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NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RUS 202 - INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II (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 II 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 201 - "Intermediate Russian II" or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. Listening

While quantity and quality are not significantly higher than in Russian 201, the listener is able to sustain understanding over longer stretches of connected discourse on a number of topics pertaining to different times and places; however, understanding is inconsistent. B. Speaking Able to handle successfully most uncomplicated communicative tasks and social situations, but errors are evident. Limited vocabulary still necessitates hesitation and may bring about slightly unexpected circumlocution. There is emerging evidence of connected discourse, particularly for simple narration and/or description. The speaker can generally be understood even by interlocutors not accustomed to dealing with speakers at this level, but repetition may still be required. C. Reading Able to read consistently with full understanding simple connected texts dealing with basic personal and social needs about which the reader has personal interest and/or knowledge. Can get some main ideas and information from texts featuring description and narration although structural complexity may interfere with comprehension. May have to read material several times for understanding. D. Writing Able to meet many practical writing needs and limited social demands. Can take notes in some detail on familiar topics and respond in writing to personal questions. Can write simple letters, brief synopses and paraphrases and summaries of biographical data, work and school experience. Relying primarily on content words and time expressions to express time, tense, or aspect, some precision is displayed; where tense and/or aspect is expressed through verbal inflection, forms are produced rather consistently. An ability to describe and narrate in paragraphs is emerging. Writing, though faulty, is generally comprehensible to 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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