Russian as a Foreign Language: Beginner’s Level
(from no prior knowledge of Russian to basic competency in Russian as a foreign language
Course goal: laying the foundations of Russian pronunciation and conversation for everyday situations; introduction to Russian language and culture.
The program includes work with phonetics, grammar, and conversational practice. The scope and content of the course may vary based on the students’ proficiency levels and professional & academic interests.
Goals: Correct arrangement of the speech apparatus, internalization of articulation patterns, learning intonation with relation to communication goals (asking questions, making statements & evaluations).
Content: FOUNDATIONS OF RUSSIAN PRONUNCIATION
Goals: Mastery of grammar skills of everyday interaction.
Content: FOUNDATIONAL GRAMMAR FOR CONVERSATION
Goals: Ensuring correct and rapid responses in basic academic and life situations; rehearsing a collection of stereotyped interaction patterns for typical academic and life situations; rehearsing stereotyped interaction patterns with the goal of expressing communicative needs such as informing, inquiring, negotiating, discussing, proposing, and motivating.
Content: CULTURAL AND COMMUNICATIVE ADAPTATION
A course organized into 7-10 topics that reflect the spheres of everyday, academic, and cultural communication.
Proposed topics: Introductions, telling about youself; Education, work;
Linguistic material: Basic vocabulary (1,000-1,500 words), idioms and phrases, typical syntactic constructions and speech patterns.
Cultural material: Information about national traditions, cultural and conversational etiquette in typical situations, adapted literary texts, songs.
The basic level program consists of approximately 370-430 academic hours. To achieve elementary proficiency starting with no prior knowledge of Russian requires 120-150 academic hours. To progress from elementary proficiency to basic proficiency requires 250-280 academic hours. Successful completion of the course will make it possible to meet the basic needs of everyday communication and to pass the TORFL Basic Level.
Russian as a Foreign Language: Intermediate Level
(from basic proficiency to Level 1 TORFL certification)
Course goal: to enable students to participate actively in real-life conversations and higher education at Russian institutions, and to expand their cultural knowledge about Russia.
The program encompasses phonetics, grammar, and conversational practice. The scope and content of the course may vary based on the students’ proficiency levels and professional & academic interests.
Goals: Correction of pronunciation through a conscious approach, work on mechanisms of spontaneous, connected speech.
Content: CONVENTIONS OF SPEECH
Goals: Practice and review of difficult points of Russian grammar.
Content: GRAMMAR IN THE LINGUISTIC, TEXTUAL, AND COMMUNICATIVE CONTEXTS
Goals: Expansion, systematization, and activation of vocabulary, practicing mechanisms of spontaneous speech, developing reading and writing skills through work with texts containing information about Russian life.
Content: ACADEMIC TOPICS
Thematic course made up of 7-10 themes, including information about Russian behavior and
etiquette in a broad cultural context.
Linguistic and cultural material: Literary texts with varying degrees of adaptation, mass media materials, news reports about the cultural life of Russia. Conversational practice for intermediate-level students is typically combined with the courses Analyzing Literary Texts and The Language of Mass Media.
For students starting with basic proficiency and wishing to achieve Level 1 TORFL certification, the intermediate-level program will consist of approximately 350-450 academic hours. Successful completion of the course enables students to meet everyday, cultural, academic, and professional communication needs.
Level 1 TORFL certification is required for enrollment in Russian institutions of higher education.
Russian as a Foreign Language: Advanced Level
(from Level 1 to Levels 2 and 3 of TORFL certification)
Course goal: improving Russian proficiency to the level of fluency, understanding and producing stylistically differentiated speech and writing.
The program includes phonetics, grammar, and conversational practice. The scope and content of the course may vary based on the students’ proficiency levels and professional& academic interests.
Goals: Developing an understanding of causes of and means for overcoming a foreign accent, expanding knowledge of the phonetic foundations, pronunciaton conventions, and stylistic repertoire of the Russian language.
Content: THE CULTURAL AND EXPRESSIVE ASPECTS OF RUSSIAN PRONUNCIATION
Goals: Improving grammatical and stylistic proficiency, producing writing texts.
Content: ACADEMIC DISCOURSE: WRITTEN LANGUAGE
Goals: Gaining understanding of written and spoken Russian in all of its complex shades of meaning and subtexts; developing skills in the structuring and explication of texts;summarizing and annotating texts of different genres and styles.
Content: RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IN A CONTEXT OF CULTURE AND DIFFERENT SUBJECTS
Lexical themes incorporating a variety of illustrative area studies subtopics.
Proposed topic: Individuals and their personal lives;
Linguistic and cultural material:In addition to a variety of textbooks (information and reference, nonfiction, art), the course uses audio materials and films, and the students attend theatrical performances and visit museums.
It is recommended that the advanced-level program’s foundational RFL aspects be combined with specialized courses such as Russian Literature, The Language of Art, and Russia and the World.
For students starting with Level 1 TORFL certification, the advanced-level program will consist of 1,100 academic hours (two semesters). Achieving Level 2 TORFL certification requires 720 academic hours (380 for overall proficiency and 340 for professionally-oriented proficiency).
Achieving Level 3 TORFL certification requires a minimum of 280 academic hours (including 160 hours focused on professionally-oriented proficiency).
Successful completion of the advanced-level course results in a high level of proficiency, enabling students to engage fluently in a wide range of cultural, academic, and professional spheres of communication.