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Intensive Russian Language Course

(Basic User)

(August 1st – August 22nd, 2013)

I. Institution

1. Institution’s name

Samara State Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities

2. Faculty (Department)

Department of Foreign Languages

3. Postal address

e-mail

Web – Homepage

65/67, M.Gorkiy street, Samara, 443099, Russia

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www.pgsga.ru

4. Contact person/coordinator

Dr. Valeriya V.Bondareva

Head of International Department

Phone: +7-846-2696-416

Phone/fax: +7-846-2695-972

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Dr. Marina A. Torgasheva

Head of Russian Language Centre

Phone: +7-846-2696-416

Phone/fax: +7-846-2695-972

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II.Course Profile

5. Course Title

Intensive Russian Language Course (Basic User)

6. Course profile

Upon completion the course the students will be able

- to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance;

- to respond with some confidence and accuracy to authentic Russian in the areas of experience covered (local geography, employment, plans for the future, weather, traveling, and so on);

- to describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need;

- to talk on everyday topics: Work and Studies, Education, Weather and Climate, My Hobby, Food and Tastes, Health, Shopping, etc.;

- to read texts on themes actual for everyday life and socio-cultural spheres of dialogue, and to understand such texts read aloud by a native Russian speaker;

- to describe experiences and events, dreams and hopes, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

7. ECTS points

5 ECTS points

8. Class hours/week

30 hours/week

9. Language of Instruction

English, Russian

10. Integrated cultural program

City trip, the Volga journey, visits to Stalin’s Bunker, Observation Platform, Local Lore museum, trying traditional national cuisine; welcome and farewell parties; out of cities trips, beach activities (swimming and getting suntanned)

11. Number of students in a group

7-10

14. Course’s duration

3 weeks

15. Course’s earliest possible beginning

August, 1st, 2011

16. Cost of the program

700 euro (incl. visa invitation letter, post expenses, tuition fee, accommodation, two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) and cultural program)

III. Accommodation

17. Accommodation conditions:

Three beds hotel rooms (with a toilet and a shower) in the very centre of the city, a five minutes’ walk from the university and the Volga river (breakfast, business lunch in nearby restaurants is provided, group transfer from the airport to the hotel are included)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Objectives

- to acquire vocabulary that will enable the student to participate in discussions arising from different contexts;

- to study the categories of verbs (aspect and transitiveness) that will enable the student to use them properly in speech;

- to master the structure of complex sentences and the most frequent conjunctions and conjunction words;

- to have a command of the main cohesive and coherent discourse devices;

- to consolidate communicative competence;

- to get a sufficient degree of proficiency in using this language.

Skills

- to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance;

- to respond with some confidence and accuracy to authentic Russian in the areas of experience covered (local geography, employment, plans for the future, weather, traveling, and so on);

- to describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. Students will consolidate the grammatical concepts and structures covered at the Elementary level, and extend their application;

- to talk on everyday topics: Work and Studies, Education, Weather and Climate, My Hobby, Food and Tastes, Health, Shopping, etc.;

- to read texts on themes actual for everyday life and socio-cultural spheres of dialogue, and to understand such texts read aloud by a native Russian speaker;

- to describe experiences and events, dreams and hopes, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Programme contents

Topic areas

- Appearance

- Jobs and professions

- Education

- Traditions and customs

- Leisure activities: cinema, music, travelling

- Food and Health

- Shopping

Grammar Contents

- Imperative mood

- Modal verbs

- Use of the indicative and subjunctive

- The conditional

- Adverbial phrases and adverbs of manner, time and place

- Coordinate clauses, circumstantial clauses

- Sentences containing participle and verbal adverb constructions

- The formation of active participles

- The formation of passive participles

- Direct and indirect speech with a question word and without a question word

Teaching methodology

The classes are theoretical-practical. The teaching content is presented through the resolution of linguistic situations which offer the practice of structures both orally and in writing. Spoken interaction in the classroom and the production of expository-discursive texts will be the principal practice activities.

Cultural visits will be arranged to various places in Samara, namely the Museum, Churches, Monuments, so as to allow students not only a better integration in local culture but also to aid the production of texts on themes relating to Russian culture based on observed material.

Teaching materials

Chernyshov, S.I. Let’s go -2! Russian for adults. A course for low-intermediate. – volume I. - St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2008.

Chernyshov, S.I. Let’s go! Russian for adults. A course for low-intermediate. – volume II. - St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2008.

Golubeva, A.V. Russian grammar exercises (for foreigners) – 4th ed. – St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2008.

Khavronina, S.A., Shirochenskaya, A.I. Russian in Exercises. – 17th ed. – Moscow: Rus. Courses, 2008.

Ovsiyenko, Y.G. Russian for Beginners. – 14th ed. – Moscow: Rus. Courses, 2007.

Vyshnyakov, S.A. Russian as a Foreign Language. – Moscow: Flinta, 2007.

CDs of Russian music, Russian films.

Assessment methods and instruments

Continuous assessment through oral participation in classes.

Students will be also expected to complete a midterm and a final examination test.

The Basic User Course offered by Russian Language Center for Foreign Students end with exams after which students receive Low- Intermediate Level Certificate.

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