything for the consumer--and study the language and the approach. After seeing how other Web sites advertise their goods, make up your own Web page that sells something and tell us about it in class. Try to interest your classmates by providing as many enticing details as you can to make a sale.

You do not have to actually design a nice-looking Web page. Just decide what you want to show, draw a very rough diagram on a piece of paper, and write the texts. Submit this page to the teacher at the end of the class.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 4: pp. 24-26.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Student #1
Chapter 4: p. 24, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #2
Chapter 4: p. 24, paragraphs 3, 4.
Student #3
Chapter 4: p. 25, paragraphs 1, 2.
Student #4
Chapter 4: p. 25, paragraphs 3, 4,5. Chapter 4: p. 26, paragraphs 1, 2.

Friday
Документальный фильм «Интервью из Швеции».
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Часть 4: Общение

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Часть 4: Общение
Students #1 & 5
В. Г. Эфрон
Students #2 & 6
Н. М. Саровайская
Students #3 & 7
Т. Г. Эльберг
Students #4 & 8
И. В. Басман

Week 5: Sunday 02/16/14 - Saturday 02/22/14 [show/hide]
Monday
феврђльские канќкулы
Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 5: pp. 31-34.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Student #1
Chapter 5: p. 31, paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4.
Student #2
Chapter 5: p. 31, paragraph 5, p. 32, paragraph 1.
Student #3
Chapter 5: p. 32, paragraph 2.
Student #4
Chapter 5: p. 32, paragraphs 3, 4, p. 33, paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Student #5
Chapter 5: p. 33, paragraphs 6,7,8,9,10,11.

Friday
Документальный фильм «Интервью из Швеции».
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Часть 5: Праздники, и как остаться русским в эмиграции

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Часть 5: Праздники, и как остаться русским в эмиграции
Students #1 & 5
В. Г. Эфрон
Students #2 & 3
Т. Г. Эльберг
Students #4 & 6 & 7
И. В. Басман

Week 6: Sunday 02/23/14 - Saturday 03/01/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: a business to sell. You, a Web site owner and designer, want to sell a business (a store, a private school, a factory, a bank, an airline, etc.). Study Russian Web sites that advertise businesses. Collect the expressions and promotional devices they use and draft your own Web page. Your page may include side bars, contact information, ads for related businesses, etc. Use your write-up as you speak in class and turn it in.

You do not have to actually design a nice-looking Web page. Just decide what you want to show, draw a very rough diagram on a piece of paper, and write the texts. Submit this page to the teacher at the end of the class.

Indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 6: pp. 41-43, Chapter 7: pp. 48-51.

Use these Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 glossaries for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Student #1
Chapter 6: p. 41, paragraphs 1,2,3.
Student #2
Chapter 6: p. 42, paragraphs 1,2.
Student #3
Chapter 6: p. 42, paragraph 3.
Student #4
Chapter 7: p. 48, 1, 2, 3, 4.
Student #5
Chapter 7: p. 49, paragraphs 1,2.

Friday
Документальный фильм «Интервью из Швеции».
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Часть 6: Маленькие истории

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Часть 6: Маленькие истории
Students #1 & 5
В. Г. Эфрон
Students #2 & 6
Н. М. Саровайская
Students #3 & 7
Т. Г. Эльберг
Students #4 & 8
И. В. Басман

Week 7: Sunday 03/02/14 - Saturday 03/08/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: an item to buy. You, a Web site owner and designer, want to buy some consumer product. Write a detailed "wanted" ad for a car, a house, a piece of furniture, or whatever you want to buy, based on the language and style of similar ads on the Russian Internet. Present it in class and be prepared to deal with offers from your classmates. As usual, submit your write-up.

Indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 7: pp. 48-51, review. Chapter 8: pp. 56-59.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Андрюша:
Chapter 7: p. 48, 49, from the beginning until the words «Всюду, на всех предприятиях».
Chapter 8: p. 56, 57, from the beginning until the words: «Наташа молчала».
Лора:
Chapter 7, pp.49-50, until «Софья Петровна ничего толком не поняла»
Chapter 8: p. 57-58, until «И в самом деле...» .
Аманда:
Chapter 7: pp. 50-51 until the end.
Chapter 8: p. 58-59, until the end.

