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

Ekaterina Zakharova

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RUS S507 • First-Year Russian II

87683 • Summer 2014
Meets M 900am-1230pm
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This course runs July 14 - August 15, 2014. A continuation of RUS 506, this course is intended to further develop the four skills of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on communicative competence. It requires approximately 20 hours of work each week and offers opportunities for additional optional independent work. This includes 12.5 hours of live online class-time and 7.5 hours of outside work per week.

This course will involve a "virtual classroom" that is ideal for language learning and allows student to participate from anywhere they have a good internet connection. Using online technologies, students will be able to work in small groups and pairs, or as a class, and they will be able to receive individualized attention and instructor contact, just as they would in a normal language class.

Required Textbook: Troika: A Communicative Approach to Russian Language, Life, and Culture, 2nd Edition.

This course will be taught using Adobe Connect. Recommended technology specficiations for this platform can be found below.

Personal Computer (Windows or Macintosh) with:

  • Sound card
  • Good quality headphones with microphone capability
  • Webcam (the better the quality, the clearer your video stream will be)
  • Internet connection (Broadband/Ethernet; Wi-Fi is usually too slow)

For Windows Users:

  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®  
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows
  • 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista

For Mac OS Users:

  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7.2 (Intel)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

 

RUS 611C • Intensive Russian II

45815 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm BUR 128
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This course is the second semester of intensive Russian language instruction developing functional proficiency in listening, speaking, and reading. Writing will be developed both through workbook home assignments and brief reviews and summaries of your reading material. 

 

The entire second-year sequence is covered in one semester.

We will cover all of the basic textbook, Units One through Unit Ten, plus an introductory unit, in the textbook, spending about seven class days on each unit. In addition, this course aims to develop your reading skills through both in-class reading assignments, and individual “free reading” based on a text of your choosing. Portfolio exercises will continue to develop your computer literacy skills – in Russian – for you to be truly functionally proficient and competitive in the language, as well as chronicle your progress in your independent reading project throughout the course. 

RUS 601C • Intensive Russian I

45575 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm BUR 228
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Course Description:

This course is the first semester of intensive Russian language instruction developing functional proficiency in listening, speaking, and reading. Writing will be developed primarily through workbook and computer-based home assignments.  We will cover all of Volumes One and Two of the textbooks, Units One through Unit Fourteen in the textbooks, spending about one week on each unit. In addition, this course aims to develop computer literacy skills – in Russian – for you to be truly functional and competitive in the language.

Readings:

Textbook: • Davidson, Gor, and Lekic.  Russian: Stage One: Live from Russia! 2nd ed., vols. 1 and 2, (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. 2008 and 2009). These packaged sets comprise two basic textbooks, two workbooks, two audio CDs, and two DVDs. Available at the University Co-op.

Recommended:            • Russian/English Dictionary

• Gerhart, G., The Russian’s World, Orlando: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

• Garza, T., Fundamentals of Russian Verbal Conjugation for Teachers  and Students, Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt and ACTR Publications, 1993.

Grading:

There are five components of your final course grade.  These components and their relative weights are:

1.  Testing:  30%

Unit tests: 15%

Final exam: 15%

2.  Homework:  15% 

3.  Participation:  15% 

4.  Portfolio:  20%

5.  Oral Presentation:  20%

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