Overview: The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with American Councils International Education, operates an intensive academic program at Almaty, Kazakhstan. The program offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the Russian language, experience the Kazakh language and learn more about Kazakh culture. The main component of this program will be an intensive language studies.
Students are placed into appropriate levels of language instruction, based on the results of placement testing and according to their level of proficiency. Russian language courses are taught by professionals trained in current methodologies and experienced in teaching international students.
Russian Language Courses: Students have the option to enroll in Russian language coursework, including:
Intensive Beginning Russian (RSSS 101 - 3 units): For students with very little or no previous classroom instruction in Russian. Students will learn to read and understand spoken Russian in basic and predictable everyday contexts (such as introducing themselves, talking about their families, friends, everyday activities and hobbies, ordering a meal in a restaurant, asking directions on the street) and develop basic skills in reading and writing. Students will learn elementary grammatical structures of Russian and acquire basic vocabulary. Upon completion of this course, the students will have novice high or intermediate low language skills.
Intensive Intermediate Russian (RSSS 201 - 3 units): Students will further develop their language skills in all four modalities (listening, speaking, writing and reading) through communicative activities in and outside the classroom. Students will review basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring new grammatical skills and working on enlarging their active vocabulary. Students will raise their listening, speaking, and communicative skills to the intermediate mid or high level. At the end of the course, students will be able to interact in some aspects of day-to-day life in a Russian-speaking community and will be prepared to enter their home college’s upper-level Russian courses.
Intensive Advanced Russian (RSSS 301 - 3 units): Students will work on increasing their level to intermediate high and advanced low or mid. The students will expand and solidify their command of Russian vocabulary, grammar and spelling, and develop advanced listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Students will get practice with advanced grammatical topics such as particles, verbal adverbs and numerals, and work on verbal aspect and verbal governance. Students will engage in a wide variety of activities, combining textbook materials with authentic reading texts and videos in a variety of genres. Students will discuss various topics related to both everyday situations and political and social life. At the end of the course, students will prepare and deliver short presentations.
Advanced Russian Communication/Advanced Russian Reading (RSSS 415 - 3 units): Intended for students who have already achieved high proficiency in Russian. Typically, a student at this level will have completed three-four years of the college study of Russian and/or will have lived in a Russian-speaking country for a semester or more. Students taking this course should be comfortable speaking Russian in a wide range of situations, should be easily understood by Russian speakers, should be able to follow and participate in conversations on familiar topics, and should have a firm mastery of grammar and vocabulary. This course is intended to expand the range of registers and styles in which students are comfortable; to familiarize them with the norms of discourse in a range of styles, from academic and journalistic to literary and informal, both in writing and in oral speech. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact in Russian effectively and with ease and they should expect to reach a proficiency level of advanced high or superior.
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