Russian 1121: Syllabus
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  • Homework: each row in this table shows the assignment for the day.
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Week 1: Sunday 08/30/20 - Saturday 09/05/20 [show/hide]
Wednesday
Get acquainted, talk about the course, test and practice using the equipment. Talk about the Zoom features we'll be making use of in this course.
Thursday
Collect these 12 objects around your house and have them handy during this class:
  • drinking glass (not a paper/plastic cup); envelope (any size); pencil (any color); writing chalk (any color)
  • newspaper; pen; a few sheets of paper; book
  • egg (preferably plastic or wood); bottle of wine (can be empty); ring; letter
12 objects
Friday

The cells in each row show the homework that has to be done before the class. For example, this is the homework that must be done before coming to class on this day, Day 2. Read about each type of homework in Course Description (link at the top of this syllabus).

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.

  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.
  3. Arrange a brief (5 to 10 minutes) private Zoom meeting with one of your new classmates to practice saying the sentences you have learned and to clarify anything that one of you may have missed or didn't quite get in class. And don't forget to chat about your hobbies, your pets, and your politics :-)
Week 2: Sunday 09/06/20 - Saturday 09/12/20 [show/hide]
Monday
(Yes, classes are taught on Labor Day.)
  1. Read & analyze: Les.2 (English; Russian alphabet). This link may help you learn the alphabet.
  2. Write: Les. 2 pp.5-9 (the teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it). This video is a good way to learn how to connect the letters. You can try this one, too.
  3. Listen, record, and submit: Les.2 in Web Audio Lab.
  4. Arrange a brief (5 to 10 minutes) private Zoom meeting with another of your new classmates to practice saying what you have learned and to clarify anything that one of you may have missed or didn't quite get in class.
  5. Memorize: names of letters (but not the order of the alphabet)
Tuesday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.3; Les.4
  2. Write: Les.3 pp.12-14
  3. (the teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it)
  4. 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.)
  5. Listen, record, and submit: Les.3 in Web Audio Lab.
Wednesday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.5
  2. Write: Les.4 pp.17-18
  3. (the teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it)
  4. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 4 in Web Audio Lab
Thursday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.6
  2. Write: Les.5 p.21
  3. (the teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it)
  4. Practice reading aloud: Les.6:1
  5. Listen, record, and submit: Les.5 in Web Audio Lab.
  6. Memorize: Les.5:5
Friday
  1. Read & analyze: pp.24,25,26
  2. Practice reading aloud: Les.6:3
  3. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 6 in Web Audio Lab.
Week 3: Sunday 09/13/20 - Saturday 09/19/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

How to name your homework file: YourNetID_LessXExY_YourName, e.g. sp27_Less7Ex6_Slava.pdf

  1. Read & analyze: Les.7
  2. Write: Les.7:6 (Use the link above to submit your PDF.)
  3. Practice reading aloud: Les.7:1,2,3
  4. Listen, record, and submit: Les.7 in Web Audio Lab.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

How to name your homework file: YourNetID_LessXExY_YourName, e.g. sp27_Less7Ex6_Slava.pdf

  1. Read & analyze: Les.8
  2. Write: Les.8:6 (Use the link above to submit your PDF.)
  3. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 8 in Web Audio Lab.
  4. Memorize: numbers 1-10
  5. Arrange a brief (5 to 10 minutes) private Zoom meeting with a classmates to practice saying the numbers from memory.
Wednesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

How to name your homework file: YourNetID_LessXExY_YourName, e.g. sp27_Less7Ex6_Slava.pdf

Things are changing, starting next Monday! 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:
  • Tuesday & Thursday (Slava): grammar, writing (corrected but not scored), self-test quizzes
  • Monday & Wednesday (Viktoria): video
  • Friday (Raissa): exercises for grammar & vocabulary review, sound recordings, scored written homework
All homework is explained in the Course Description (see link at the top of this syllabus).
  1. Read & analyze: Les. 9. In case you are still waiting for your copy of the book, here are Lessons 9-12 in PDF format.
  2. Write: Les 9:8 (Use the link above to submit your PDF.)
  3. Practice reading aloud: Les 9:1,6
Thursday
Listen, record, and submit: Les.9 in Web Audio Lab.
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

How to name your homework file: YourNetID_LessXExY_YourName, e.g. sp27_Less7Ex6_Slava.pdf

Review of Lessons 1-9 in the book
  1. Practice reading aloud: Les.7:1; 8:1,2; 9:6;
  2. Write (scored) 9:3. (Write this short dialog 5 times using the 5 substitution words given: вино, книга, etc.) Use the link above to submit your PDF.

