Russian 1121: Syllabus
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Week 1: Sunday 08/21/22 - Saturday 08/27/22 [show/hide]
Monday

Each cells shows 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. That's when you start watching videos.

No homework to prepare for today.

Tuesday
This is the homework that must be done before coming to class. Read Course Description (link at the top of this syllabus) for directions on doing each type of homework.
  1. Read & analyze: Les.1; Les.2:2 (English only). If you do not yet have the book, use this PDF of the first 8 Lessons.
  2. Listen, record, and submit: Lesson 1 in Web Audio Lab. Read about this in the Course Description (link at the top of this syllabus) and in About WAL under On-line Course Materials on the left.
Wednesday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.2 (English; Russian alphabet) This link may help you learn the alphabet.
  2. Write (on paper or tablet): Les. 2 pp.5-9. This video is a good way to learn how to connect the letters. (Later, written homework will need to be submitted as PDF to the Canvas page for this course, but not this one: the teacher will look at your writing in class but will not collect it.)
  3. Listen, record, and submit: Les.2 in Web Audio Lab.
  4. Memorize: names of letters (but not the order of the alphabet)
Thursday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.3; Les.4
  2. Write: Les.3 pp.12-14. (The teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it this time.)
  3. 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.)
  4. Listen, record, and submit: Les.3 in Web Audio Lab.
Friday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.5
  2. Write: Les.4 pp.17-18. (The teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it this time.)
  3. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 4 in Web Audio Lab
Week 2: Sunday 08/28/22 - Saturday 09/03/22 [show/hide]
Monday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.6
  2. Write: Les.5 p.21. (The teacher will look at your writing but will not collect it this time.)
  3. Practice reading aloud: Les.6:1
  4. Listen, record, and submit: Les.5 in Web Audio Lab.
  5. Memorize: Les.5:5
Tuesday
  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.
Wednesday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.7
  2. Write: Les.7:6. Starting with this exercise, always convert your writing to a PDF file (if you write on paper, use Genius Scan or some other converter) and submit it to the Canvas webpage for this course. This is the only task for which we use Canvas. All other assignments and info are on this website.
  3. Practice reading aloud: Les.7:1,2,3
  4. Listen, record, and submit: Les.7 in Web Audio Lab.
Thursday
  1. Read & analyze: Les.8
  2. Write: Les.8:6. Always convert your writing to a PDF file (if you write on paper, use Genius Scan or some other converter) and submit it to the Canvas webpage for this course. This is the only task for which we use Canvas. All other assignments and info are on this website.
  3. Practice reading aloud: Les.8:1,2
  4. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 8 in Web Audio Lab.
  5. Memorize: numbers 1-10
Friday
Review of Lessons 5-8 in the book
  1. Read Grammar Review I and if there is something you do not understand, be sure to ask about it in class.
  2. Practice reading aloud: Les.5:4; 6:4; 7:4
  3. Be prepared to perform: Les. 6:3, 7:1, 8:1
  4. Write (graded) 8:1 Speed test. (Write this one sentence substituting the 10 words for the blank. This is for practicing the Accusative forms as well as writing in Cyrillic. Submit on Canvas as PDF (take a picture of your page and convert to a pdf file or use a stylus if you have one.)
  5. Memorize: the order of the alphabet
Week 3: Sunday 09/04/22 - Saturday 09/10/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Labor Day, no class
Tuesday
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:
  • Tuesday & Thursday (Slava): grammar, writing, self-test quizzes
  • Monday & Wednesday (Viktoria): video
  • Friday (Raissa): exercises, sound recordings, memorization
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 (only the 9:1 part). Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  3. Practice reading aloud: Les 9:1,6
Wednesday
  1. Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Intermission. Email it to your teacher, preferably on the night before the class but no later than 3 hours prior to the class.
    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.
Thursday
  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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  4. Practice reading aloud: Les. 10:3,4
Friday
Review of Lessons 9-10 in the book
  1. Practice performing or reading aloud: Les.9:6; Les.10:1,2,3;
  2. Listen, record, and submit: Les.9 and 10 in Web Audio Lab.
  3. Write (graded) 9:3. Write this short dialog 5 times using the 5 substitution words given: вино, книга, etc.). Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  4. Memorize: Les.9:4
Week 4: Sunday 09/11/22 - Saturday 09/17/22 [show/hide]
Monday
  1. Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Stray Dog. Email it to your teacher, preferably on the night before the class but no later than 3 hours prior to the class.
