RUSSA1121 Course Syllabus in the Russian Language Program at Cornell University
Russian 1121: Syllabus
Week 1: Wednesday 08/27/13 - Tuesday 09/02/13
Wednesday

The cells in each row show the homework that has to be done before the class.

The first two weeks of classes are different from the later routine, because it is difficult to separate reading, grammar, and conversation while you are still learning the alphabet and the sound system. There are additional notes in the syllabus after the second week.

No homework to prepare for today (Wednesday).

Thursday
This is the homework that must be done before coming to class on Thursday. Read Course Description (link at the top of this syllabus) about each type of homework.

1) Read & analyze: Les.1; Les.2:2 (English only). (Here are the first 8 Lessons in PDF format that you may use if your copy of the book hasn't arrived yet.)
2) Listen, record, and submit: Lesson 1 in Web Audio Lab.

Friday
Read & analyze: Les.2 (English; Russian alphabet)
Write: Les. 2 pp.5-9
Listen, record, and submit: Les.2 in Web Audio Lab.
Memorize: names of letters (but not the order of the alphabet)
Monday
Labor Day
Tuesday
Read & analyze: Les.3; Les.4
Write: Les.3 pp.12-14
Watch this 15-minute video by the voice teacher Carl Ratner on the palatalization of Russian consonants. (The video may be followed by another one on Russian vowels, but you do not have to watch that.)
Listen, record, and submit: Les.3 in Web Audio Lab.
Week 2: Wednesday 09/03/13 - Tuesday 09/09/13
Wednesday
Read & analyze: Les.5
Write: Les.4 pp.17-18
Listen, record, and submit: Les. 4 in Web Audio Lab
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les.6
Write: Les.5 p.21
Practice reading aloud: Les.6:1
Listen, record, and submit: Les.5 in Web Audio Lab.
Memorize: Les.5:5
Friday
Read & analyze: pp.24,25,26
Practice reading aloud: Les.6:3
Listen, record, and submit: Les. 6 in Web Audio Lab.
Monday
Read & analyze: Les.7
Write: Les.7:6
Practice reading aloud: Les.7:1,3
Listen, record, and submit: Les.7 in Web Audio Lab.
Tuesday
Read & analyze: Les.8
Write: Les.8:6
Practice reading aloud: Les.8:1,2 (use this Lesson in Web Audio Lab for help)
Memorize: numbers 1-10
Week 3: Wednesday 09/10/13 - Tuesday 09/16/13
Wednesday
Practice reading aloud: Les.7:1,2; Les.8:1,2
Listen, record, and submit: Les. 8 in Web Audio Lab.
Memorize: Les.7:2; Les.8:1
Thursday
Things are changing! During the first two weeks of classes, it was difficult to separate reading, grammar, and conversation, because you were still learning the alphabet and the sound system. Now these components of the course will be more or less separate, and you'll have a different teacher for each kind of work:
  • Thursday & Monday (Slava): grammar, writing, self-test quizzes
  • Friday & Wednesday (Viktoria): video
  • Tuesday (Raissa): exercises, sound recordings, memorization
All homework is explained in the Course Description (see link at the top of this syllabus).
Read & analyze: Les. 9
Write: Les 9:8
Practice reading aloud: Les 9:1,6
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-3: Where did the Golden days Go?
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercise 1.1, Discussion 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: Les. 10
For this day, and for every Monday and Thursday the rest of the semester, log in to COLLT (a link in the navigation bar under Online course materials, also mentioned in the Course Description) to practice grammatical endings by doing the fill-in-the-blanks Beginning Russian Quizzes. Click Finish when done: this will record and date your work. You should be able to do this work on your own computer, and you can also use the Windows or Mac OS X computers in the language lab.
Before this class, do the self-test Quiz to Lesson 10 in COLLT. When you complete this quiz and click Finish, your displayed score should be 12 points (1 point per blank).
Write: Les 10:5
Practice reading aloud: Les. 10:3,4
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: Les.10:1,2,3,4
Listen, record, and submit: Les.10 in Web Audio Lab.
Memorize: Les.10:3
Week 4: Wednesday 09/17/13 - Tuesday 09/23/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-7: A Stray Dog
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1,2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les. 11
Self-Test Quiz to Lesson 11 in COLLT. After this quiz your score should be 24 (12 points for Quiz to Lesson 10 plus 12 points for this one).
Write: Les. 11:6
Practice reading aloud: Les.11:1,3
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-5: A Crazy Day
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: Les. 12, pp. 37-38.

Self-Test Quiz to Lesson 12 in COLLT. After this quiz your score should be 60.
Write: Les. 12:4
Practice reading aloud: Les.12:1
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: Les. 12:2,3
Listen, record, and submit: (note that for the rest of the semester, selected exercises from each Lesson are assigned for recording) 11.1; 12.1; 12.3A; 12.3B; 12.3C; 12.3D in Web Audio Lab.
Memorize: Les. 12:1
Week 5: Wednesday 09/24/13 - Tuesday 09/30/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-4: My summer Vacation: An Essay
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les.13, 14
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 13 & 14 in COLLT. After these quizzes your score should be 109.
Write: Les.13:6
Practice reading aloud: Les. 13:4,5; 14:3,5
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-1: Brothers
Read & practice: Role Playing in scenes 2, 3, 5, 7, 8; Exercises 2.1, 2.2 (the number before the period indicates the scene in a multi-scene episode); Discussion 1.3 (in a multi-scene episode, the Discussion tab appears when you select "Entire episode"). (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: Les. 15, 16
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 15 & 16 in COLLT. After these quizzes, your score should be 146.
Write: Start working on Review Paper 1 (print it from the link in the Course Description).
Practice reading aloud: Les.15:1,2; Les.16:1,2,4
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 13.2; 15:1; 16:2
Listen, record, and submit: (Note that for the rest of the semester, only selected exercises in each Lesson are assigned for recording.) 13.2; 13.4; 14.4; 15.1, 16.2 in Web Audio Lab.
Memorize: Les.16:1
Week 6: Wednesday 10/01/13 - Tuesday 10/07/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-7: An Intersection
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les. 17; Les. 18
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 17 & 18 in COLLT. After these quizzes, your score should be 170.
Write: Finish and submit Review Paper #1.
Practice reading aloud: Les. 17:3,4; Les. 18:4
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-4: The First Day of Freedom
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercise 1.1; Discussion 1.1. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: Les. 19; Les. 20
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 19 & 20 in COLLT. Target score: 209.
Write: Les. 20:4
Practice reading aloud: Les. 19:2,6 (don't write!); Les. 20:2,5
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: Les. 18.1; 19:3,4; Les. 20:2,3,6
Listen, record, and submit: 17.4; 18.1; 19.3; 20.2 in Web Audio Lab
Memorize: Les. 19:1
Week 7: Wednesday 10/08/13 - Tuesday 10/13/13
Wednesday
Watch and review: Any film that was covered over the previous four weeks (weeks# 3,4,5 & 6)
Prepare a skit: Working with another student from your 1121 section, select any scene(s) from the film that you chose to review (above), memorize the dialog, and be prepared to perform it in class. You may make changes in the dialog and the story, if you like, but keep the vocabulary close to the original.
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les. 21; pp.60,62; Les. 22
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 21 & 22 in COLLT. Target score: 239.
Write: Les. 22:6
Practice reading aloud: Les.21:2; Les.22:2
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-3: Lovers' Quarrel
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Fall break
Tuesday
Fall break
Week 8: Wednesday 10/15/13 - Tuesday 10/21/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-5: The Train Beggar
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les. 23; Les. 24
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 23 & 24 in COLLT. Target score: 289.
Write: Les. 23:6; Les. 24:5
Practice reading aloud: Review on p.61
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-3: Big Bad Wolf
Read & practice: Role Playing in all scenes; Exercise 1.1 (the number before the period indicates the scene in a multi-scene episode); Discussion 1.1, 1.3 (in a multi-scene episode, the Discussion tab appears when you select "Entire episode"). (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: Les. 25; Les. 26
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 25 & 26 in COLLT. Target score: 330.
Write: Les. 26:5
Practice reading aloud: 25:6 (don't write!) 26:4
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 23.1; Les. 24.3; Les. 25:2,4,7; Les. 26:3
Listen, record, and submit: 23.3; 24.3; 25.2; 25.4; 26.3 in WAL.
Memorize: Les. 25:1
Week 9: Wednesday 10/22/13 - Tuesday 10/28/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-8: N.V. Gogol
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: 27; 28
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 27 & 28 in COLLT. Target score: 358.
Write: 28:6
Practice reading aloud: 27:2,3,5 (don't write!)
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-5: Cinderella
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.2, 1.3. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: 29; 30; pp.79,80
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 29 & 30 in COLLT. These review quizzes will require more time than usual. Target score: 465.
Write: 29:6; 30:7
Practice reading aloud: 30:5
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 27.1; 28.1,3; 29:2,3; 30:1,4,6
Listen, record, and submit: 27.2; 28.3; 28.5; 29.1; 30.3; 30.5 in WAL
Memorize: 29:1
Week 10: Wednesday 10/29/13 - Tuesday 11/04/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-6: Curious George
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: 31; 32
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 31 & 32 in COLLT. Target score: 500.
Write: 31:3; start working on Review Paper #2 (print it from a link in Course Description)
Practice reading aloud: 31:2, 32:4 (don't write!)
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-1: Where's the Money?
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: 33; 34
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 33 & 34 in COLLT. Target score:534.
Write: finish and submit Review Paper 2.
Practice reading aloud: 34:4,5 (don't write!)
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 31.2; 32.2; 33:2,4; 34:1
Listen, record, and submit: 31.1; 32.1; 33.3; 34.1 in WAL.
Memorize: 33:1
Week 11: Wednesday 11/05/13 - Tuesday 11/11/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-7: A Piggy Bank
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: 35; 36
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 35 & 36 in COLLT. Target score:567.
Write: 35:3,4 (write complete sentences). Note: You can use a format that allows you to avoid copying the same text, e.g. Вы едите икру/пьёте молоко/вернёте книги/вернётесь?
Practice reading aloud: 36:4 (don't write!)
Friday
Watch and review: Any film that was covered over the weeks # 8, 9, 10 & 11
Prepare a skit: Working with another student from your 1121 section, select any scene(s) from the film that you chose to review (above), memorize the dialog, and be prepared to perform it in class. You may make changes in the dialog and the story, if you like, but keep the vocabulary close to the original.
Monday
Read & analyze: 37; 38; p.103,106
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 37 & 38 in COLLT. Target score: 595.
Write: 37:5 (1st part only); 38:3 (write complete sentences). Note: In 38:3, you can use a format that allows you to avoid copying the same text, e.g. О нём/ней/них.
Practice reading aloud: 38:4 (don't write!)
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 35.3; 36.1; 37:2,4; 38:1
Listen, record, and submit: 35.1; 36.1; 37.2,4; 38.1 in WAL
Memorize: 37:1
Week 12: Wednesday 11/12/13 - Tuesday 11/18/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-1: An Apple
Read & practice: Role Playing in all scenes; Exercises 1.1., 2.1 (the number before the period indicates the scene in a multi-scene episode); Discussion 1.2, 1.3 (in a multi-scene episode, the Discussion tab appears when you select "Entire episode"). (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Read & analyze: 39; 40; p.104
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 39 & 40 in COLLT. Target score: 619.
Write: 39:5 (first part only: write 30 verb forms)
Practice reading aloud: 39:4, 40:4 (don't write!)
Start bringing «Что я видел» to every Monday and Thursday class.
Friday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-4: A Present
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.2, 1.3. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: p.105; p. 121 (Inst. case); 41; 42
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 41 & 42 in COLLT. Target score: 666.
Write: 41:5; 42:7
Practice reading aloud: 42:2
Bring «Что я видел» to every Monday and Thursday class.
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 39.1; 40.1,2; 41:1,4; 42:1
Listen, record, and submit: 39.1; 39.2; 40.2; 41.1; 42.1 in WAL.
Memorize: 41:1
Week 13: Wednesday 11/19/13 - Tuesday 11/25/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-2: A Telephone Call
Read & practice: Role Playing in all scenes; Exercises 3.1., 4.1 (the number before the period indicates the scene in a multi-scene episode); Discussion 1.1, 1.2 (in a multi-scene episode, the Discussion tab appears when you select "Entire episode"). (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.) Watch & write an English translation:
Thursday
Read & analyze: 43; 44
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 43 & 44 in COLLT. Target score: 714.
Write: 43:5; 44:5 (1st part only)
Practice reading aloud: 43:2
Bring «Что я видел» to every Monday and Thursday class.
Friday

