COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RUS 201 - INTERMEDIATE
RUSSIAN I (3 CR.)
Continues the development
of the skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of Russian.
Class conducted in Russian. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
The purpose of Intermediate
Russian is to enable the student to become more proficient in speaking
and understanding Russian in a greater variety of situations. He learns
the more complex structures of the Russian language. He learns to read
and write without recourse to translations.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCY
The prerequisite for
this course is RUS 102 - "Beginning Russian II" or equivalent.
Able to understand
sentence-length utterances which consist of recombinations of learned utterances
on a variety of topics. Content continues to refer primarily to basic personal
background and needs, social conventions and somewhat more complex tasks.
Additional content areas include some personal interests and activities,
and a greater diversity of instructions and directions. Understanding continues
to be uneven.
Able to handle successfully
a variety of uncomplicated, basic communicative tasks and social situations.
Can talk simply about self and family members. Can ask and answer questions
and participate in simple conversations on topics beyond the most immediate
needs; e.g., personal history and leisure time activities. Utterance length
increases slightly, but speech may continue to be characterized by frequent
long pauses. Speech may continue to be strongly influenced by first language.
Although misunderstandings still arise, the speaker at this level can generally
be understood by sympathetic interlocutors.
Able to read consistently
with increased understanding simple connected texts dealing with a variety
of basic and social needs. Such texts are still linguistically noncomplex
and have a clear underlying internal structure.
They impart basic information
about which the reader has to make minimal suppositions and to which the
reader brings personal interest and/or knowledge. Examples may include
short, straightforward descriptions of persons, places, and things written
for a wide audience.
Able to meet a number
of practical writing needs. Can write short, simple narratives. Content
involves personal preferences, daily routine, everyday events, and other
topics grounded in personal experience. Can express present time and at
least one other time frame or aspect consistently. There is evidence of
control of the syntax of noncomplex sentences and basic inflectional morphology.
Writing tends to be a collection of sentences or sentence fragments on
a given topic and may lack coherent paragraph structure, but can be understood
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE
Further development in
cross cultural comparisons
use of leisure time