Summer Intensive Russian Program

Russian is critical for the fields of security, politics, economics, global energy policy and nuclear nonproliferation. It is the language of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Solzhenitsyn, and Chekov, conveying profound historical, artistic, and intellectual insights of special significance now in the post-Soviet era.

Our summer Russian program takes on the challenge of mastering the language by rooting active speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in formal knowledge, aided by grammar study, and vocabulary-building. At the same time, the Fluency Component uses topics of intrinsic interest to students and real-world materials such as YouTube videos, Russian pop music lyrics, and animation to stimulate broad-ranging communicative activities.

The goal is to put students confidently on the path to Russian language fluency and to growing appreciation for one of the world’s great cultures—from “The Battleship Potemkin” to the Sochi Olympics. Мы приглашаем вас открыть мир русского языка с нами!

Program Highlights

  • Eight weeks of classes from June 16 to August 8, 2014
  • 21.5 hours of in-class instruction per week
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced sections available depending on enrollment
  • Two components for each level: a Core Component that focuses on structure and vocabulary, and a Fluency Component that is devoted to real-world speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Free tutoring to support classroom learning
  • Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate programs
  • Co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study
  • Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience
  • Career advising to support students’ career paths related to the Russian-speaking world

Please click below to learn more about each level and textbook(s) used.

Elementary Russian

The elementary class is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Russian. The elementary level emphasizes survival skills and extensively covers the basic grammar that must be mastered in order to function in a Russian environment. Instruction also includes a variety of activities ranging from role-plays based on given scenarios and individual and group presentations as well as the reading of authentic Russian texts. Students are able to work with audio and video materials to develop listening skills and take part in grammar sessions that include conversational practice.

Elementary-Level Textbook

The Russian Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Please check with the Russian Coordinator.

Intermediate Russian

The intermediate class is designed for students with at least two years of recent college-level Russian studies or after spending at least one semester in Russian speaking country. Students are required to take a placement exam at the start of the program. Placement is determined by students' language proficiency level, not the length of their previous studies.
The intermediate class uses a content-based, communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students study a particular subject matter such as Russian politics, history, society, or environmental issues while developing speaking, listening, reading, writing, and analytical skills.

The 4.5 hours of in-class instruction is composed of various types of activities ranging from individual and group presentations to group discussions and reading authentic Russian texts. Grammar sessions include conversational practice, and students will also work with audio and video materials (e.g. interviews with Russian native speakers, relevant excerpts from Russian films, Russian TV news) in order to develop listening skills.

Intermediate-Level Textbook

The Russian Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

V Puti, Textbook
Edition:  2nd
Publisher:  Prentice Hall

V Puti, Student Activities Manual
Edition:  2nd
Publisher:  Prentice Hall

Advanced Russian

The advanced class is designed for students who have completed an intermediate Russian course. Students are required to take a placement exam at the start of the program. Placement is determined by students' language proficiency level, not the length of their previous studies.

The advanced class uses a content-based, communicative approach to engage students in real tasks and deepen their understanding of the Russian language. Students study various topics pertaining Russian lifestyle, culture, politics, history, and society while developing speaking, listening, reading, writing, and analytical skills. The focus of this course is to consolidate previously acquired skills and help students develop sophisticated conversational, reading and writing skills.

The 4.5 hours of in-class instruction is composed of various types of activities that include daily individual presentations on current Russian and world events, watching Russian and Soviet movies that are followed by group discussions, working with other types of media, reading authentic Russian texts, honing grammar skills, and writing sequels to Russian films.

The textbook used is Cinema for Russian Conversation by Kagan, O., Kashper, M., & Morozova, Y. (2005).  The textbook uses Russian and Soviet films as a basis for conversation and can be used on several levels of language proficiency. Each chapter includes authentic texts for reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises, as well as writing assignments. The activities are arranged according to the difficulty levels corresponding to ACTFL Proficiency guidelines.

Required:

Cinema for Russian Conversation
Kagan, O., Kashper, M., & Morozova, Y. (2005)
Publisher:  Focus Publishing

Contact Us

Alisyn Henneck
Enrollment Marketing Manager
languages@miis.edu
(831) 647-4115

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