SLAVIC 102: COURSE GOALS & POLICIES SPRING
by Ben Rifkin, University of Wisconsin
In first semester Russian, you learned to: greet people and introduce
yourself and others, talk about languages and ethnic and national backgrounds,
talk about what and where people study, talk about daily schedules, make
and respond to invitations, talk on the telephone, read and write the Cyrillic
alphabet, master the basics of Russian pronunciation and intonation, understand
some elements of Russian culture and the transition from Soviet-era cultural
THIS SEMESTER, in Slavic 102, you'll learn to talk about your
homes (including dorm rooms and their furnishings) and the homes of Russians,
families and family members (including ages, professions, where people
were born and raised), buying things, asking for advice, going to a restaurant,
and talking about your hometowns. In addition, you'll read about the changes
in Russian commerce in the post-Soviet era.
NOTE: In addition to Golosa Volume 1, students in Slavic
102 are assigned readings in Genevra Gerhart's The Russian's World
(RW). This book is a required text in Slavic 203 and 204 as well, so you
will use it for 3 semesters including the current semester.
Next year, in second-year Russian (Slavic 203/204), you'll improve
your understanding of telephone etiquette and learn how to order overseas
calls, to ask for and understand directions for getting around town, to
describe the weather and talk about travelling, to talk about television
and movies, to express your likes and dislikes and agreement and disagreement,
to talk about books and authors and about your free time and hobbies (including
sports and music). You'll also learn to talk about health and illness (including
talking with doctors), holidays and holiday greetings, and deal with common
problems that occur when travelling abroad.
Successful completion of Slavic 204 or the equivalent with an average of B for Slavic 101/102 and 203/204 is the requirement for participation in the UW-Madison Study Abroad Program in Moscow. If you plan to take 2nd year Russian over the summer of 1997, you can apply NOW to participate in the study abroad program in the 1997-1998 academic year in St. Petersburg or Moscow. Note that 2nd year Russian will not be offered at Madison this summer, but there are other institutions where it will be offered. Ask your instructor for more information.
Note carefully the dates for quizzes, tests, and the final examination
as listed on this syllabus (which overrides any information as given in
the timetable). The final examination for this course will be on Friday,
May 16 at 7:25 pm at a place to be announced later in the semester. If
you miss a quiz, test or exam without a valid excuse, you will receive
a zero for this test.
Policy on Religious Holidays: If you will be observing any religious
holidays this semester which will prevent you from attending a regularly
scheduled class or interfere with fulfilling any course requirement, your
instructor will offer you an opportunity to make up the class or course
requirement if you make arrangements by informing your instructor of the
dates of your religious holidays within two weeks of the beginning
of the semester (or three days before any holidays which fall within
the first two weeks of class). Note: Passover Seders are Monday and Tuesday
April 21-22; Russian Orthodox Easter is Sunday April 27; Western Easter
falls within Spring Recess.
The course grade for this course will be determined according to the
Class Participation 20%
Quizzes, Dictations, etc. 10%
Unit Tests & Culture Presentation 15%
Final Examination 15%
Oral Examinations 15%
According to the policies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, grades
for this course will NOT BE POSTED. You may learn your grade by using the
UW touch tone registration system and your personal identification number
(PIN) after the final grades have been submitted (within 3 days after the
final examination for the course).
Letter grades for unit tests, the midterm exam, the final exam, and the entire course will be assigned as follows:
92.5% and higher A
87.5% - 92.49% AB
82.5% - 87.49% B
77.5% - 82.49% BC
70% - 77.49% C
60% - 69.99% D
59.99% and lower F
Your instructor, in consultation with the course supervisor, may decide
to curve any test or exam if class performance indicates that the test
was too difficult (i.e., class scores are lower than expected). If a test
is to be curved, it will be curved before the assignment of the letter
grade (i.e., the percentage score may be raised as part of a curve, but
it will not be lowered).
* Class Participation will be graded on a daily basis according to the following formula:
5 points Present and Completely Prepared
4 points Present and Partially Prepared
3 points Present but Completely Unprepared
0 points Absent
Completely Prepared does not mean that the student can answer every question
correctly: it merely means that the student is prepared to attempt to answer every
question based on the previous evening's homework assignment.
Partially Prepared means that the student has demonstrated that she/he has not
completed the given day's assignment completely, although some of the
assignment was completed.
The lowest 3 grades for class participation will be eliminated in the grading
* Homework Exercises will be graded according to the following scale:
5 points Submitted on time and completed with good effort, at least 80% correct
4 points Submitted on time, less than 80% correct, more than 50% correct
3 point Submitted on time, but less than 50% correct
0 points Not submitted
No late homework will be accepted without a legitimate excuse. If you
know that you will have to miss class on a particular date, submit your
homework assignment in advance and you will still receive the homework
points for that day.
