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Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Foreign Languages -- Russian

214 HSS Building

Rolla, MO 65409-0930

Phone: (573) 341-4627

Fax: (573) 341-6312


Arts, Languages and Philosophy Department

Foreign Languages - Russian

214 Humanities-Social Science Building

1870 Miner Circle

Rolla, MO 65409-0570

Telephone: (573) 341 - 4627

Fax: (573) 341- 6312




 Elementary Russian 001

Fall 2012


Dr. Irina Ivliyeva




Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m., 214 HSS

or/and by appointment

Wednesdays: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., LEAD Learning Center, 202 H/SS












Texts and




  1. Khavronina, S.: Russian in Exercises
  2. Misha A. Fayer:  Basic Russian. Book One
  3. Oxford Pocket Oxford Dictionary (50,000 words minimum)


Edwina Jannie Cruise. English Grammar for Students of Russian
ISBN-10: 0934034214




W           8:00-8:50 am

Tu, Th   9:30-10:45 am


202  HSS

106 EMGT




Prerequisite. No previous knowledge of the language is expected or required. If your proficiency level is higher than the one expected for this course you will be advised by your instructor to register in Russ 002 or any other appropriate level.


Blackboard Access. The course information and other important course materials are posted on Blackboard.  Students are responsible for login into the Blackboard regularly and following the coursework.


Attendance. The study of a foreign language is a discipline that requires steady work. In some subjects students can coast and then shortly before an exam grasp the main concepts. This cannot be done in foreign language study. Class attendance is mandatory. If you are unable to come to class, you are still responsible for turning in the homework assigned during your absence, and you are expected to work independently on the material covered in class.

Like instructors, students are required to attend classes regularly, to arrive prepared and on time, and to participate in all activities. Russian language classes are highly interactive, which means that attendance cannot be purely a personal matter. Absence, tardiness, and non-preparedness impose unfairly on other students.

Attendance will be taken at every lecture and will affect a student's final grade in many ways. Students who miss classes are unlikely to perform as well as they might have had their attendance been better. Small unannounced quizzes are frequently given at the beginning of class meetings, and absence or tardiness will result in zeros on these quizzes.

More than 5 absences are grounds for failing the course. Repeated or extreme tardiness may be counted as unexcused absence. Students are responsible for making up work that is missed due to absence, which is not an excuse for lack of preparation.

Please don't abuse the attendance policy; it's there because students who don't participate regularly in class fall behind, hurting both themselves and those who then have to work with them. Under no circumstances will this class take lower precedence to other courses, classes, or professors.


Class Participation Criteria. This component of your grade includes class preparation, active participation and volunteering for class activities, exclusive use of Russian in the classroom and attendance. Preparation is considered a component of your participation grade.


   •  I attended class/lab and arrived on time.

   •  I greeted people and took leave using Russian expressions.

   •  I worked on my comprehension skills by listening when others spoke.

   •  I made an effort to speak mostly Russian (when instructed).

   •  I participated in all activities with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

   •  I helped others to do all of the above.


   •  I attended class/lab and arrived on time.

   •  I greeted people and took leave using Russian expressions.

   •  Every now and then, I didn’t listen to others when they were talking.

   •  I made an effort to speak almost always Russian (when instructed).

   •  I participated in all activities, sometimes enthusiastically.

   •  Overall I showed a positive attitude.

   •  I made participating in class/lab easier for other people.


   •  I arrived late to class/lab.

   •  I used more English in class/lab than Russian.

   •  I wasn’t listening while others talked.

   •  My presence in a group didn’t make much difference in getting the task done.


Grading Scale:

F –   60% and below

D –  69 - 61 %

C –  80 - 70 %

B –  90 -81 %

A – 100 - 91%


Your final grade will be comprised of the following categories.

1.     Class participation, quizzes and homework   45%

2.     Tests                                                               30%.

3.     Midterm                                                          10%.

4.     Final                                                                10%

5.     2 (two) Blogs                                                   5%  (2.5% each)


1) Class participation, quizzes and homework.    Your class participation, quizzes and homework will be worth 45% of your final grade.