    If you missed the directions for doing this work, read Course Description (link at the top of this syllabus).
  2. Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1,2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Tuesday
  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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  4. Practice reading aloud: Les.11:1,3
Wednesday
  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.
Thursday
  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. This is the last PDF we will provide.
  2. Self-Test Quiz to Lesson 12 in COLLT. After this quiz your score should be 60.
  3. Write: Les. 12:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  4. Practice reading aloud: Les.12:1
Friday
Review of Lessons 11-12 in the book
  1. Practice reading aloud: Les. 11:1; Les. 12:2,3
  2. Listen, record, and submit: Les. 11, Les. 12 in Web Audio Lab.
  3. Write (graded) 12:2. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  4. Memorize: Les.12:1
Week 5: Sunday 09/18/22 - Saturday 09/24/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Ann Simmons, Moscow Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, will visit the 11:20 section of this class, answer questions, and speak about her work and your interest in Russian.
Homework for both sections: Read Ann Simmons' brief bio and at least three of her articles (in English) at this URL:
https://www.wsj.com/news/author/ann-m-simmons
If any of the stories raise questions you would like to discuss or ask, bring them to this meeting. This will not be a lecture: Ann says that she wants to meet the students who are studying Russian at Cornell. Our Arts College selected her as this year's Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Journalist. It is a rare thing that this prominent figure happens to specialize in Russia.
We strongly encourage the students in the 12:25 section to re-arrange their schedule and come at 11:20 on this day. If that is not possible, try to attend this Tuesday's 1:30 meeting in the same room.
Tuesday
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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: Les. 13:4,5; 14:3,5
Wednesday
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
Thursday
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; do not copy-and-paste, or the Russian accented vowels will become unreadable).
Practice reading aloud: Les.15:1,2; Les.16:1,2,4
Friday
Review of Lessons 13-16 in the book
  1. Practice reading aloud: 13.2; 15.1; 16.2;
  2. Listen, record, and submit: 13.2,4; 14.4; 15.1, 16.2, 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.
  3. Write (graded) 14:6. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
  4. Memorize: Les. 16:1
Week 6: Sunday 09/25/22 - Saturday 10/01/22 [show/hide]
Сегћдня суббћта, пљрвое октябрї.
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: My summer Vacation
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Tuesday
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 Review Paper #1. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: Les. 17:3,4; Les. 18:4
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Freedom
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercise 1.1; Discussion 1.1.
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les. 19; Les. 20
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 19 & 20 in COLLT. Target score: 209.
Write: Les. 20:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: Les. 19:2,6 (don't write!); Les. 20:2,5
Friday
Review of Lessons 17-20 in the book
Practice reading aloud: 17.4; 18.1; 20.2;
Listen, record, and submit: (Note that for the rest of the semester, only selected exercises in each Lesson are assigned for recording.) 17.1; 17.2A; 18.1; 19.3; in Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 17:5. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: Les. 19:1
Week 7: Sunday 10/02/22 - Saturday 10/08/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch and review: Any film that was covered over the previous 5 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
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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: Les.21:2; Les.22:2
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Lovers
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: Review on p.61
Friday
Review of Lessons 21-24 in the book
Practice reading aloud: Les. 21: 1; Les. 22: 1, 2, 3; Les. 24: 3
Listen, record, and submit: 21.1; 22.1, 2, 3 in Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 21:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: Les. 24:2
Week 8: Sunday 10/09/22 - Saturday 10/15/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Fall break
Tuesday
Fall break
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Train Beggar
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Thursday
Read & analyze: Les. 25; Les. 26
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 25 & 26 in COLLT. Target score: 330.
Write: Les. 26:5 (from America, from my sister, etc.). Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice performing/reading aloud: 25:6 (don't write!) 26:4
Friday
Review of Lessons 25-26 in the book
Practice reading aloud: Les. 25.2, 4, 7
Listen, record, and submit: 25.2; 25.4; 26.1; 26.3; Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 25.1. Speed Test. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: Les. 25.4
Week 9: Sunday 10/16/22 - Saturday 10/22/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Big Bad Wolf
Read & practice: Role Playing in all scenes; Exercise 1.1; Discussion 1.1, 1.3.
Tuesday
Read & analyze: 27; 28; page 79 (Nom. Plural.)