The lowest 3 grades for homework will be eliminated in the grading process.
The semester grade for homework will be the percentage of total homework
points earned (of the total homework points possible).
Homework Expectations: You can expect to spend 1-1.5 hours of
time on homework every weekday and 3-4 hours on homework on the weekends.
* The Quiz Grade will consist of the average of all dictations
and unit vocabulary quizzes as well as any other short quizzes your instructor
Dictations and Vocabulary Quizzes will be given for every unit
and your instructor will give you details about the format of these.
Compositions for completion at home will be assigned four times in the semester. Compositions will be graded as follows:
Communicative Content 40 points
Appropriate Lexicon 20 points
Grammatical Accuracy * 20 points
Syntax 10 points
Originality 10 points
* Grammar mistakes will only be penalized for those grammar topics presented
so far in the course.
* Unit Tests will be 50 minutes in length and will feature the following format:
Listening Comprehension 10%
Reading Comprehension 10%
Fill-in-the-Blanks } combined total
Translation (from English to Russian) } of 60%
Cultural Question (based on Russian's World) 5%
Communicative Writing Task (brief composition) 15%
The Culture Assignment is OPTIONAL and consists of a 5-10 minute
presentation (in English) on a topic dealing with some aspect of Russian
culture, history, politics, etc. (See below for further details.) If you
choose to do a culture presentation, it will count in the same grading
category as the unit tests. The presentations will be graded on a 100 point
scale as follows:
Thorough/Excellent understanding of the topic and good effort, 100 points
with visual displays for other students to see
Good understanding of the topic and good effort 90 points
Fair understanding of the topic and fair effort 80 points
Poor understanding of the topic and poor effort 50 points
* The Final Examinations will be 1 hour and 2 hours in length, respectively. Both these exams will feature the following format:
Listening Comprehension 10%
Reading Comprehension 10%
Translation (from English to Russian) 30%
Cultural Questions 5%
Communicative Writing Task 15%
* Oral Exams: There will be 2 oral examinations in the course.
Both exams will consist of a phonetics component and a communication component.
The phonetics component will be based on reading out loud, while the communication
component will be based on the role play situations like those in your
Attendance Policy: As you can see from the Class Participation
and Course Grading Formulas, attendance is very important to your success
in learning Russian in the course. You will be excused your 3 lowest class
participation grades (which could be absences) in the course grading process,
but no more.
Course Supervision: This course is supervised by Professor Rifkin
of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Professor Rifkin's
office is located in 1440 Van Hise and his office hours are posted on his
office door every semester. If you have any questions or concerns about
this course, course or departmental policies, or other matters that you
want to raise with Professor Rifkin rather than with your instructor, please
see Professor Rifkin during his office hours. If these hours are inconvenient,
please call Professor Rifkin at (26)2-1623 or contact him by e-mail at
email@example.com and arrange for an appointment at another time.
Optional Culture Assignment
Prepare a brief presentation (in English) on one of the following topics:
1) Current Events: Read about current political, business/economic or social events and/or developments in Russia in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, or Newsweek and pick one issue (for example, the development of constitutional law in Russia, the rise of new Russian rock groups, conflicts concerning the development of natural resources vs. the protection of the environment, ethnic conflicts and tensions, nature of the new parliament, new urban planning, post-communist investment or any other topic cleared with your instructor) and trace it through articles published over the course of the semester. Prepare a presentation describing the developments related to this issue, citing what you read in the periodicals you examined. Photocopy all articles you read and cited in your report and submit them with your presentation. In your presentation, explain (don't read) what you learned about Russia today.
2) Film: Watch two Russian films from the video collection at LSS (excluding films shown in class) and prepare an analysis of what you learned about Russian culture in the two films. How does Russian culture differ from American culture, as demonstrated in the two films? In your presentation, explain (don't read) what you learned about Russia from the films: you may show one 2-minute excerpt as part of your presentation (not included in your time limit for the presentation).
3) Literature: Read a short work of literature by a Russian author: check with your instructor for suggestions. Prepare an analysis of what elements of Russian culture were illustrated in the text. In your presentation, explain (don't read) what you learned about Russia today.
4) Famous Figures in Russian Arts and Sciences: Pick a major Russian composer, artist, writer, architect or scientist and read a biography of this person. Write up a summary of this person's most significant contribution to the arts or to science. In your presentation, explain (don't read) what you learned about Russian arts and sciences: you may show photographs or play musical excerpts as part of your presentation.
