RUSS 002: Beginning Russian, second semester, Spring 2004, section 001

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About the Course
The Honor Code and Russian 002
Additional Recommended Reading
Helpful Websites
Course Syllabus
Contact Information and Office Hours

About the Course

This is the second half of a thorough introductory course in elementary Russian. In the course of the year, we will cover all the basics of Russian grammar, including all six cases, verbal conjugation, and verbs of motion. This course is also designed to have a strong oral and written component, so that by the end of the first year, students should be able to communicate in Russian well enough to get by should they travel to Russia.
This section meets MTWR 9:00-9:50 in Dey 205.



Grade Distribution:
20% Homework assignments
10% Attendance, participation, preparedness
15% Quizzes
30% Tests
25% Final Exam

Homework assignments
There is a homework assignment with each class section. These assignments are due on time unless you have prior approval from your instructor. Late assignments will be graded accordingly, and will not be accepted after the corresponding chapter test. Your textbook is accompanied by a CD. You may also find tapes in the Language Lab in 104 Dey Hall. The CD that comes with your book is for the reading texts in the (hardback) textbook. In addition, there is also a set of tapes available only through the Language Lab for the exercises in your workbook and laboratory manual. In using the language lab tapes, you may either work with the tapes in the listening lab or you may bring in your own blank 60-minute tapes and receive copies free of charge. The lab allows you to make two tapes at a time.

Attendance, participation, preparedness
This course meets four times a week. Because language acquisition is a gradual and cumulative process, it is very important that you attend all sessions. If you must miss a class, please call your instructor or the office BEFORE that class. A good attendance record and active class participation are two important components of your final grade, and, more importantly, are essential to your learning. Each unexcused absence will result in six points being taken away from the attendance grade, with seven unexcused absences resulting in a failing grade for attendance.
Readings for each class are listed on the syllabus. Before every class, you should thoroughly read the sections to be covered and try to understand, learn, and commit to memory as much of the material and new vocabulary as possible. Please come to class prepared to ask questions on anything you do not understand. When you have done the reading in advance, class time can be used more efficiently and we will all have more fun actually speaking Russian instead of talking about speaking Russian. Of course, you are encouraged to ask questions in class or talk to your classmates about material that you still do not understand after reading through it on your own.

A quiz testing you knowledge of new vocabulary will be given at least once per chapter. This may consist of new vocabulary and phrases, as well as a few translations from English to Russian and Russian to English.

You will have one test for each chapter, which will include concepts and vocabulary from the units you have been studying. Any missed test will receive an automatic zero. If you have any conflicts with scheduled test dates, please let your instructor know well in advance so that an alternate test time can be arranged.

Final Exam
The final exam is at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2003. Exam location will be announced at a later date.

The Honor Code and Russian 002

The Honor Code is, as always, in effect in this course. The following sections explain what is expected of you in terms of meeting the standards of the Honor Code. If you have any questions about these matters, please do not hesitate to ask.

Additional Recommended Reading

Students may also wish to purchase the book English Grammar for Students of Russian by Edwina Cruise. This inexpensive paperback, available in the Bookstore, provides an excellent explanation of English grammatical concepts and how these constructions relate to the Russian constructions you will be learning in this course. This book is especially good for students whose grasp of English grammar may not be all that firm.

It is not necessary for you to purchase a Russian-English dictionary at this time but you may wish to do so. The Oxford Russian Dictionaries are highly recommended. Oxford publishes a variety of dictionaries ranging from less expensive paperback pocket dictionaries to more complete and expensive hardback ones. Keep in mind that your textbook contains English-Russian and Russian-English glossaries which are suited to the demands of this course.

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Course Syllabus

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Contact Information

Office: 314 Dey Hall
Phone: 962-4416
Office Hours: TBA and by appointment

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