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 27 & 28 in COLLT. Target score: 358.
Write: 28:6. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 27:2,3,5 (don't write!)
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Gogol
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Thursday
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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 30:5
Friday
Review of Lessons 27-30 in the book
Practice reading aloud: Les. 29:2,3; 30:1,4,6;
Listen, record, and submit: 27.2; 28.3; 30.3; 30.5; in Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 27:5. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: 29:1
Week 10: Sunday 10/23/22 - Saturday 10/29/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Cinderella
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.3; Discussion 1.2, 1.3.
Tuesday
Read & analyze: 31; 32
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 31 & 32 in COLLT. Target score: 500.
Write: 31:3. Submit on Canvas as PDF. Start working on Review Paper #2 (print it from a link in Course Description)
Practice reading aloud: 31:2, 32:4 (don't write!)
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Curious George
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Thursday
Read & analyze: 33; 34
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 33 & 34 in COLLT. Target score:534.
Write: Finish Review Paper 2. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 34:4,5 (don't write!)
Friday
Review of Lessons 31-34 in the book
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 Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 32:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: 33:1
Week 11: Sunday 10/30/22 - Saturday 11/05/22 [show/hide]
Monday
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.
Tuesday
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? Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 36:4 (don't write!)
Wednesday
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").
Thursday
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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 38:4 (don't write!)
Friday
Review of Lessons 35-38 in the book
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 Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 36:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: 37:1
Week 12: Sunday 11/06/22 - Saturday 11/12/22 [show/hide]
Monday
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.
Tuesday
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). Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 39:4, 40:4 (don't write!)
Start bringing «Что я видел» to all Slava's classes.
Wednesday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Piggy Bank
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.1, 1.2.
Thursday
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. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 42:2
Bring «Что я видел» to all Slava's classes.
Friday
Review of Lessons 39-42 in the book
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 Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 40:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: 41:1
Week 13: Sunday 11/13/22 - Saturday 11/19/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: A Present
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.1, 1.2; Discussion 1.2, 1.3.
Tuesday
Read & analyze: 43; 44
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 43 & 44 in COLLT. Target score: 714.
Write: 43:5; 44:5 (1st part only). Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 43:2
Bring «Что я видел» to all Slava's classes.
Wednesday
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"). Watch & write an English translation:
Thursday
Read & analyze: 45; 46
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 45 & 46 in COLLT. Target score: 746.
Write: 45:4. Submit on Canvas as PDF. Note that Review Paper 3 is due next week.
Practice reading aloud: 46:5, 2nd part (don't write)
Friday
Review of Lessons 43-46 in the book
Practice reading aloud: 43.1; 44.3; 45:2,5; 46:4
Listen, record, and submit: 43.1; 44.3,4; 45.2, 46.1 in Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 46:5. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: 46:1
Week 14: Sunday 11/20/22 - Saturday 11/26/22 [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
Read & analyze: 47; 48; p.121
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 47 & 48 in COLLT. Target score: 809.
Write: Finish Review Paper 3. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Practice reading aloud: 48:3,4
Wednesday
Thanksgiving break
Thursday
Thanksgiving break
Friday
Thanksgiving break
Week 15: Sunday 11/27/22 - Saturday 12/03/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch & write an English translation: Eralash: Encounter
Read & practice: Role Playing; Exercises 1.2, 1.3; Discussion 1.2, 1.3.
Tuesday
Read & analyze: 49; 50; p.122
Self-Test Quizzes to Lessons 49 & 50 in COLLT. Target score: 835.
Write: 49:5 (write complete sentences). Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Wednesday
Watch and review (Part 1): 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
Grammar review class: go over all your written homework and review papers, 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 the exam, you may find these links useful: COLLT Review Lessons 10-50; Written Homework Review Lessons 10-50; Eralash Review; Review & Research Papers; note this description of the final exam.
Friday
Review of Lessons 47-50 in the book
Practice reading aloud: 47:3,4 (don't write); 48:1,2,5; 49:2; 50:1
Listen, record, and submit: 47.3; 48.2; 49.1,3, 50.2 in Web Audio Lab.
Write (graded) 48:5. Submit on Canvas as PDF.
Memorize: 47:1
Week 16: Sunday 12/04/22 - Saturday 12/10/22 [show/hide]
Monday
Watch and review (Part 2): 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 12/11/22 - Saturday 12/17/22 [show/hide]
 
 
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