Department Learning Goals

On completion of the following levels, students will be able to:

Elementary Russian (completion of the RES 101 and 102 sequence)

  • Make introductions and get acquainted with others
  • Talk about self, family, friends, university studies, and jobs by providing basic information and description
  • Read simple authentic texts, such as announcements, schedules, greeting cards, phone texts, e-mails, personal letters, and short prose and poetry pieces for basic facts and information
  • Acquire basic linguistic and cultural knowledge to engage in the following activities: shopping, ordering food, buying tickets, giving directions, giving advice, issuing invitations, filling out forms with basic biographical information
  • Describe hobbies, interests, personal preferences, and routine activities in some detail
  • Talk about past personal events and plans for the future
  • Compare, contrast, and express opinions and feelings about things and people
  • Ask and answer questions about familiar topics
  • Write multi-paragraph compositions on familiar topics
  • Acquire basic Russian grammar: nominal, pronominal and adjectival declension system (6 cases); past, present and future tenses; some verbs of motion; some verbal aspectual pairs; impersonal constructions
  • Acquire cultural knowledge: some facts and names pertaining to Russian and Soviet “high” culture; sociocultural norms of interpersonal communication; some basic facts about Russian and Soviet literature and history which shape the way Russians think about themselves and the others, as well as basics of Russian worldview as coded in the language
  • Acquire a working vocabulary of 800-1000 words 

By the end of the academic year, students will communicate at the Intermediate Low to Mid level of proficiency, as defined by the ACTFL guidelines.

 Intermediate Russian (completion of RES 201 and 202 sequence)

  • Exchange information on familiar topics (such as family, relationships, housing) using complete sentences and time expressions in the past, present and future
  • Negotiate social interactions in familiar situations (such as daily routine, studies, visit around a city, health issues) in a culturally appropriate way
  • Narrate past events and talk about future plans in a string of connected sentences with some detail
  • Read longer authentic texts in various genres (stories, plays) and extract key information from the texts, as well as ask and answer questions about heroes’ motivations
  • Understand main ideas of simple newspaper articles
  • Talk about reasons for personal preferences and choices
  • Exchange ideas on some abstract topics (Is it better to be an idealist or a pragmatist?)
  • Expand knowledge of Russian grammar: construct complex sentences with the help of various conjunctions; prefixed and transitive verbs of motion; verbal aspect; conditional constructions
  • Acquire cultural knowledge though analyzing Russian and Soviet prose and film
  • Broaden active vocabulary to more than 1700 words

By the end of the academic year, students will communicate at the Intermediate Mid to High level of proficiency, as defined by the ACTFL guidelines

Advanced Russian (completion of RES 251)

  • Read authentic Russian texts of various genres and length 
  • Exchange ideas about texts’ structure and composition, heroes’ motives, and author’s intent
  • Develop the notion of subtext and the skill of “reading between the lines”
  • Respond to authentic texts by writing multi-paragraph essays
  • Contrast and compare various works of literature 
  • Broaden active vocabulary to include specialized words and phrases describing shades of meaning
  • Adhere to Russian-only rule during class times
  • Develop cultural knowledge through analyzing historical and social background as well as people’s behavior in various texts 

By the end of the course, students will communicate at the Intermediate High to Advanced Low level of proficiency, as defined by the ACTFL guidelines