Russian 4414: 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 сценариев) и чтение вебсайтов. Обе части преподает Виктория Цимберова.


Watching the films:
At the moment, both Папа and Водитель для Веры can be watched on YouTube. If you cannot access them at the above links, or simply want better video quality, go to the language lab in Noyes Lodge and use any of the Windows or Macintosh computers. Log in (a password, if required, is provided by the lab staff) and start Internet Explorer or Firefox. From the Bookmarks or Favorites menu, select Movies for Courses, then 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 to online transcripts that you can open in a separate window as you watch the film. This can also be done in the two computer rooms in Uris Library. If you don't see a bookmark, then go to and click Media Library, then Streaming Videos for Class, and log in. If you have any technical difficulties, or prefer using a DVD and its menus, ask for the DVD at the counter: Daddy DVD RV96 and Driver for Vera DVD RV85.

Working with Alexander Galich's play
Read the assigned portion of the text and be prepared to tell the story from the point of view of one of the characters (your choice). Prepare four questions for your classmates on the text.

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 письменную работу (1 - 1.5 печатных страниц) на одну из тем, указанных 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 wrote to your teacher, preferably ahead of time.