Taught by Raissa Krivitsky
Reinforcing vocabulary and grammar introduced in Russian 1121; developing fluency, accuracy, and authentic flair of speech by practicing conversation in Russian on a variety of topics; learning about life and customs in Russia through acting out various situations; improving Russian pronunciation and engaging in an important aspect of Russian culture through singing Russian folk and popular songs.
A. Lora's Dialogs. Part 1
This on-line resource with an audio component contains hundreds of four-line dialogs that suggest useful conversation patterns with room for variation and improvisation. Both fun and practical, these dialogs are not only practiced and memorized, but also serve as models for students' creativity. For detailed information on how to use this on-line resource, click here.
All computers in the Language Resource Center in Noyes Lodge are properly equipped to use the site, so if you don't have your own computer that is suitable, please work there. While working with the site, click the question mark in the clock for directions.
Your assignment for each class is indicated in the Syllabus. Select a Chapter from the "calendar" and a Dialog from the "clock." Read the Dialog, clicking on unfamiliar words for their translations. If you know that you'll need to use an inflected form of a word (such as a tense or case form), click "details" in the dictionary entry to see all these forms spelled out.
Click any button in the "Why?" panel to read grammatical explanations. These all come from Beginning Russian by Leed et al. While in the grammar window, you can click a link to Contents or Subject Index and read any other grammar section. (The same online Grammar is available at our home page.)
After reading and analyzing the text of each dialog, play the audio recording (click the small arrow next to the speaker icon in the gray QuickTime controller below the text). Then read along with the recording. Using Lora's Dialogs does not involve recording your voice, but we still want you to speak as you work with this Web page. After working with the original dialog, do the practice part: click the large gray arrow below the text and try to "fill in the blanks" in your mind and by speaking aloud. Then click the arrow again to see if your guess was correct, and listen to the recording of the correct answer.
You may print the text of each Dialog (or the entire Chapter): select the Chapter, then click the question mark in the clock while holding down the Shift key, then click the "Display for printing" button, and when the chapter is displayed, use the Print command on the browser's File menu. To print only some of the dialogs, specify the page numbers in the Print window: each Dialog prints on its own page. [hide these directions]
B. Russian Folk and Popular Songs
Russian folk and popular songs with glossaries and comments, compiled and prepared by Raissa Krivitsky, will be handed out in class as the course proceeds.
Click the links in the Syllabus and read, practice (with substitutions), and memorize the three dialogs assigned for the class. Prepare to recite these dialogs in class with little or no prompting. Pay special attention to using correct grammatical forms of the substitution words.
In addition to memorizing the assigned dialogs, beginning on week 5, write and bring to class a two-line dialog of your own on a related topic. For the final class of the semester, students in groups of two or more will write and perform a skit, in which each participant should recite no less than four lines. The skit may or may not include a song for extra credit.
Students are encouraged to make an individual arrangement with the instructor for a single 15 minute "pronunciation clinic" session between 4th and 8th weeks of classes.
Grading and tests:
There are no tests and no written assignments in this course. Your course grade will depend on your performance in class throughout the entire semester The grading criteria and the roughly estimated value of each component of your performance are as follows:
This course is highly interactive, therefore regular attendance is mandatory. Missing more than 3 classes without a good reason will affect your grade. It is your responsibility to notify the instructor about the nature of your absence. Advance notice will be appreciated.