Intermediate Russian Syllabus
Each of our daily lessons is a comprehensive blend of listening, reading, grammar, conversation, and exercises. We place significant emphasis on listening, as understanding unadapted live speech is a crucial skill in foreign language learning. Equally, we prioritize speaking to ensure active language use. Our lessons utilize original materials, which are meticulously analyzed for vocabulary, grammar, and communicative situations. To facilitate comprehension, students are provided with preparatory materials for each class. Studying these resources in advance enables more active and effective participation during the lessons.
Week 1 - Colloquial Russian (20 hours)
During Week 1, we will delve into the nuances of contemporary colloquial Russian. Our primary focus will be on phrases and words. We will also explore unique grammatical features as they are integral to everyday language. Our lessons will feature a variety of original videos, film excerpts, TV shows, and comedies, each centered around a specific topic. These authentic materials will allow us to cover different aspects of colloquial Russian in a real-world context.
Week 2 - Literary Russian (20 hours)
During Week 2, we will delve into the rich tapestry of Russian Literature. Despite its relatively short history spanning a few centuries, it boasts a wealth of literary treasures. This week provides an opportunity to explore various periods of Russian literature and engage with works from each era. Naturally, our study will include the masterpieces of renowned authors such as Dostoevsky and Chekhov. We will engage in thought-provoking discussions about the issues these authors address in their books and the enduring relevance of their works.
Week 3 - Cultural Russian (20 hours)
This week, our focus will be on the diverse culture of Russia. We’ll engage in discussions about its history, traditions, art, and cuisine. Each of these topics not only offers fascinating facts but also presents challenges and varying interpretations, particularly when it comes to Russian history. Some elements, like traditions, are intricate and are undergoing changes in today’s world. We’ll be examining all these aspects in our exploration of Russian culture.
Week 4 - Legal Russian (20 hours)
This week, we will delve into the intricacies of legislative matters and the unique aspects of legal language. Our exploration will encompass a range of topics, including the Constitution, geographical considerations, and the legal nuances of Russia’s relationship with Armenia. We will also examine the specific language used in criminal cases. This will provide students with a wealth of new terminology and enhance their comprehension of legal texts. This promises to be an enlightening journey into the world of law and language.
Week 5 - Economic Russian (20 hours)
This week, we will immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of economics. Our exploration will span the breadth of Russia’s domestic economy and extend to its economic ties with Armenia, given their shared membership in the same economic union. This will offer us a unique opportunity to delve into the intriguing dynamics of their economic relations and gain a deeper understanding of Russian economic terminology and concepts. This promises to be an enlightening journey into the intricacies of economics.
Week 6 - Medical Russian (20 hours)
Often, our understanding of medical terminology in other languages is limited. To address this, our focus this week will be on expanding our medical vocabulary. We will learn about the names of human organs, various diseases, treatment methods, and aspects of the healthcare system, among other topics. Additionally, we will engage in discussions on contentious ethical issues in the field of medicine and delve into the recent COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on its impact in Russia. This promises to be an enlightening exploration of medical language and issues.
Week 7 - Military Russian (20 hours)
Regrettably, the issue of war continues to be pertinent in the 21st century. The 20th century was marked by two world wars and a multitude of local armed conflicts. At present, various regions around the globe, including Ukraine within Europe’s boundaries and Armenia, are grappling with ongoing conflicts. These pressing concerns will be the focus of our discussions this week.
Week 8 - Technological Russian (20 hours)
At present, technology and information stand as pivotal fields of study. They are highly sought after in all forward-thinking nations, exhibiting rapid development and giving rise to numerous unprecedented phenomena. As technological progress unfolds, it concurrently instigates changes in language. This week, we will delve into the nuances of technological language, exploring terms pertinent to this field.