LG 171 – Introductory Russian I University of South Alabama Texts: Kudyma, Anna, Frank J. Miller, and Olga Kagan. Beginner's Russian with interactive online workbook : a basic Russian course. New York: Hippocrene Books, 2010. (Available at the USABookstore) Students are expected to regularly check their school email account (jaguar1). All communication from instructor will be sent to this email account. Students will be held responsible for any such correspondence. Students are also expected to check the Sakai page for this course regularly as assignments are posted weekly Course description: Welcome to USA and to Russian I! This course is your introduction to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world. Russian is spoken by more that 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. It is the language of some of the world’s greatest literature: Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Gorky, and Solzhenitsyn. It is the culture of some of the greatest scientists and innovators in the West: Lomonosov, Mendeleev, Pavlov, and Gagarin. And it is the country of some of most influential politicians of the Twentieth Century: Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, and Putin. The major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg attract thousands of tourists, businesspeople, and students each year, while in Siberia and the Caspian, oil and petroleum products are produced at a rate that rivals that of the Middle East. As a member of the Group of Eight, Russia has become in the 21st century a power player in global policy from economics to terrorism to the environment. And, as recent events indicate, such as those in North Ossetia and Georgia – or even this winter’s incident with the Russia-Ukraine oil pipeline, Russia remains as unpredictable in the shaping of world affairs as it was during Soviet times. As such, a command of the Russian language is a powerful (and lucrative!) facility in virtually any area of employment, be it government service, business, law, medicine, teaching, engineering, or the military. As you begin your adventure in learning Russian, use the resources of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as well as the Department of History to further your knowledge of this fascinating region, people, and culture. And most of all, use your instructor as a live source of information, advice, and support! Удачи Вам! Good luck! Objectives: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the alphabet and sounds of the Russian language Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic Russian grammar Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of Russian vocabulary Students will be able to speak Russian with some degree of measurable proficiency (ACTFL Novice Mid-High/ ILR 0+) Evaluation: Class participation: 15% Homework Quizzes 45% Tests (6 @ 5% each): 30% Final exam: 10% _______________________________________________ Total: 100% Grade Scale: A B C D F (90-100) (80-89) (70-79) (60-69) (59-below) Attendance: You are allowed ONLY 6 (six) absences. You don’t need to provide any excuse for these 6 (six) absences. However, after 6 absences your grade will drop a letter grade every 3 (three) absences. For example, if by the end of the semester you have an A in the course but you have 9 absences, you will receive a B in the course. 4 (four) instances of tardiness count as one (1) absence, as long as you are within the first 20 (twenty) minutes of class. Anything after 20 (twenty) minutes late is considered an absence. If you have medical problems or other extenuating circumstances, please, come to me as soon as you can. The longer you wait to talk to me the more difficult it is for me to work with you. Important Dates: Last day to drop a course: October 23, 2015 – 4:59 PM Holidays: Labor Day - August 31 Fall Break – October 9 Thanksgiving Holidays - November 25-27 Participation: The participation grade for the course will be determined by your participation and attendance in class. To learn a language you must use this language, which is what class time is for in LG 171. If you are not in class, you cannot participate in the activities in the course. So your attendance is directly attached to your participation. Assessments: You will take 6 (six) out-of-class online exams in this course. Each exam is cumulative as foreign language learning is cumulative in nature. Each exam is worth 5% of your overall grade in the course. Homework Quizzes: You will do a majority of your homework online using the online activities manual (see your textbook). To make sure you do your homework, we will have short daily quizzes on materials covered in the homework. Final exam: The final exam is comprehensive. It will cover all of the material covered during the semester. NO LATE WORK IS EVER ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PLAN AHEAD AND COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS IN A TIMELY FASHION. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS GIVEN FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT, QUIZ OR TEST. FAILURE TO TURN IN ASSIGNMENTS BY THE DATE AND TIME INDICATED WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE ZERO. NO EXCUSES!!! Academic Disruption Policy: The University of South Alabama’s policy regarding Academic Disruption is found in The Lowdown, the student handbook. http://www.southalabama.edu/lowdown/academicdisruption.shtml: Disruptive behavior is defined as individual or group conduct that interrupts or interferes with any educational activity or environment, infringes upon the rights and privileges of others, results in or threatens the destruction of property and/or is otherwise prejudicial to the maintenance of order in an academic environment. Students With Disabilities: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with bona fide disabilities will be afforded reasonable accommodations. The Office of Special Student Services (OSSS) will certify a disability and advise faculty members of reasonable accommodations. If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, please notify the instructor/professor and provide certification from the Office of Special Student Services is located at 5828 Old Shell Road at Jaguar Drive. (251)-460-7212 WAIVER: Not all courses progress at the same rate, thus course requirements might have to be modified as circumstances dictate. You will be given written notice if the course requirements need to be changed.