Course Summary
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4 Weeks (160 Hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Russian Language
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 6 Russian Language
This course is recommended for a total of 8 semester hours.


The course objective is to enhance students' ability to comprehend authentic materials of lnteragency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3+ to 4 covering a wide range of topics. These materials are taken from Russian academic sources, Russian Internet, TV and periodicals designed for educated native speakers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information from multiple domains
  • Outline and paraphrase the main themes of audio selections to demonstrate listening comprehension
  • Recognize humor, irony and emotional overtones
  • Grasp sophisticated, idiomatic and unusual sentence constructions found in literary works
  • Identify the tone of a text and the author's intent
  • Conduct research to better understand cultural and historical references
  • As well as present and defend personal opinions on controversial issues found in course materials

General Course Topics:

  • Russian mentality and world view
  • Contemporary geopolitics
  • U.S.-Russian relations
  • Russian domestic politics
  • Social problems
  • Economics
  • Nostalgia for Soviet times
  • Post-Soviet society
  • Rewriting history
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials