Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Russian

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 Intensive 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.

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!

Russian Program Highlights

  • Students are exposed to real-world materials such as press interviews, Russian pop music lyrics, and global and regional events to stimulate broad-ranging communicative activities.

  • Students work on individual projects to develop fluency in their own fields of interest.
  • Free tutoring with fluent Russian speakers to support classroom learning
  • Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate and ESL programs
  • Weekly and daily co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study. Some past activities include:
    • Excursion to the Russian quarter of San Francisco
    • Russian game nights
    • Weekly Russian film nights
  • Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience in prestigious universities 
  • Career advising to support students’ career paths related to the Russian-speaking world

General Information

  • Highly intensive 8-week summer program from June 14 - August 8, 2018
  • 4.5 hours of class per day with 3-5 hours of homework per night
  • $4,175 tuition includes some co-curricular activities and weekly tutoring
  • Additional expenses estimated here

Hear from a Russian Summer Language Student:

Student Outcomes by Level: What Will You Learn?

Elementary Russian 1

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Zero Beginner or Novice Low
  • Exit: Novice High 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language. I can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can present basic information on familiar topics using language I have practiced using phrases and simple sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life. I can recognize pieces of information and some- times understand the main topic of what is being said.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short and simple texts related to everyday life. I can sometimes understand the main idea of what I have read

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

Elementary Russian 2

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Novice Mid
  • Exit: Intermediate Low

 Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.

 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

 

Elementary Russian 3

 Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Novice High
  • Exit: Intermediate Low 

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar. 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

Intermediate Russian 1

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Intermediate Low
  • Exit: Intermediate Mid 

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can understand the main idea in conversations that I overhear.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life and personal interests or studies. 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

Intermediate Russian 2

Proficiency Target 

  • Enter: Intermediate Mid
  • Exit: Stronger Intermediate Mid or Intermediate High

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can participate with ease and confidence in conversations on familiar topics. I can usually talk about events and experiences in various time frames. I can usually describe people, places, and things. I can handle social interactions in everyday situations, sometimes even when there is an unexpected complication.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can make presentations in a generally organized way on school, work, and community topics, and on topics I have researched. I can make presentations on some events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on topics related to school, work, and community in a generally organized way. I can write some simple paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can easily understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can usually understand a few de- tails of what I overhear in conversations, even when something unexpected is expressed.
      I can sometimes follow what I hear about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can easily understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies. I can sometimes follow stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various time frames. 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

Intermediate Russian 3

Proficiency Target 

  • Enter: Intermediate High
  • Exit: Stronger Intermediate High or Advanced Low

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can participate in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life. I can talk in an organized way and with some detail about events and experiences in various time frames. I can describe people, places, and things in an organized way and with some detail. I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver organized presentations appropriate to my audience on a variety of topics. I can present information about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on general interest, academic, and professional topics. I can write organized paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea and some supporting details in organized speech on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in a variety of genres on familiar topics, even when something unexpected is expressed.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea and some supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames and genres. 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

 

Advanced Russian 1

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Advanced Low
  • Exit: Stronger Advanced Low or Advanced Mid

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can express myself fully not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can talk in de- tail and in an organized way about events and experiences in various time frames. I can confidently handle routine situations with an unexpected complication. I can share my point of view in discussions on some complex issues.
  • Presentational Speaking

    • I can deliver well-organized presentations on concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can present de- tailed information about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on a wide variety of general interest, professional, and academic topics. I can write well-organized, detailed paragraphs in various time frames.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea and most supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in most genres, even when not familiar with the topic.
  • Interpretive Reading

    • I can understand the main idea and most supporting details in texts on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some professional topics. I can follow stories and descriptions of considerable length and in various time frames. I can understand texts written in a variety of genres, even when I am unfamiliar with the topic. 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

Advanced Russian 2

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Advanced Mid
  • Exit: Stronger Advanced Mid or Advanced High

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can express myself freely and spontaneously, and for the most part accurately, on concrete topics and on most complex issues. I can usually support my opinion and develop hypotheses on topics of particular interest or personal expertise.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver detailed presentations, usually with accuracy, clarity and precision, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and some special fields of expertise.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write extensively with significant precision and detail on a variety of topics, most complex issues, and some special fields of expertise.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can easily follow narrative, informational, and descriptive speech. I can understand discussions on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts. I can some- times follow extended arguments and different points of view.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can easily follow narrative, informational, and descriptive texts.
      I can understand what I read on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts. I can sometimes understand extended arguments and different points of view.

 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014

Advanced Russian 3

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Advanced High
  • Exit: Stronger Advanced High or Superior

Student Learning Outcomes by Mode of Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication

    • I can communicate with ease, accuracy, and flu- ency. I can participate fully and effectively in discussions on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings. I can discuss at length complex issues by structuring arguments and developing hypotheses.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver detailed presentations with accuracy, clarity, and precision to a wide variety of audiences on topics and issues ranging from broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write about complex and abstract issues ranging from topics of broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise using standard structure, lexicon, and writing protocols.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can follow a wide range of academic and professional discourse on abstract and specialized topics. I can understand all standard dialects. I can sometimes infer complex meaning that requires deep understanding of the culture.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can follow academic, professional, and literary texts on a wide range of both familiar and unfamiliar subjects. I can sometimes infer complex meaning that requires analysis and deep understanding of the culture.

 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014