This course is for students who have no previous knowledge of the language, or who are familiar with basic grammatical concepts and vocabulary, or who have varying backgrounds in Russian, including those who were born in Russian speaking families, but have had no formal education in the language. This course is designed to provide the student with a basic foundation in the Russian language, to assist the beginner in the gradual and harmonious development of all language skills. The course also explores contemporary Russian societal behavioral norms and current Russian-American relations.
The course is intended for students who have completed initial coursework in Russian or who are familiar with basic grammatical concepts and vocabulary. This course provides a balanced communicative approach to Russian language and culture, integrating modern and useful vocabulary with functionally based grammatical concepts.