If you have not yet had a one-on-one Button-Hole meeting with one or more of your teachers, make arrangements for that ASAP. See "Zoom" under "Online course materials" about this.

Week 4: Sunday 09/20/20 - Saturday 09/26/20 [show/hide]
Monday
  1. Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Intermission.
    1. select Eralash in your WAL menu after the log-in
    2. select Intermission in the top menu and Entire Episode in the bottom menu
    3. click Go
    4. play the video, read the transcript, click unfamiliar words for dictionary entries (displayed in the References panel)
    5. write an English translation of the transcript
  2. read & practice the assignments in the other sections by selecting them from the bottom menu:
    1. Role Playing
    2. Exercise 1.1
    3. Discussion 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

  1. Read & analyze: Les. 10
  2. 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).
    COLLT work is assigned for every Tuesday and Thursday: log in to COLLT and practice grammatical endings by doing the fill-in-the-blanks Beginning Russian Quizzes exercises. This will let you test your understanding of many grammar and spelling principles. Click Finish when done: this will record and date your work and display your score. See also the COLLT FAQ.
  3. Write: Les 10:5 (Use the link above to submit your PDF.)
Wednesday
  1. Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Stray Dog
    If you missed the directions for doing this work, read Course Description or consult the similar assignment in Week 3, above.
  2. Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1,2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
  3. Arrange a brief (5 to 10 minutes) private Zoom meeting with a classmates to practice some of the role playing in this video. (Next week you will be asked to Zoom-record this assignment.)
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

  1. Read & analyze: Les. 11.
  2. 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).
    If you missed the directions for doing this work, read Course Description or consult the similar assignment in Week 3, above.
  3. Write: Les. 11:6 (Use the link above to submit your PDF.)
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 10-11 in the book
  1. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 10, Les. 11 in Web Audio Lab.
  2. Write (scored) 10:4 Write three times with these three substitutions: учебник, письмо, дыня. (Use the link above to submit your PDF.)
Week 5: Sunday 09/27/20 - Saturday 10/03/20 [show/hide]
Monday
  1. Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Crazy Day
  2. Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
  3. Arrange a private Zoom meeting with a classmate and record Role Playing. See recording directions under Zoom in section Online course materials.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

  1. Read & analyze: Les. 12, pp. 37-38. In case you are still waiting for your copy of the book, here are Lessons 1-21 in PDF format.
  2. Self-Test Quiz to Lesson 12 in COLLT. After this quiz your score should be 60.
  3. Write: Les. 12:4
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: My summer Vacation
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. Arrange a private Zoom meeting with a classmate and record a portion of Role Playing. See recording directions under Zoom in section Online course materials.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 12-14 in the book
  1. Listen, record, and submit: 12.1; 13.2,4; 14.4; in Web Audio Lab. Note that for the rest of the semester, selected exercises from each Lesson--not entire Lessons--are assigned for recording. The link will take you to the first of the assigned exercises.
  2. Write 14:6 scored; the writing assignment for Friday is always scored; this note will not be repeated)
Week 6: Sunday 10/04/20 - Saturday 10/10/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Brothers
Read & practice: Role Playing 2, 3, 5, 7, 8; Exercises 2.1, 2.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2, 1.3. Zoom-record one or two scene of Role Playing with a friend.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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).
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Intersection
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2. For all Eralash classes for the rest of the semester, meet with a friend on Zoom and record a portion of the Role Playing exercise(s): one or two of the scenes, or a part of a longer scene. This note will not be repeated.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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.
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 15-18 in the book

Listen, record, and submit: (Note that for the rest of the semester, only selected exercises in each Lesson are assigned for recording.) 15.1, 16.2, 18.1 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 17:5

Time for another Button-Hole meeting with one or more of your teachers! If you have not had one recently, make arrangements now.

