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The overall goal of this subject is to help students with no knowledge of Russian develop cultural and linguistic knowledge that allows them to feel comfortable thinking of themselves as users of Russian, in listening, reading, writing and speaking. It introduces students to cultural notions of time and space as they play themselves out in such topics and notions as talking about one’s self and others (family and friends), living and working spaces, and referring to activities and events (in present-tense story-telling/dialogue). Comparisons to current Russian life and society build the foundation for cultural literacy and familiarity with the Russian-speaking world.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and synthesize information from simple texts about the self, other people and places from a variety of audio-visual media;
- be able to use a basic vocabulary from a range of basic, day-to-day communicative situations about the self, family, occupations and pastimes;
- have started using basic grammatical and syntactic structures of Russian;
- be able to understand and use basic idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a limited number of informal and formal settings;
- be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
- have become familiar with Russian cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity;
- have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange;
- be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity;
- have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquired basic skills necessary for future research (library, internet, cross-references etc.);
- have gained sophisticated analytical tools for understanding the system of language;
- have acquired foundations in intercultural communication practices;
- have acquired written communication skills through writing and seminar discussion;
- be able to show attention to detail through preparation and writing;
- have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for regular (weekly) assignment completion;
- have acquired public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
Last updated: 22 January 2021