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Russian Curriculum

First-Year Russian
100A-105A. First-Year Russian I, II (six semester credit hours each). First-year Russian develops the "four skills" (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) in the context of a communicative-based text. The language is standard contemporary spoken Russian, and the reading texts, examples, and exercises are designed not just to inculcate the word order and intonation of contemporary Russian, but to teach the students skills needed to speak Russian freely, beyond a mere copying of pattern skills.

Second-Year Russian
110A-115A. Second-Year Russian I, II (six semester credit hours each). Second-year Russian offers a comprehensive review of basic Russian grammar in the context of everyday situations and further develops the students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Russian videos, cassette tapes, slides, and the Internet are used as supplementary materials. Classes are conducted in Russian.

Third-Year Russian
210A-215A. Third-Year Russian I, II (six semester credit hours each). The task of third-year Russian is to master vocabulary and language skills by concentrating on oral communication and self-expression. The course increases proficiency in the four skills by developing fluency in speaking, reading, and writing Russian. Language acquisition and cultural awareness are integrated through the viewing, discussion, and analysis of classic and contemporary Russian films without subtitles. All classes are conducted in Russian.

Fourth-Year (Political) Russian
310A-311A. Fourth-Year Russian I, II (six semester credit hours each). This course provides an intensive review of Russian grammar in the context of current events and international relations. Students acquire a strong basis in political vocabulary as they continue to develop the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The textbook is supplemented by materials on business Russian, thematically-based dialogues, and role-playing exercises. To provide further topics for discussion, students view daily satellite news broadcasts from Russia. Language acquisition and cultural awareness are integrated through the viewing, discussion, and analysis of classic and contemporary Russian films without subtitles. All classes are conducted in Russian.