Quizzes. Expect a quiz every class. They will vary in form and content. These are to help you gauge your progress on a day to day basis.


Homework. Homework will be assigned daily. Each homework assignment will be due the following class period. Please submit your homework at the end of each class before leaving the classroom, unless I indicate otherwise.


Do not treat unwritten homework as non-homework; reading, listening, and memorization will have a considerable influence on your ability to function in class and on your success. Written homework will be collected at the end of class. Instructor is not required to accept, correct, or grade late or illegible homework. Homework will be corrected and returned promptly.


2) Tests. Each test will be comprehensive in nature, however, the most current grammar and lexical material will be emphasized. They will be similar to the quizzes, only larger. All tests will be worth 30% of your final grade.


Each student has to take each test on the day and at the time that it is offered to the entire class. No makeup tests will be allowed unless serious circumstances prevent the student from being present in class that day. If you miss an examination due to serious illness or a death in the family, the instructor must be informed no later than the day of the examination before the class and the circumstances must be documented promptly in order to have the failing grade removed from the record. No books, notes, etc. are permitted on any quiz, test, or examination. Quizzes, tests, and examinations will be corrected, graded, and returned promptly.


3) Midterm exam. Midterm exam will be worth 10% of your final grade.

The midterm exam will consist of a written part and a conversational (or oral comprehension) part. A list of conversational topics (if applicable) will be given in advance.


4) Final exam. Final exam will be worth 10 % of your final grade.

The final exam will consist of a written part and a conversational (or oral comprehension) part. A list of conversational topics will be given in advance.


5)  Two Blog entries (2.5% each):

Throughout the semester you will be responsible for maintaining a blog on the Blackboard site for this course. You will be required to write a minimum of two blog entries, worth 2.5 % each. The first Blog is due by noon on Thursday, October 11; the second Blog is due by noon on Thursday, December 6.  No late blogs will be accepted.


For each blog entry, you will write a minimum of 300 words (in English) in several well-developed paragraphs. Your entry should be a summary of what you feel were the most important points covered in the course discussions about Russian culture, customs and/or current events. You should strive to express your personal opinions in a manner that is respectful to others. You may want to relate the week’s topic to your work environment (if appropriate). This exercise has four functions:

  • It helps you reinforce and synthesize the material covered.
  • It will help you personalize the material and adapt it to your own specific professional, academic, and personal needs.
  • By reading other students’ blogs, you will gain access to a multitude of perspectives on various subjects.
  • It gives the instructors insight as to what parts of the course have been effective and what could be taught more in depth in the future.

Although it is not required for the course, you are strongly encouraged to interact with one another by responding to your classmates’ blog postings.



Self-assessment. Each student will be asked to write a short (150-200 words) self-assessment statement in English (¿¿-¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!) about your learning experience in Elementary Russian 001. Please email your self-assessment to your instructor before December 6, 2012. This essay will not affect your grade.


Self-assessment guidelines:

 Describe your reasons for taking the class, your goals and expectations, and compare them with practical outcomes/ results. Describe (briefly) your reading, writing, comprehension and speaking skills in Russian. Please share when and how you may be able to use the skills (job, graduate school, further studies, studies abroad, interpersonal communication etc.). Please tell us about your future plans (if any) regarding Russian. And anything else you think is relevant.


Submission Policy:

Electronic submissions are welcomed. When turning in tests / assignments via e-mail, include your name, class assignment type in both the body of the message, and the subject line. To successfully complete the course, all work must be submitted.


1)     Late submissions: You can submit your work on or before its due date. No late submissions will be accepted for ANY reason.

2)     Excuses. “Working on other projects”, “I forgot”, “wanted to leave town early”, “lost my books”, “my roommate had a party last night”, “my alarm did not work” are typical excuses worth zero on tests and submissions.

3)     Extra credit. There is NO extra credit for anyone to improve their grade. Don’t even ask.

