The eight-week summer program is divided into two four-week semesters, or sessions, each of which comprises one course. Course offerings include three levels of intensive language training from elementary through third-year Russian. Each course is credited at four (4) semester hours; thus, the full eight-week program carries eight (8) semester-hours of credit. Using the Bryn Mawr system, this translates into two (2) units (one unit equals four (4) semester-hours).
All courses strongly emphasize the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Modern Standard Russian within the context of a systematic and structured approach to the mastery of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Courses are team-taught and consist of three types of activities: 1) Master classes (presentation and clarification of new structures, materials, models); 2) Drill sessions (language activization, readings, drills); 3) Situational training (role playing, simulations, and the development of maximum numbers of contexts/ situations for authentic language use). In addition, each course includes individual work with the Language Learning Center's audio, video, and computer facilities.
All students who have taken the equivalent of at least one year of Russian will participate in pre- and post-program proficiency testing of oral, and, of reading competencies. Placement into appropriate course levels is dependent on each student's prior course work and personal goals in pursuing summer study.
|7:30 - 8:45||Russian Table (breakfast)|
|9:00 - 10:20||Class|
|10:25 - 11:45||Class|
|11:50 - 12:50||Russian Table with faculty (lunch)|
|1:00 - 2:20||Class|
|3:00 - 5:00||Film screenings, guest lectures, study time|
|5:30 - 6:30||Russian Table (dinner)|
|6:30 - 9:00||Extracurricular activities or study time|
Russian 001, 002: Intensive Elementary Russian
(Novice to Intermediate Low)
A beginning-level course of Russian with strong emphasis on the development of oral and written communicative skills, development of basic vocabulary, and mastery of the writing system and grammatical structure. This course covers a full academic year of coursework. During the academic year this course meets eight hours per week. Textbooks used are Russian Stage One: Live from Russia! Vols. 1 and 2.
Russian 101, 102: Intensive Intermediate Russian
(Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid)
A complete second-year Russian course emphasizing intermediate-level oral and written skills. Vocabulary study of up to 2,500 words, systematic grammar review, readings of expository and artistic prose of medium difficulty. Most aspects of the course are in Russian. This course covers a full academic year of coursework. During the academic year this course meets seven hours per week. Textbooks used are Russian Stage Two: Welcome Back!
Russian 201, 202: Intensive Advanced Russian
(Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High)
Intensive practice in oral and written expression based on literary and non-literary texts of Modern Standard Russian. Emphasis is particularly on oral development. Almost all aspects of the course are in Russian. This course covers a full academic year of coursework. During the academic year this course meets five hours per week. Textbooks used are determined by instructor.