Eralash-4: A Special Committee
Read & practice: Role Playing in all scenes; Exercises 1.1., 2.1 (the number before the period indicates the scene in a multi-scene episode); Discussion 1.1, 1.2 (in a multi-scene episode, the Discussion tab appears when you select "Entire episode"). (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Monday
Read & analyze: 45; 46
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 45 & 46 in COLLT. Target score: 746.
Write: 45:4; 46:5 (1st part only). Note that Review Paper 3 is due on the last Monday of the semester.
Practice reading aloud: 46:5, 2nd part (don't write)
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 43.1; 44.3,4; 45:2,5; 46:4
Listen, record, and submit: 43.1; 44.3,4; 45.2,3, 46.1,2 in WAL.
Memorize: 46:1
Week 14: Wednesday 11/26/13 - Tuesday 12/02/13
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash-4: A Fateful Encounter
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.2, 1.3; Discussion 1.2, 1.3. (Print and bring the texts you think you'll need to look at in class.)
Thursday
Thanksgiving break
Friday
Thanksgiving break
Monday
Read & analyze: 47; 48; p.121
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 47 & 48 in COLLT. Target score: 809.
Write: Submit Review Paper 3.
Practice reading aloud: 48:3,4
Tuesday
Practice reading aloud: 47:3,4 (don't write); 48:1,2,5
Listen, record, and submit: 47; 48 in WAL.
Memorize: 47:1
Week 15: Wednesday 12/03/13 - Tuesday 12/09/13
Wednesday
Watch and review: Any film that was covered this semester
Prepare a skit: Working with another student from your 1121 section, select any scene(s) from the film that you chose to review (above), memorize the dialog, and be prepared to perform it in class. You may make changes in the dialog and the story, if you like, but keep the vocabulary close to the original.
Thursday
Read & analyze: 49; 50; p.122
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 49 & 50 in COLLT. Target score: 835.
Write: 48:5 (complete sentences)
Friday
Same assignment as the previous Wednesday (but choose a different video).
Monday
study week
Tuesday
study week