4)     To successfully complete the course, all work must be submitted.



Email policy.

1) You will receive a brief email update from your instructors after each class. Your instructor will send messages ONLY to students’ valid Missouri S&T e-mail addresses. Read your e-mail daily to keep track of required classroom activities and homework assignments. This is especially important if you miss class.


2) You may email your instructors if you have any questions or concerns. During any regular workday your instructors will check email at least twice a day. You can expect a response within 24 hours during the school week. When you send an email to your instructors, be sure to include a subject line that clearly states the purpose of the e-mail.


Cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices in the classroom:

During lectures, the use of cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Except in emergencies, those using such devices must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.  

Computer use in the classroom:

Students are permitted to use computers during class for note-taking and other class-related work only. Those using computers during class for work not related to that class must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.  


Permanent Records:

Technology is an important part of modern life. Keep multiple electronic copies of all of the work you produce for this class. Do not delete any of your files just because you've turned in the assignment; you may need to revise and resubmit.

Please keep a copy of all graded work for your future references, reviews and follow-ups.



Instructors will be handing out a schedule and assignment sheets and other materials for class and for projects. It is important to regularly check the course schedule for activities, reading assignments, and other information. Ignorance of course policies stated in the syllabus is not an excuse for failure to conform to theses policies.


Student Academic Regulations

Missouri S&T’s "Student Academic Regulations" handbook is available online at All students are encouraged to review sections on Academic Dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage.


If you have additional questions regarding these issues, please contact Vice Provost Harvest L. Collier in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 341-7276 or .


Academic Alert System:
The purpose of the Academic Alert System is to improve the overall academic success of students by improving communication among students, instructors and advisors; reducing the time required for students to be informed of their academic status; and informing students of actions necessary by them in order to meet the academic requirements in their courses.


Disability Support Services:
If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, you are strongly encouraged to meet with me early in the semester. You will need to request that the Disability Services staff send a letter to me verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need before we can arrange your accommodation. Disability Support Services is located in 204 Norwood Hall. Their phone number is 341-4211 and their email is


LEAD Learning Assistance
Russian LEAD assistance starts on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 and will be held weekly in 202 HSS, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 

The Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines Program (LEAD) sponsors free learning assistance in a wide range of courses for students who wish to increase their understanding, improve their skills, and validate their mastery of concepts and content in order to achieve their full potential. Check out the online schedule at, using zoom buttons to enlarge the view. Look to see what other courses you are taking have collaborative LEAD learning centers (bottom half of schedule) and/or Individualized LEAD tutoring (top half of the schedule).  For more information, contact the LEAD office at 341-4608 or email


Accommodation: If you have a documented disability for which you require accommodation, you need to contact the instructors immediately.  Please take care of this within the first two weeks of class.



Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor about any questions or problems with the course. Do not hesitate to ask for help as soon as you suspect there may be a problem; in addition to being able to explain difficult points, your instructor can offer suggestions about strategies for studying that may help you work more effectively. Your instructor keeps regular office hours and is also available by appointment.


“Egress Route” for use in campus emergencies:

Visit the Russian Web site at


I am here to help you. Enjoy the course. Good luck!









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Tests and exam schedule








Test 1

Thursday, September 6

9:30-10:45 am        106 EMGT

Test 2

Thursday, September 20

9:30-10:45 am        106 EMGT

Midterm (oral)

Wednesday, October 10

8:00-8:50  am         202 HSS

Midterm (writ.)

Thursday, October 11

9:30-10:45 am        106 EMGT

Test 3

Thursday, November 1

9:30-10:45 am        106 EMGT

Test 4

Thursday, November 15

9:30-10:45 am        106 EMGT

Final (oral)

Wednesday, December 5

8:00-8:50  am         202 HSS

Final (writ.)

Thursday, December 6

9:30-10:45 am        106 EMGT


PLEASE NOTE If necessary, I reserve my right to make changes and/or adjustments to this tentative schedule and to the syllabus. I will keep you informed.