Friday
Дискуссия на тему: Америка — страна эмигрантов. Используя материалы фильма «Интервью из Швеции», известные вам публикации в прессе или семейные истории, подготовьте доклад на 7-8 минут. Будьте готовы отстаивать свою точку зрения.
Week 8: Sunday 03/09/14 - Saturday 03/15/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: a business or other organization to buy. You, a Web site owner and designer, are looking for a way to invest a few hundred grand in Russia (in a store, a factory, a music school, a day care center, an Internet Service Provider, etc.). Write a Web page that will attract interesting offers. Present it in class and be prepared to question your classmates as they respond to your ad.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 9: pp. 64-70.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Amanda:
Chapter 9: pp. 64-65.
Andryusha:
Chapter 9: pp. 66-67.
Lora:
Chapter 9: pp. 68-70

Friday
Благословите женщину
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:

Here and below, the breakdown into Parts and Scenes may not be obvious when you watch the movie unless you also use the online transcript, where time is indicated for each Scene as it is shown by the DVD player.

Part 1.
Part 2.

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:

Student #1
Part 1. Scene 1.
Part 1. Scene 2.
Students #2&5
Part 1. Scene 3.
Part 1. Scene 4.
Part 2. Scene 1.
Student #3
Part 2. Scene 2.
Part 2. Scene 3.
Student #4
Part 2. Scene 4.
Part 2. Scene 5.

3) Prepare to act out the following scenes:
Students #1 & 2
Part 1. Scene 4.
Students #3 & 4
Part 2. Scene 4.
Students #2 & 5
Part 2. Scene 5.

Week 9: Sunday 03/16/14 - Saturday 03/22/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: looking for employment. You, a Web site owner and designer, are looking for a job. Write a resume in the style (and content) similar to those posted on Russian Web sites by people who look for work.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 10: pp. 76-79.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Amanda
Chapter 10: p. 76-77 until «...лица, лица, лица...»
Lora
Chapter 10: p. 77-78 until «будущий мировой инженер»
Andryusha
Chapter 10: p. 78-79 until the end

Friday
Благословите женщину
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Part 3.
Part 4.
Part 5.

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Student #1
Part 3. Scene 1.
Part 3. Scene 2.
Student #2
Part 3. Scene 3.
Part 4. Scene 1.
Student #3
Part 4. Scene 2.
Part 4. Scene 3.
Student #4
Part 4. Scene 4.
Part 5. Scene 1.
Student #5
Part 5. Scene 2.
Part 5. Scene 3.

3) Prepare to act out the following scenes:
Students #1 & 2
Part 3. Scene 2.
Students #3 & 4
Part 4. Scene 3.
Students #1, # 2 & 5
Part 4. Scene 4.

Week 10: Sunday 03/23/14 - Saturday 03/29/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: a wanted ad. You, a Web site owner and designer, want to hire an employee. Advertise a position in your school, business, community, etc., in the style of similar ads on Russian Web sites.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 11: pp. 85-91.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Andryusha
Chapter 11: p. 85-87 until «...в редакционном секторе предместкома».
Аманда
Chapter 11: p. 87-89 until «...объявляю заседание закрытым».
Lora
Chapter 11: p. 89-91, until the end.

Friday
Благословите женщину
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Part 6.
Part 7.

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Student #1
Part 6. Scene 1.
Part 6. Scene 2.
Student #2
Part 6. Scene 3.
Part 6. Scene 4.
Student #3
Part 6. Scene 5.
Students #4
Part 7. Scene 1.
Students #5
Part 7. Scene 2.
Part 7. Scene 3.

3) Prepare to act out the following scenes:
Students #1 & 2
Part 6. Scene 1.
Students #3 & 4
Part 7. Scene 1.
Students #1 & 5
Part 6. Scene 5.

Week 11: Sunday 03/30/14 - Saturday 04/05/14 [show/hide]
Monday
весљнние канќкулы
Wednesday
весљнние канќкулы
Friday
весљнние канќкулы
Week 12: Sunday 04/06/14 - Saturday 04/12/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: choosing a tour. You want to travel somewhere in Russia. Find a few Russian Web sites that advertise tours and write about the one you want to take. Explain where you'll go, what the local attractions are, and what you'll be doing there.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 12: pp. 98-103.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Amanda
Chapter 12: p. 98-100 until «...какие встречаются на свете мерзавки».
Andryusha
Chapter 12: p. 100-101 until «..прокурор Цветков - горбатый».
Lora
Chapter 12: p.101 until the end

Friday
Благословите женщину
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Part 8.
Part 9.

