Modern Languages Department
Russian 100 – Basic Russian 1
Professor Kristin Bidoshi
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:15-10:20
Office: Humanities 213 Office Hours: MWF 2:00-3:00 PM
E-Mail: email@example.com Phone: 388-7105
Welcome to first year Russian! This course is the first term of first year Russian. In Russian 100, 101 and 102 you will learn basic language skills. The goal of this course is to develop your analytic speaking abilities by acquainting you with Russian grammar and vocabulary. You will develop a sense of the structure of the language through the aid of authentic materials and communicative exercises. While our focus is primarily on the Russian language, we will seek to relate language developments to literature and culture
There will be 4 exams, some quizzes and a final exam. Class participation, including attendance, and written homework also figure into your final grade. The grades will be calculated based on the following percentages:
4 Chapter Exams (4 @ 15%) 60%
1 Final Exam (in-class) 15%
Quizzes and Class Participation 15%
Because language skills must be developed through regular interaction in the language, class attendance is very important. I will keep a DAILY attendance record. If you miss more than three class periods (including the meetings on Tuesdays with Elena Reznikova), your final letter grade will be lowered by one full letter. If you earn an A for the course but have missed four times, your final grade for the course will be lowered to a B. In the event that you know in advance that you must miss a class, it makes good sense to tell me. You can always leave a phone message for me or contact me via e-mail.
The textbook for this class is:
Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, Book 1 - Fifth Edition
Student Activities Manual (SAM)
Audio and Video Recordings on-line at:
This course will have 5 major examinations. These exams will test your speaking, reading and listening comprehension.
The four chapter exams are worth 60% of the overall grade; the final exam is worth 15%.
Exam #1 (Introduction) Monday, September 17
Exam #2 (Chapter 1) Wednesday, October 3
Exam #3 (Chapter 2) Monday, October 22
Exam #4 (Chapter 3) Friday, November 9
Final Exam Week of November 15-20
TBA (in class)
*If this schedule needs to be changed, changes will be announced in class. There will be no make-ups, (except in the case of death in the family, military orders, or an excuse from your doctor showing that you are physically incapable of taking the exam). At the end of the quarter your final percentage will determine your final grade, as follows:
93-100 A 78-79 C+
90-92 A- 73-77 C
88-89 B+ 70-72 C-
83-87 B 68-69 D+
80-82 B- 65-67 D
64 & below = E
These grades are intended to encourage steady, consistent effort. Class attendance and diligence in completing homework assignments are the most important components of studying Russian. Experience shows that by putting in consistent effort, most students earn daily grades in the 90s and learn a lot of Russian in the process.
You will have regular required written homework almost every night as a way of cementing what's being done orally in class. You are responsible for your own learning. Do your homework nightly and be prepared to turn it in at the beginning of each class. Make every effort to keep up -- it's much easier than trying to catch up!
The 80% Minimum:
Language study is cumulative. If you do not know what is in Lesson #1, you really cannot go on to Lesson #2. (In contrast, you can open up a history text in the middle and start reading with relatively full comprehension). Thus, I consider 80% to be the minimum mastery level you should achieve to enable you to continue. Less than 80% puts you in the "C" range or below; while passing, it is not a very solid foundation to build on. So, if on a test you achieve less than 80%, you must see me during office hours to go over the mistakes you made on your test. This must be done prior to your taking the next test.
STUDY HINTS, EXTRA-CURRICULAR EVENTS and STUDY ABROAD
If at any time you have questions or feel yourself falling behind, help is available. Feel free to drop in during my office hours, or email/call me to set up an appointment.
SOME STUDY HINTS
To learn a language well, daily study and practice are needed. Language learning is a combination of both intellectual learning and skill (habit) learning. Just as a basketball team, a violin student, or a serious runner must practice daily in order to excel, so must you in learning a language.
HOW MUCH TIME?
The time one needs to spend on home work and studying varies from person to person, but here's a thought - I will spend 2 hours per day outside of class correcting your papers, planning the next lesson, and writing exams. I ask that you put in as much effort into learning Russian as I do in teaching it to you. Two hours per day outside class will, if done faithfully, virtually guarantee your success in Russian.
HOW TO STUDY?
Try this for starters: Set aside (actually block out on your daily schedule) 2 hours per day, 5 days per week, when you WILL study Russian. Then, during this time, work this way: Listen to the tape (if there is one) for the current material once. Take a 10-minute break; stand up and walk around. Then do your next day's written and reading assignments. If doing this takes you less than an hour, fill the rest of the time by reviewing vocabulary words (make yourself some flash cards), verb conjugations, noun/adjective/pronoun declensions, or go over mistakes you made on past homework assignments and tests. Then listen to the current tape again. If you do this 5 times a week, you cannot help learning.
Students of Russian at Union may take advantage of a wealth of extra-curricular activities sponsored by the Department and by other units, including lectures, informal conversation gatherings (Russian Table), films, Russian news broadcasts, parties and more. Please contact Professor Bidoshi for more information.
STUDY IN RUSSIA
It's not too early for you to start thinking about study abroad. No matter what your major is, study in Russia can be an irreplaceable educational experience for you. YOU ARE ELIGIBLE after only 1 year of Russian. Ask about it.
Enjoy your Russian, and recommend it to a friend.
Russian Table/Tea: Check the events page for current date and time