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NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RUS 201 - INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. Listening

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. B. Speaking 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. C. Reading 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.

D. Writing 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 by natives. MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
  1. Social issues
  2. Political events
  3. Further development in these areas:
    1. everyday situations
    2. family life
    3. student life
    4. cross cultural comparisons
    5. use of leisure time
OPTIONAL TOPICS

Literary texts


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