Russian 1104: Course Description

This is a TBA course: the meeting days and times will be established at the Organizational Meeting (see Current Announcements on the home page).

Russian 1104 is a variable credit course: if you plan to attend one day a week, register for 1 credit hour/unit; if you plan to attend both weekly classes, register for 2 credit hours.

The course objectives, course materials and the nature of the assignments are described below. See Syllabus for dates and details. See Rooms and times for meeting times and places.

Taught by Raissa Krivitsky. Course Objectives: Reinforce vocabulary and grammar introduced in Russian 1122; develop fluency, accuracy, and authentic flair of speech by practicing conversation in Russian on a variety of topics; learn about life and customs in Russia through acting out various situations; improve Russian pronunciation and engage in an important aspect of Russian culture through singing Russian folk and popular songs.

Workload: at least 40 minutes of preparation are expected for each class.


A. Lora's Dialogs. Part 2

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.

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, 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.

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.