Wintersession 101

Wintersession Russian 101 - January 3-23, 2017

MTWThF 8:30-12:40 p.m. class 

12:40-2:40 p.m. office hours 

Learn one semester of Russian in three weeks and jumpstart your study of Russian language! 

About the course:

Wintersession Russian 101 covers exactly the same material -- classwork, homework, quizzes, exams -- as fall-semester Russian 101. The Wintersession course takes fourteen days to cover as much material as the fall-semester course covers in thirteen weeks. This means that attendance is crucial; more than one absence means that you will have a very difficult time catching up. We are together five hours a day, and you should expect to spend around three to four hours per evening doing your homework. In other words, you need to commit about forty hours per week -- the equivalent of a full-time job -- to Wintersession Russian.

Textbooks and prepration:

The textbooks for the course are available at the Wellesley College Bookstore by 1 December. We strongly suggest that you purchase the books before going away for the holidays. Before coming to our first class session, you must have the entire Russian alphabet memorized and must be able to write all the letters of the Russian alphabet relatively easily. What this means is that you should be able to see a printed Russian letter and instantly pronounce it more or less correctly, and that you should be able to sound out simple, printed Russian words with some difficulty. You do not have to memorize the names of the letters, or the order in which they appear in the Russian alphabet; We will do this with you in class, starting on the first day. For help with handwriting cyrillic letters, download the crucial Powerpoint file"Russian_handwriting.ppt" here or by clicking the "Syllabus" link in the left navigation bar. 

 

Daily Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Classwork with Irene
9:00-9:40 Classwork with Prof. Weiner
9:40-10:00 Break
10:00-11:10 Classwork with Prof. Weiner
11:10-11:30 Break
11:30-12:40 Classwork with Prof. Weiner
12:40-1:40 Weiner has office hours

1:40-2:40

Irene has office hours

 

Class meets five days a week.

The grader and Teaching Assistant for the course will be Irene Garlaneau. She will lead the daily homework-correction session from 8:30 to 9:00, during which you will all correct your previous evening's homework as a large group. If questions come up, we will answer these during our classwork together. The TA will also be grading your quizzes, outside of class, on the day you hand them in.

During breaks, you are all most welcome to make yourselves at home in the lounge (Founders 416), where we have Russian music, Russian television, Russian videotapes, etc., all at your disposal. Refreshments, coffee, tea and chilled Poland Spring water will be available there every day. There are women's and men's bathrooms at the other end of the fourth-floor corridor (next to the elevator). Snacks will magically appear quite often in the lounge, but you should plan on bringing your own snacks or lunch, or both, with you each day.

Bring all three textbooks (Golosa textbook and workbook, and Oxford Russian Minidictionary) with you to class every day. You should also bring a sharp pencil; it is strongly suggested that you use a good mechanical pencil.

If you are not a Wellesley student, please call 781-283-3333 as soon as possible to set up an account on Wellesley College's e-mail and networking system.