Week 7: Sunday 10/11/20 - Saturday 10/17/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Freedom
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercise 1.1; Discussion 1.1.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Read & analyze: Les. 19; Les. 20
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 19 & 20 in COLLT. Target score: 209.
Write: Les. 20:4
Wednesday
No classes (one-day break)
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 19-22 in the book

Listen, record, and submit: 19.3; 20.2; 21.1; 22.1, 2, 3 in Web Audio Lab.
Write 21:4
Week 8: Sunday 10/18/20 - Saturday 10/24/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch and review: Any film that was covered over the previous four weeks (weeks# 3,4,5, 6&7)
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.
Tuesday
Midterm (online, the usual Zoom room, the usual 50 minutes) covering Lessons 10-21 in BR, Eralash videos through Freedom (inclusive), and Review Paper 1.
Use the appropriate portions of these pages to review and prepare for the midterm:
COLLT Review Lessons 10-50; Written Homework Review Lessons 10-50; Eralash Review; Review & Research Papers; note this description of the midterm and the final exam.
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Lovers
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 23-24 in the book
Listen, record, and submit: 23.3; 24.3 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 24:2 (write 3 times for these 3 substitutions: бумага, карандаш, письмо)
Week 9: Sunday 10/25/20 - Saturday 10/31/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Train Beggar
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Read & analyze: Les. 25; Les. 26
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 25 & 26 in COLLT. Target score: 330.
Write: Les. 26:5
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Big Bad Wolf
Read & practice: Role Playing in all scenes; Exercise 1.1; Discussion 1.1, 1.3.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Read & analyze: 27; 28; page 79 (Nom. Plural.)
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 27 & 28 in COLLT. Target score: 358.
Write: 28:6
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 25-28 in the book
Listen, record, and submit: 25.2; 25.4; 26.1; 26.3; 27.2; 28.3; 28.5 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 25:6
Week 10: Sunday 11/01/20 - Saturday 11/07/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Gogol
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Cinderella
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.2, 1.3.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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)
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 29-32 in the book
Listen, record, and submit: 29.1; 30.3; 30.5; 31.1; 32.1 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 32:4: Write Russian translations of the four sentences in the first of the three columns.
Week 11: Sunday 11/08/20 - Saturday 11/14/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Curious George
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Read & analyze: 33; 34
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 33 & 34 in COLLT. Target score:534.
Write: finish and submit Review Paper 2.
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Kefir
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.2, 1.4; Discussion 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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?
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 33-36 in the book
Listen, record, and submit: 33.3; 34.1; 35.1; 36.1 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 34:5
Week 12: Sunday 11/15/20 - Saturday 11/21/20 [show/hide]
Monday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Tuesday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Wednesday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Thursday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Friday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Week 13: Sunday 11/22/20 - Saturday 11/28/20 [show/hide]
Сегћдня пїтница, двђдцать седьмће ноябрї.
Monday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Tuesday
No classes Nov 14 - Nov 24
Wednesday
Thanksgiving break
Thursday
Thanksgiving break
Friday
Thanksgiving break
Week 14: Sunday 11/29/20 - Saturday 12/05/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: 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").
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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!)
Wednesday
Watch and review: Any film that was covered over the past four weeks of classes.
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
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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)
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 37-40 in the book
Practice reading aloud: 37:2,4; 38:1; 39.1; 40.1,2
Listen, record, and submit: 37.2,4; 38.1; 39.1; 39.2; 40.2 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 40:4
Week 15: Sunday 12/06/20 - Saturday 12/12/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Phone 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").
Tuesday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Read & analyze: p.105; p. 121 (Inst. case); Lessons 41; 42
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 41 & 42 in COLLT. Target score: 666.
Write: 41:5; 42:7
Practice reading aloud: 42:2
Note that Review Paper 3 is due next week.
Bring «Что я видел» to all Slava's classes. (This reminder will not be repeated.)
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Present
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.2, 1.3.
Thursday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

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
Friday
Use this link to submit written homework for this day (PDF only), if any is due.

Review of Lessons 41-44 in the book
Practice reading aloud: 41:1,4; 42:1; 43.1; 44.3,4
Listen, record, and submit: 41.1; 42.1; 43.1; 44.3,4 in Web Audio Lab.
Write: 42:5
Week 16: Sunday 12/13/20 - Saturday 12/19/20 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: 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").
Tuesday
Grammar review class: submit Review Paper 3. As you work on it, note any issues that you do not fully understand or remember, or are likely to have trouble with at the final exam. Bring these notes and any questions to class. As you review for this class and for the exam, you may find these links useful:
(Ignore the Lessons that were not actually assigned this semester, i.e. everything beyond Lesson 44.) COLLT Review Lessons 10-50; Written Homework Review Lessons 10-50; Eralash Review; Review & Research Papers; note this description of the final exam.
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.
Week 17: Sunday 12/20/20 - Saturday 12/26/20 [show/hide]
 
 
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