5) History: Read a biography of any major political figure in Russian history (for example, any tsar or general secretary), and prepare an explanation of that person's significance for Russian history. In your presentation, explain (don't read) what you learned about Russian history. You may show photographs as part of your presentation.
6) Other: Pick another topic of your choice and clear it with your instructor. Your presentation must be based on the reading of (or viewing or listening ) a text written by or about Russians or Russian culture and civilization.
SYLLABUS FOR SLAVIC 102: SPRING 1997
The following syllabus is a suggested plan which your instructor may
change from day to day. Bring this syllabus with you to class every day
and be prepared to write in changes as your instructor announces them.
Class Week/ Date Unit Reading or Activity Due for This Date
|01||I - T||1/21||Introductions. Course Policies. Review Lesson 5 (Golosa) Introduction to The Russian's World.|
|02||W||1/22||6||Check your exam schedule for conflicts; the last day
to register with your instructor for a make up for this course is 2/4.
Review Lesson 5 in Golosa.
|03||Th||1/23||Read pp. 152-154 (up to point E) in Unit 6. Listen to tape for practice with numbers and intonation (Workbook pp. 83-85). Prepare oral drills 1-3 in Workbook (WB). Read pp. 3-7 in The Russian's World (RW).|
|04||F||1/24||Prepare dialogues 1-2 on p. 155 in Textbook (T); read grammar section 6.1 on p. 165 and prepare ex. 1-2. Prepare oral drill 4 and write ex. 1 in WB.|
|05||II-M||1/27||Prepare dialogues 4-5 on p. 156 in T; read grammar 6.2-6.3 on pp. 166-169 and write ex. 3-5. Prepare oral drills 5-8 and write ex. 2-4 in WB.|
|06||T||1/28||Prepare dialogue 3 on p. 156 in T; read grammar 6.4 and write ex. 5 on pp. 198-170. Prepare oral drills 9-14 and write ex. 5-7 in WB.|
|07||W||1/29||Read text on p. 157 and prepare activities A and B on p. 158 in T. Read RW pp. 87-96 (through "Communal Apt.")|
|08||Th||1/30||Prepare reading task on pp. 161-162 in T. Read grammar 6.5 and write ex. 9 on p. 171 in T. Prepare oral drill 15 and write ex. 8-9 in WB.|
|09||F||1/31||Read RW 96-107. Prepare listening tasks on p. 154 in T. Read grammar 6.6 and write ex. 10 on p. 173 in T. Prepare oral drills 16-17 and write ex. 10 in WB.|
|10||III-M||2/03||Tomorrow is the last day to register with your instructor
for a make-up exam due to an exam conflict.
Prepare listening tasks on p. 163-164 in T. Read grammar 6.7 on p. 173 and write ex. 11. Prepare oral drill 18 and write ex. 11 in WB.
|11||T||2/04||Deadline to register with your instructor for make-up
exam for final.
Prepare speaking activities on p. 159-160 (A-D) and summary ex. A on p. 175.
Dictation Unit 6.
|12||W||2/05||Prepare speaking activity E on p. 159-160 and summary ex. B (1-3 only) on p. 175 in T.|
|13||Th||2/06||Prepare p. 174 in T; write ex. 12-15 in WB. Vocabulary Quiz Unit 6.|
|14||F||2/07||Review Unit 6.|
|15||IV-M||2/10||7||Test Unit 6.|
|16||T||2/11||Write composition No. 1 (first draft) based on activity
B 4 on p. 176 (Unit 6) and submit in two copies today (100 words at least
5 complex sentences).
Read pp. 180-185 in T (Unit 7). Listen to tape for numbers and phonetics practice (WB pp. 101-103) and prepare oral drills 1-5.
|17||W||2/12||Read RW pp. 49-51. Prepare dialogue 3 on p. 187 in T and
read grammar 7.1 on p. 198. Write ex. 1 in T and prepare oral drill 6 and
ex. 1 in WB.
Read grammar 7.2 and write ex 2 in T. Prepare oral drill 7 and write ex. 2 in WB.
In class today: peer editing.
|18||Th||2/13||Prepare dialogue 1 on p. 187. Read grammar 7.3 and write
ex. 3-4 on p. 200 in T. Prepare oral drill 8 and write ex. 3 in WB.
In class today: peer editing.
|19||F||2/14||Prepare dialogue 5 on p. 187. Read grammar 7.4 on p. 201
and write ex. 5-6. Prepare oral drill 9 and write ex. 4 in WB.
