Elementary Russian (RES-101/102)

page from Azbuka, the first Russian textbook, printed by Ivan Fyodorov in 1574

A page from Azbuka, the first Russian textbook, printed in 1574 by Ivan Fyodorov.

Instructor: Susanna Nazarova

This class is a four-skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) introduction to the Russian Language with a focus on communicative skills development.  Major structural topics include pronunciation and intonation, all six cases, basic conjugation patterns, and verbal aspect.  By the end of the course the students will be able to initiate and sustain conversation on basic topics, write short compositions, read short authentic texts and comprehend their meaning, and they will develop an understanding of the Russian culture through watching films and listening to songs.