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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45132 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
CAL 422

Course Description

This course is designed to present and explore a variety of applied linguistic tenets for explaining, teaching, and learning various features of Russian grammar, phonetics, and semantics, often considered problematic -- if not outright difficult -- by most beginning learners at the university level. The topics to be covered are: verbal aspect, verbal and noun morphology, the basic sound systems and phonology, accentuation patterns, and the interrelationship between basic word order and intonation. The emphasis of the seminar presentations of these topics will be pedagogical, i.e., grounded in linguistic theory and practice which provide concrete recommendations for teaching such material to first- or second-year students of Russian. The course will be conducted seminar-style, making significant use of participant presentations and model lessons. Seminar participants will be required to present not only reports on thematically-related readings, but also sample model lessons for the classroom. A number of the readings and parts of in-class presentations will be in Russian.

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation: You are expected to attend the weekly seminar regularly, participate actively in class, do all assigned readings, and prepare assigned written and oral work. Seminar Presentations: Each seminar participant will present at least one in-class commentary on an available textbook approach to one of the topics being addressed in the course. These presentations will be scheduled at the beginning of the course. Testing: A take-home, timed midterm and a final exam will be given out in class. Final Paper: Each participant is required to hand in by the end of the semester examination period a paper, 7-10 pages in length, treating one of the seminar topics covered during the semester. Sample paper topics and treatments will be given out with the midterm exam. Participants are strongly encouraged to talk with the instructor about final paper topics well in advance of the due date.

1. Testing: 40% Midterm Exam: 20% total Final Exam: 20% 2. Final Paper: 30% 3. Seminar Presentation (s): 20% 4. Participation: 20% This grade is determined by your instructor as a reflection of your preparedness and performance in class. You are expected to a) attend seminar regularly, b) prepare and/or read assigned material in advance of each class, and c) contribute to the seminar sessions with insight and enthusiasm.


" Photocopied Course Supplement (CS) of readings and materials available from Speedway Printers in Dobie Mall.


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