Russian 001
Beginning Intensive Russian
FALL 2018

M/W/F 11:30-12:20, Kohlberg 334
T/Th 11:20-12:35, Kohlberg 326

Sibelan Forrester
Office: Kohlberg 340
(610) 328-8162

Office Hours, Fall 2018:
Tuesday, 10:00-11:00
Wednesday, 4:00-5:00
Thursday, 1:00-2:00
...or by appointment

Tsvetelina Yordanova
Office: Kohlberg 303
(610) 328-8506

Office Hours: Wednesday, 8:30-9:30
Or by appointment (arrange by e-mail)

This digital version of our class syllabus is abbreviated and does not contain as many essential details as the syllabus on the course Moodle page. The sylllabus on Moodle is the authoritative version and will be updated whenever necessary. There are also links there to the homework assignments for the course and to other resources for learning Russian. Let us know immediately if you have any trouble accessing that site.

Course description and goals | | Necessary supplies | | Abbreviated Course Syllabus

There are no prerequisites for this course. Please note that credit for any 001 language course is not awarded until you have passed the second semester (002). Students must register for both parts of the course (MEF and TTh, so that you are meeting five days a week); if other classes in your schedule interferes with part of the coursework, talk to us about making arrangements that will allow you to continue studying Russian.

Course Description and Goals

The Russian language sequence at Swarthmore aims to bring students at a minimum to the intermediate-mid level in all four modalities (listening speaking, reading and writing) in two years. Other courses the Russian Program offers include literature in translation, various topics in Russian culture, and upper-level seminars taught in the language. Once you successfully complete the first-year sequence you will be able to:

Success in this course requires:

Fall 2018 Accommodations Statement
If you believe you need accommodations for a disability or a chronic medical condition, please contact Student Disability Services (Parrish 113W, 123W) or email> to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs. As appropriate, the office will issue students with documented disabilities a formal Accommodations Letter. Since accommodations require early planning and are not retroactive, please contact Student Disability Services as soon as possible. For details about the accommodations process, visit the Student Disability Services Website>. You are also welcome to contact me (SF) privately to discuss your academic needs. However, all disability-related accommodations must be arranged through Student Disability Services.

Required Materials for the course:

Course grading:

In an intensive language course, regular attendance (without tardiness!) is as essential as regularly completing your homework. We will take attendance; if absence or tardiness become an issue it will impact your grade in the class. If you are sick or must miss class for any other reason, please let us know as far in advance as possible and complete your homework ahead of time if you can. Likewise, if you will need to leave class early. The syllabus makes clear what the assignments are for every day of the semester.

Keep in mind that participation in class is essential for learning! Speak up even if you feel uncertain; imitate the intonation we model for you; try to answer questions with complete phrases and sentences. The more you speak, the more you will learn.

We will use only Russian in class as much as possible. The more you hear and speak Russian, the more you will gain knowledge, understanding and fluency!

The Dean’s Office makes tutoring sessions for language courses available at no cost to students. The tutors are upper-level Russian students (and this could be you in a few years: tutoring is a paid job on campus). We’ll announce the availability in class, but ask us if you wish. Note that tutoring can address any area of competence in the language, and like the College’s WA program it is not limited to students who are having trouble with the class.

Russian Table: The Russian Table Attend as often as you can, for the same reasons. Besides hearing and practicing the language, attending Russian table is a way to meet more advanced students of the language, as well as heritage and native speakers and various faculty who speak Russian.

Other events: extra credit will be available to students who attend extra-curricular and co-curricular events during the semester!

Note that there will be a Friday test most weeks, but not the first week of the semester. Every week there will be a composition to complete, then correct, and there will be frequent oral assessments. The details will be on the course Moodle page, and if you find it helpful we will distribute paper copies of the more detailed syllabus as well. Keep us posted about what you find most helpful!

Russian 001 Abbreviated Syllabus – Fall 2018

Week 1 – September 3-7
Beginner’s Russian Units 1-2.

Неделя 2 — 10-14 сентября
Beginner’s Russian Units 1-2.

Неделя 3 — 17-21 сентября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 3.

Неделя 4 — 24-28 сентября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 4.

Неделя 5 — 1-5 октября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 5.

Неделя 6 — 8-12 октября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 6.


Неделя 7 — 22-26 октября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 7.

Неделя 8 — 29 октября-2 ноября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 8.

Неделя 9 — 5-9 ноября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 9.

Неделя 10 — 12-16 ноября
Beginner’s Russian Unit 10.

Неделя 11 — 19-21 ноября (плюс День Благодарения)
Beginner’s Russian Unit 11.

Неделя 12 — 26-30 ноября
Beginner’s Russian Units 11, 12.

Неделя 13 — 3-7 декабря
Beginner’s Russian Unit 12. Review Units 1-12.

Неделя 14 — 10-11 декабря
Review for final exam.

Final Examation: According to schedule from the Registrar, TBA.