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Since its founding in 1983, the Russian program has proven to be the model for successful immersive language study at CLS. We have consistently been able to offer four levels of Russian, with one of the highlights being “Political Russian,” designed for advanced students. Our experienced instructors are committed to the communicative approach. Each textbook chosen is appropriate for the intensive, fast-paced nature of the Russian language programs, and reflects post-Soviet Russian society.

Study of culture forms a vital component of our program. Knowledge of Russian culture not only plays a practical role in building proficiency in Russian, but also helps students to understand a remarkable land and people rich in history and of critical importance in today’s world. Our faculty take enormous pleasure in introducing students to a wide range of cultural expressions, including music, film, stories, poetry, and cartoons. Russian students know that each day is going to be both challenging and incredibly stimulating.

Available Courses

First Year Russian

100A-105A. First-Year Russian I, II (four 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 skills needed to speak Russian naturally, beyond a mere copying of pattern skills.

Second Year Russian

110A-115A. Second-Year Russian I, II (four 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 (four 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 Russian

310A-311A. Fourth-Year Russian I, II (four 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.



Third Year Russian, 2019 and First Year Russian, 2018

Beloit College student, Class of 2022

“From my first day on campus I knew next to nothing about the Russian language or culture. I started out painstakingly trying to keep up with just the alphabet for the first week. Even though I had studied another foreign language before, I had forgotten how hard it can be in the beginning. I studied and did my homework for hours every night during CLS. While it was a little overwhelming at first, I’m extremely glad I stuck through it. At the end of the program, I felt like I had gained a vast gateway of knowledge into the language. CLS gave me an opportunity to start my second year of Russian as a first year student at Beloit College. As of now I feel more confident in my ability to speak, read, and write in Russian. I fully recommend this program because not only does it challenge you to enhance your language skills or to start from scratch, but you also gain unforgettable memories. The professors are amazing and are always willing to take the time to explain harder concepts. I’m coming back to CLS this summer to strengthen my current language skills and to grasp an even greater understanding of the language before I study abroad. CLS brings everyone together and creates a family of fellow language enthusiasts building new and inspiring memories based off the foundation of learning.”

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