Russian 2 (US)
This course continues the work of Russian 1, building on skills in an introduction to modern Russian. Students will build on a foundation to communicate in written and oral forms. It is rigorous but also allows time to linger with the richness and beauty brought to the language by its historical and cultural context. The class is creatively tailored to move systematically through additional and more complicated building blocks of Russian with a combination of explicit grammatical explanation and active conversation among all students.
At least 50% of each lesson is conducted in Russian, so that in-class repetition and exploration of new concepts engage the students’ senses. Materials include casual Russian conversation, art as visual aids, reading simple texts, Russian Orthodox hymns, poetry or prayer memorization, and even Russian recipes. Written homework will be required to allow for quiet contemplation and further reinforcement of the new material. Oral and written quizzes will be administered periodically during the class period to determine mastery. Each semester will end with an engaging creative project involving either research or a creative group project. Students in the class get to know each other and build a love and knowledge of the Russian language together.
Though demanding and challenging, the course holds promise for students to experience the wonder and delight of discovery, beauty, and a sense of great accomplishment.
In the course, students will learn how to:
- Memorize and understand new Russian vocabulary
- Build on knowledge of conjugation of Russian verbs
- Build on knowledge and use of grammatical cases and tenses
- Build conversational skills for formal and informal settings
- Appreciate aspects of Russian culture and history that are embedded in the language, especially those related to Russian Orthodox tradition
- Build stronger reading skills
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.
- Mezhdu Nami, free online text
- All other materials will be provided by the instructor.
Kristin Edwards-Kubrina had her first exposure to the Russian language as a curious university student. A last-minute decision to study Russian as an elective her first year of university set the stage for a long relationship with the language and culture. It resulted in years of traveling to Russia, meaningful encounters with Russian literature and religious philoshophy throughout her doctoral studies, art history courses on Byzantium and Slavic sacred art, and a deep appreciation for the hymnography of the Church.
Mrs. Edwards-Kubrina has an M.A. in Internatioal Affairs (George Washington University) and an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is returning to St. Raphael School with experience teaching language and literature classes at the university and high school levels. She has also most recently taught in the lower grades at a private elementary school. Her immersive Russian courses draw upon the language’s cultural backdrop with special attention to the interconnectedness of language and the Orthodox Christian tradition. She hopes that both the rigor and beauty of learning Russian will enrich the minds, hearts, and everyday lives of students, much as it has in her own family. Mrs. Edwards-Kubrina lives in South Carolina and serves as the choir director at her local parish.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Scanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.
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