In class today: peer editing.
|20||V-M||2/17||Prepare dialogue 4 and read grammar 7.5 in T. Write ex. 7-9
on pp. 202-203 in T. Prepare oral drills 10-14 and write ex. 5-6 in WB.
Prepare dialogue 2 and read grammar 7.9 on pp. 208-209 in T. Write ex. 14 in T; prepare oral drill 18 and write ex. 9-11 in WB.
|21||T||2/18||Read grammar 7.6-7.7 on pp. 204-205 and write ex. 10-11 in T. Prepare oral drill 15. Read RW 53-66.|
|22||W||2/19||Read grammar 7.8 and write ex. 12 in T. Prepare oral drills 16-17 and write ex. 7-8 in WB.|
|23||Th||2/20||Prepare ex. A-C on p. 189 and reading tasks on pp. 193-194.
Prepare listening tasks (conversations) on p. 186.
|24||F||2/21||Dictation for Unit 7.
Prepare listening tasks on p. 197.
Prepare speaking task A on pp. 190-191.
|25||VI-M||2/24||Prepare speaking tasks B-D on p. 192.
Vocabulary Quiz for Unit 7.
|26||T||2/25||Review Unit 7.
Composition 1 Final Draft Due (130 words at least 7 complex sentences).
|27||W||2/26||8||Test: Unit 7.|
|28||Th||2/27||Read pp. 216-217 and 220-221 in T. Prepare phonetics ex. on pp. 123-127 in WB. Read RW 173-180.|
|29||F||2/28||Prepare dialogue 5 on p. 222. Read grammar 8.1-8.2 on pp. 233-236 and write ex. 1-4 in T. Prepare oral drills 1-6 and write ex. 1-5 in WB.|
|30||VII-M||3/03||Composition No. 2 (First Draft) Due Today in 2 copies
(150 words at least 7 complex sentences): Ex. B on p. 210 (from Unit
Prepare dialogue 4 on p. 222 and read grammar 8.3 on p. 237-239. Write ex. 5-8 in T; prepare oral drills 7-11 and write ex. 5-6 in WB.
|31||T||3/04||In class: peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 1 on p. 219 and read grammar 8.4 on p. 239. Write ex. 8 on p. 239 in T. Prepare oral drills 9-11 and write ex. 6 in WB.
|32||W||3/05||In class: peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 3 on p. 219. Read grammar 8.5 and write ex. 9 in T. Prepare oral drill 12 and write ex. 7-8 in WB.
|33||Th||3/06||In class: peer editing.
Read grammar 8.6 and write ex. 10-13 in T. Prepare oral drills 13-17 and write ex. 9-11 in WB.
|34||F||3/07||In class: peer editing.
Prepare rewritten version of dialogue 2 and compare to dialogue 2 in textbook and on tape. Read grammar 8.7 and write ex. 14-15 in T. Prepare oral drills 17-21 and write ex. 12-14 in WB.
|35||VIII-M||3/10||ORAL EXAM 1 (units 6-7): Week of 3/10-3/14 as scheduled by
Composition No. 2 (Final Draft) Due Today: 175 words with at least 8 complex sentences.
Prepare reading tasks on pp. 228-230 and ex. A-D on pp. 233-226 in T.
|35||T||3/11||Prepare listening tasks on p. 218 in T.|
|37||W||3/12||Prepare listening tasks on pp. 231-232 in T.|
|38||Th||3/13||Prepare speaking tasks A-D on pp. 226-227 in T.
Dictation for Unit 8.
|39||F||3/14||Prepare speaking task F on p. 227 in T.|
|40||IX-M||3/17||Prepare ex. A-C on pp. 246-247 in T.
Vocabulary Quiz for Unit 8.
|41||T||3/18||Review Unit 8.|
|42||W||3/19||9||Test on Unit 8.|
|43||Th||3/20||First Draft of Composition 3 Due Today (175 words with
at least 8 complex sentences) in 2 copies: Exercise D on p. 247 in
T (Unit 8).
Read and prepare ex. on pp. 252-256 in T.
Prepare phonetics ex. on pp. 147-149 in W.
|44||F||3/21||In class: Peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 4 on p. 259. Read grammar 9.1 and write ex. 1 on p. 268 in T. Prepare oral drills 1-3 and write ex. 1-3 in WB.
|Spring Break: March 22 - March 31|
|45||X - T||4/01||In class: Peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 3 on p. 259 in T.
Read grammar 9.2 and write ex. 2 on p. 269 in T. Prepare oral drill 4 and write ex. 4 in WB.
Read pp. 109-144 in RW.
