REE 385 • Russia at the Movies
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
You know the grammar, lots of words; you've maybe even been to Russia on an exchange program. Now what? This course is the seventh semester (4th year) of Russian language instruction developing proficiency in listening and speaking through exposure to authentic Russian print, audio and video materials based on Russian cinema classics! You will have the opportunity to express yourself through a wide variety of discourse strategies, including persuasion oration (e.g., give a speech in a Russian school on your favorite American film), explication (explain to a Russian in Moscow why Tarkovsky is a better director than Mikhalkov) and others. We will cover volume one of the text series, spending approximately two weeks on each film/unit, allowing additional time for review; however, the textbook will provide only the basis for classroom interaction during each session. The classic Russian films themselves will provide a variety of related Russia realia (print, video, audio) to supplement the themes of each film to enhance your communication skills.
Film reviews 40% Homework 20% Presentations/Participation 40%
Olga Kagan, et al. Cinema for Russian Conversation, vol. 2 (Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing, 2005). Available at the University Co-op, or on amazon.com.