In this introduction to Russian language, culture, and history, students will develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They will be introduced to basic grammar concepts and vocabulary. Cultural highlights will introduce students to Russia and the Russian people. This course also features live one-on-one speaking appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. There is a strong emphasis on learning to speak the language, as well as read and write it. This is the first course in a four-part Russian series (RUSS 041, RUSS 043, RUSS 051, and RUSS 053).
Students will need access to a computer with high speed Internet access, a microphone, speakers (or headphones), and a webcam. There are no resubmissions or retakes on instructor-graded assignments, unit quizzes (including the midterm quiz and cumulative review quiz) or the final exam. On speaking appointments, lowest score may be dropped. You must complete the speaking appointment in each unit before you can move on to the next unit.
Course Outline: 
Unit 1: You Already Know a Little Russian
Unit 2: Greetings and Introdutions
Unit 3: Making Sense of Russian Grammar
Unit 4: Small Talk
Unit 5: Descriptions of Things and People
Unit 6: Times and Tenses
Unit 7: At Home