Prepare ex. A-B on pp. 260-261 in T.
|46||W||4/02||In class: Peer editing.
Read grammar 9.3 and write ex. 3 on p. 270. Prepare oral drills 5-6 and write ex. 5-6 in WB.
Read grammar 9.4 and write ex. 4-5 on pp. 271-272 in T. Prepare oral drill 7 and write ex. 7-8 in WB.
|47||Th||4/03||In class: Peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 2 on p. 258 in T.
Read grammar 9.5 and write ex. 6-7 on p. 272 in T. Prepare oral drills 8-9 and write ex. 9 in WB.
|48||F||4/04||In class: Peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 5 on p. 259 in T.
Read grammar 9.6 and write ex. 8 on p. 275. Prepare oral drills 10-14 and write ex. 10-11 in WB.
|49||XI-M||4/07||Final Draft of Composition 3 Due Today: 200 words
with at least 9 complex sentences.
Prepare reading task on pp. 264-265.
|50||T||4/08||Prepare listening tasks on p. 257 in T.
Prepare ex. D-1 on p. 277 in T (in class we'll do ex. D-2.)
|51||W||4/09||Prepare listening tasks on pp. 266-267 in T.
Dictation Unit 9.
|52||Th||4/10||Prepare speaking tasks A-B on p. 262 in T.|
|53||F||4/11||Prepare speaking task C on p. 263 in T.
Vocabulary Quiz Unit 9.
|54||XII - M||4/14||Prepare ex. A-B on pp. 276 in T. Write ex. 12 on p. 160 in WB. Review Unit 9.|
|55||T||4/15||10||Test: Unit 9.|
|56||W||4/16||Read pp. 284-285 in T and prepare ex. A-B on those pages.
Prepare phonetics exercises on tape on pp. 162-163 in WB.
|57||Th||4/17||Prepare dialogue 2 on p. 287 and read grammar 10.1 on pp. 298-300. Write ex. 1-5 on those pages. Prepare oral drills 1-4 and write ex. 1-3 in WB.|
|58||F||4/18||Prepare dialogue 1 on p. 287 and read grammar 10.2 on p. 301. Write ex. 6-7 on p. 301 in T. Prepare oral drills 7-9 and write ex. 4 in WB.|
|59||XIII - M||4/21||First Draft of Composition 4 (200 words at least 9 complex
sentences) Due Today in 2 Copies: Ex. C on p. 277 in T.
Read grammar 10.3 on pp. 302-303 in T. Prepare date activity on tape (WB p. 161). Prepare oral drill 10 and write ex. 7 in WB.
|60||T||4/22||In class: peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 3 on p. 287. Read grammar 10.4 and write ex. 9-10 on pp. 304-305 in T. Prepare oral drill 11 and write ex. 8 in WB.
|61||W||4/23||In class: peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 4 on p. 288. Read grammar 10.5, p. 306-308 (up through "duration") and write ex. 11-12.
|62||Th||4/24||In class: peer editing.
Prepare dialogue 5 on p. 289. Continue reading grammar 10.5, p. 308-310. Write ex. 13-15. Prepare oral drill 12.
|63||F||4/25||In class: peer editing.
Write ex. 9-12 in WB.
Prepare reading tasks on pp. 294-295 in T.
|64||XIV - M||4/28||ORAL EXAM II (Units 8-9) THIS WEEK (4/28-5/2) AS SCHEDULED
BY YOUR INSTRUCTOR.
Composition 4 Final Draft Due Today (225 words at least 10 complex sentences.)
Read grammar 10.6 and write ex. 16-17 on p. 311-312 in T. Write ex. 13 in WB.
|65||T||4/29||Read grammar 10.7 and write ex. 18 on p. 312 in T. Write
ex. 14-15 in WB.
Prepare listening tasks on p. 286 and read cultural note.
|66||W||4/30||Prepare listening tasks on p. 296-297.
Prepare activities A-C on pp. 288-291 in T.
|67||Th||5/01||Dictation Unit 10.
Prepare speaking tasks A-B on p. 292 in T.
|68||F||5/02||Vocabulary Quiz Unit 10.
Prepare speaking tasks D-E on p. 293 in T.
|69||XV - M||5/05||Review Unit 10: Prepare listening task A on p. 313 in T,
and reading task D on p. 314 in T.
Read section of RW to be assigned.
|70||T||5/06||Test on Unit 10.|
|71||W||5/07||Review Units 6-10.|
|72||Th||5/08||Review Units 6-10.|
|73||F||5/09||Review Units 6-10.|
FINAL EXAM: Friday, May 16, 7:25 pm.
Place to be announced later.