Russian 3305: Syllabus
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Early in the semester, you should learn basic Russian grammatical terms.

Throughout the semester use these Quick Links for review.

Each table row shows the work you should do in preparation for that class.

Week 1: Sunday 08/24/14 - Saturday 08/30/14 [show/hide]
Wednesday
No class, no assignment; come to the organizational meeting (click Welcome in the navigation bar and look under Current Announcement).
Week 2: Sunday 08/31/14 - Saturday 09/06/14 [show/hide]
Monday
No class: Labor Day.
Tuesday
(Viktoria's class for those who take the course for three credits) See Course Description for directions on doing this homework. Advanced Russian (get your password from the teacher): Chapter 2. Interviews. Interviews 2-1, 2-2, 2-3.. (Михаил Мишин. Выступление, интервью).
Wednesday
Print this six-page handout in Acrobat (PDF) format: Page 4; Page 5; Page 6; Page 7; Page 8; Page 9. These pages describe the Russian alphabet and shows samples of cursive writing. Learn the alphabet and copy the writing on these pages. This animation of Russian cursive writing may be useful to look at. This video is a good way to learn how to connect the letters.

In class: letters and sounds.

Week 3: Sunday 09/07/14 - Saturday 09/13/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Consult Letters and Sounds. Part 1. Write 30 Russian words that illustrate various points of this section. Indicate what your words/letters are examples of. You may pick those words from a book, newspaper, or Web site, or just look around and write what you see.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian (if you don't yet have a password, get it from the teacher): Chapter 1. Stories. Story 1-1 (A or B). Pages 1-24. (Михаил Мишин «Счастливый»)
Wednesday
Read Один за трех; Три за одного from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Find and copy (in longhand) 30 words from this story that illustrate some of the points made in Letters and Sounds. Part 2.
Week 4: Sunday 09/14/14 - Saturday 09/20/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Read Самая удивительная буква русской азбуки from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Find and copy (in longhand) 30 words from this story that illustrate some of the points made in Letters and Sounds. Part 2.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 4. Stories. Story 4-1. Pages 1-12. (Андрей Геласимов «Нежный возраст»). Remember to bring to class your four questions (in writing).
Wednesday
Read Еще одна «редкостная» буква from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Find and copy (in longhand) 30 words from this story that illustrate some of the points made in Letters and Sounds. Part 3.
Week 5: Sunday 09/21/14 - Saturday 09/27/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Make up and write 10 short Russian sentences to illustrate some of the points made in Letters and Sounds. Part 3
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 4. Stories. Story 4-1. Pages 13-26. (Андрей Геласимов «Нежный возраст»). Don't forget to print the text and bring it to class. Remember to also bring your four questions (in writing). (These reminders will not be repeated in the subsequent syllabus pages.)
Wednesday
Read Било и крыло; За что бьют рынду? from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Write 10 short Russian sentences with words from this story that illustrate some of the points made in Letters and Sounds. Part 4.
Week 6: Sunday 09/28/14 - Saturday 10/04/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Consult again Letters and Sounds. Part 4. Write 10 short Russian sentences with words that illustrate various points of this section.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 2. Stories. Story 2-1 (A or B). Pages 1-20. (Михаил Мишин «История»).
Wednesday
Consult Letters and Sounds. Part 5. Write 10 short Russian sentences with words that illustrate various points of this section.
Week 7: Sunday 10/05/14 - Saturday 10/11/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Read section Suffixes in Letters and Sounds. Part 5, then take as much of this online Self-Test 1 as you have time for. If your computer doesn't play the sound correctly, use any PC in the language lab. Compare your results to the provided answers and analyse your errors, if any (click the links in the answer page). Take the test again if you feel you can do better the second time. Bring your first version to class. We will use this dictation to review everything that has been covered this semester so far.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 3. Stories. Story 3-2 (A, or B), Story 3-3 (A or B). (Сергея Довлатова «Предисловие», aka «Холодильник» и «Остров»)
Wednesday
Take the rest of the online Self-Test 1. Compare your results to the provided answers and analyze your errors, if any. Use the answer page and Quick Links to review everything that has been covered this semester so far. In class, you will write a dictation that is similar to Self-Test 1.
Week 8: Sunday 10/12/14 - Saturday 10/18/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Осенние каникулы
Tuesday
Осенние каникулы
Wednesday
Read Анатомия слова from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Summarize it in 10 short Russian sentences. Bring 5000 Russian Words to class.
Week 9: Sunday 10/19/14 - Saturday 10/25/14 [show/hide]
Сегћдня пїтница, двђдцать четвёртое октябрї.
Monday
Read Глокая куздра from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Summarize it in 10 short Russian sentences. As you read, note the case forms of nouns. Bring 5000 Russian Words to class.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 3. Stories. Story 3-1 (A or B). Pages 1-31. («Сергей Довлатов о времени и о себе»)
Wednesday
Read Два слова о суффиксах from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Summarize it in 10 short Russian sentences. In each sentence, mark the case, number, and declension class of every noun. Use the terms in grammatical terms and on pp. 310, 311, 312, and 317 of 5000 Russian Words. You should read the above pages carefully and also consult these Web pages: The four declension classes of nouns, Gender classes, Case of nouns: form and function. Bring 5000 Russian Words to every class.