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Student #1
Part 8. Scene 1.
Student #2
Part 8. Scene 2.
Student #3
Part 8. Scene 3.
Student #4
Part 9. Scene 1.
Student #5
Part 9. Scene 2.
Part 9. Scene 3.

3) Prepare to act out the following scenes:
Students #1, 2 & 5
Part 8. Scene 2.
Students #3, 4 & 5
Part 9. Scene 1.

Week 13: Sunday 04/13/14 - Saturday 04/19/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: attract tourists to your travel agency. You, a Web site owner and designer, organize tours around Russia. Write a promotional Web page for several tours offered by your company, school, or community center.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 13: pp. 110-111, Chapter 14: pp. 117-119.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Laura
Chapter 13
Andryusha
Chapter 14: p. 117-118
Amanda
Chapter 14: p. 118-119

Friday
Благословите женщину
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Part 10.
Part 11.
Part 12.

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Student #1
Part 10. Scene 1.
Student #2
Part 10. Scene 2.
Part 10. Scene 3.
Student #5
Part 11. Scene 1.
Student #3
Part 11. Scene 3.
Part 11. Scene 4.
Student #4
Part 12. Scene 1.
Part 12. Scene 2.
Part 12. Scene 3.

3) Prepare to act out the following scenes:
Students #1 & 2
Part 10. Scene 2.
Students #3 & 4
Part 11. Scene 4.
Students #1 & 5
Part 12. Scene 2.

Week 14: Sunday 04/20/14 - Saturday 04/26/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: looking for a good school to enroll in. You want to study some subject in a Russian college, institute, or university. Find a school in Russia that you would like to enroll in and write about it; why you want to study there? what courses would you take? what would you expect of your education?

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 15: pp. 125-127, Chapter 16: pp. 132-134.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Andryusha
Chapter 15: p. 125-126.
Lora
Chapter 15: p. 127, ch. 16, p. 132-133 until "Однажды - это было ровно через год..."
Amanda
Chapter 16: p. 123, from "Однажды - это было ровно через год..." and p. 134 until he end.

Friday
Благословите женщину
1) Assignment for everyone:
Watch and understand, prepare questions:
Part 13.
Part 14.
Part 15.
Part 16.

2) Individual assignments:
Watch more carefully:
Student #1
Part 13. Scene 1.
Part 13. Scene 2.
Student #2
Part 14. Scene 1.
Part 14. Scene 2.
Student #3
Part 15. Scene 1.
Student #5
Part 15. Scene 2.
Student #4
Part 15. Scene 3.
Part 16. Scene 1.

3) Prepare to act out the following scenes:
Students #1 & 2
Part 14. Scene 2.
Students #2 & 5
Part 15. Scene 2.
Students #3 & 4
Part 15. Scene 3.

Week 15: Sunday 04/27/14 - Saturday 05/03/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: advertising your school. You, a Web site owner and designer, own and operate a school in Russia (at any level), or perhaps plan to start one. Make up a Web page with a mission statement and a policy paper for your school: how will it be different from existing schools? what curriculum will you offer? what fees will you charge? how will you review the applicants? Base your presentation on existing Russian sites.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
1) Assignment for everyone:
Chukovskaya. Chapter 17: pp. 140-142, Chapter 18: pp. 147-149.

Use this Glossary for help if you need it.

2) Individual assignments:
Amanda
Chapter 17: p. 140-141, until "Вечером, столкнувшись с Софьей Петровной..." .
Laura
Chapter 17: p. 141, from "Вечером, столкнувшись с Софьей Петровной..."; Ch. 18 p. 142 until the end, p. 147
Andryusha
Chapter 18: p. 148-149.

Friday
В фильмах «Интервью из Швеции» и «Благословите женщину» вы познакомились с пятью русскими женщинами. Напишите сочинение о том, что вы узнали о характере русской женщины (и вообще о России и русских людях) из этих фильмов. Подготовьте доклад о том, что вы написали (на 7-8 минут).
Week 16: Sunday 05/04/14 - Saturday 05/10/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Web sites: Prepare a presentation similar to the ones you've done all semester, based on any Web site type of your choice, including news, if you like.

In your notes, indicate the URLs of the sites you used as your model.

Wednesday
TBA
 
 
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