About the Course
The Honor Code and Russian 002
Additional Recommended Reading
Contact Information and Office Hours
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.
The final exam is at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2003. Exam location will be announced at a later date.
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.