Week 10: Sunday 10/26/14 - Saturday 11/01/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Write 10 Russian sentences to show the use of various case, gender, and number forms of nouns. In each sentence, mark the case, number, and declension class of every noun. Use the terms in grammatical terms and on pp. 310, 311, 312, and 317 of 5000 Russian Words. You should read the above pages carefully and also consult these Web pages (some of them are a review from the previous class): The four declension classes of nouns, Gender classes, Case of nouns: form and function. The chart from p. 317 of the dictionary is also shown at this Web page, where you may find the format easier to use. Don't miss the variants for the Genitive plural endings, the special spelling of -ия and -ие nouns in the Dative and Prepositional cases, and the animacy rule. Bring 5000 Russian Words to every class.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 2. Stories. Story 2-2 (A or B). Pages 1-25. (Михаил Веллер «Тест»).
Wednesday
Read Слова и словари from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Summarize it in 10 short Russian sentences. In all sentences, mark the case, number, and gender of all pronouns and adjectives. For reference, use pp. 313, 314, and 315 in the dictionary. If you want an introduction to these classes of words, read these Web pages: Adjective-noun agreement, Ordinary and Special adjectives. If you need a reminder of the effect of spelling rules (p. 309 in the dictionary) on endings, read The effect of spelling rules and The effect of stress in Nom. Sg.: adjectives in -ой, -ий, and -ый. Read also about comparisons so you know that a comparative form never ends in -и even though many sound as if they do. Bring 5000 Russian Words to every class.
Week 11: Sunday 11/02/14 - Saturday 11/08/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Read Словaрь Пушкина from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Summarize it in 10 short Russian sentences. In all sentences, mark the tense and conjugation type of all verbs. For reference, use pp. 318 in the dictionary. You'll also find these Web pages useful: The two verb stems (including the links to irregular verbs and consonant alternation), Past tense endings, Non-past tense endings and The two conjugations. If you need a reminder of the effect of spelling rules (p. 309 in the dictionary) on verb endings, read Spelling rules for verbs.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 2. Stories. Story 2-2 (A or B). Pages 26-51. (Михаил Веллер «Тест»).
Wednesday
Read Лазея в прошлое from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Summarize it in 10 short Russian sentences. In all sentences, mark the aspect, tense and conjugation type of all verbs. For reference on aspect, use these Web pages: Aspect: Perfective and Imperfective verbs (including the links to взять/брать and пойти/ходить), How to express past, present, and future, Prefixed and unprexifed verbs, and Aspect partners with different roots.
Week 12: Sunday 11/09/14 - Saturday 11/15/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Read One-Way and Non-One-Way verbs of motion on the Web and write 10 short Russian sentences using various verbs of motion in various situations that illustrate the difference in their meaning: Round trip vs. one direction and other similar distinctions. You will find these Web pages useful for reference: Six sample verbs of motion, Expressing "go", Пойти vs. ходить, Prefixes, More prefixes, and More examples. Use the dictionary to verify spelling and conjugation. In class, we'll also talk about deverbal and imperative forms.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 6. Stories. Story 6-1 (A or B), Pages 1-30. (Людмила Улицкая "Явление природы")
Wednesday
By now, you should be able to spell all forms for pronouns, nouns, adjectives, and verbs without consulting any tables. (This does not include deverbal forms--participles and deverbal adverbs in the last two columns of the dictionary entries.) Take as much of this online Self-Test 2 as you have time for. If your computer doesn't play the sound correctly, use any PC in the language lab. Compare your results to the provided answers and analyze your errors, if any. Take the test again if you feel you can do better the second time. Bring your first version to class. We will use this dictation to review everything you have learned about pronouns, nouns, adjectives, and verbs in the recent weeks as well as the earlier material.
Week 13: Sunday 11/16/14 - Saturday 11/22/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Use your corrected homework and answers to Self-Test 2 again to review. In class, you'll write a dictation similar to the one in Self-Test 2.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 6. Stories. Story 6-1 (A or B), Pages 31-53. (Людмила Улицкая "Явление природы")
Wednesday
Read about Prepositions, Particles, and Conjunctions. Write a short letter to a friend or family member using as many of these rules as you can.
Week 14: Sunday 11/23/14 - Saturday 11/29/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Read Место вашего рождения from «Слово о словах» Льва Успенского. Write a short essay about your family: where did you come from, what language(s) did you, your parents, and your grandparents speak before coming to the US, how did you all learn English, how English and your earlier languages co-exist in your family, and anything else that might occur to you in this respect.
Tuesday
Advanced Russian: Chapter 6. Stories. Story 6-1 (A or B), Pages 54-77. (Людмила Улицкая "Явление природы")
Wednesday
Каникулы - День Благодарения
Week 15: Sunday 11/30/14 - Saturday 12/06/14 [show/hide]
Monday
Use this Review Guide in Acrobat (PDF) format as you review the material of the entire semester. In class, you will write a practice exam that is similar to the final exam.
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
Review everything, come to class with questions. If you like, use this online Self-Test 3 to identify your weak spots. If your computer doesn't play the sound correctly, use any PC in the language lab. Compare your results to the provided answers and analyze your errors, if any.
Week 16: Sunday 12/07/14 - Saturday 12/13/14 [show/hide]
 
 
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