About RUSS 001 B

An introduction to all aspects of contemporary standard Russian: speaking, listening, reading, writing. Cultural components include topics such as music, art, literature, and current events. No previous knowledge of Russian needed for RUSS 001.


The 4th meeting of this course will occur on Tuesdays, asynchronously online; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Russian 001 is the first part of a two-semester Introductory Russian course intended for students with no prior knowledge of Russian. The course emphasizes the development of communicative and cultural competence through dynamic classroom interactions and active engagement with authentic Russian materials. Students will acquire practical vocabulary and build a solid grammatical foundation by participating in meaningful communicative tasks and proficiency-oriented games, mingles, and other activities. Using print and online textbook resources, as well as additional materials (songs, videos, films, and cultural presentations), students will develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills both individually, through daily written and online exercises, and interactively, in a fun, high-energy classroom atmosphere. By the end of the academic year, students will have a working vocabulary of about one thousand words, familiarity with a number of conversational topics, a systematic understanding of basic Russian grammatical forms, and an awareness of cultural traditions and communicative norms. The course combines instruction in Russian and in English. Students attend in-person class 3 times per week, as well as one asynchronous (online) 75-minute lesson on Tuesdays. This is a 4-credit course, so students should expect to engage with the materials for 6-8 hours outside of class (roughly one hour every day), including online assignments, written homework, and other preparation. Evaluation is based on attendance and active participation, consistent completion of homework activities, oral communication (as assessed in class work, flipgrid videos, oral exams, and projects), quizzes and tests. We use a free online textbook called Mezhdu nami, which students can access and explore here: https://mezhdunami.org/.

Course Dates



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