Russian 4413: Course Description

This is a TBA course. TBA means "time to be arranged" (to accommodate as many students as we can). We hold an organizational meeting for all TBA courses at the beginning of each semester. The time and place of the meeting are posted under "Current Announcements" at our home page, (click Welcome in the navigation bar on the left).

Курс состоит из двух частей — просмотр фильмов и чтение газет. Обе части преподает Виктория Цимберова.


Watching the films and the Kommunalka videos:

You may watch both films on YouTube (see links under Online course materials) while consulting the transcript in a separate window (see links above). You may also watch them in the language lab in Noyes Lodge on the lab computers: log in (a password, if required, is provided by the lab staff) and start a browser. Check the browser's Bookmarks or Favorites menu; if it has Movies for Courses, click that and log in to Video on Demand using russian9999 both as the user name and the password. Scroll down to the film you want, and click the cover picture. Note the links for online transcripts that you can open in a separate window as you watch the film. If there is no bookmark, visit and click Media Library, then Streaming Videos for Class, then log in with the same user name and password. If you have any technical difficulties, or prefer using a DVD and its menus, ask for the DVD at the counter in Noyes Lodge: Interviews from Russia DVD RV95 and Tycoon DVD RV86.

To work with the site Communal Living in Russia, use any multimedia computer and visit

Reading the Web sites (or newspapers)
Read the story you have selected form a Russian Web site or newspaper. Prepare to report on it in 7 to 8 minutes.

К последней неделе вы должны будете написать письменные работы (1 - 1.5 печатных страниц) на темы, указанные в расписании.

Зачеты и оценки
Ваша оценка будет зависеть от вашей работы в течение всего семестра (75%) и от того, как вы подготовитесь к зачетным занятиям на последней неделе: два сочинения и устные сообщения на те же темы (25%).

Attendance is very important for your learning and your grade. If you have to miss a class, be sure to write to your teacher, preferably ahead of time.