Slavic Languages and Literatures | Read in Russian Culture, History and Society II
R408 | ALL | Richter
R408 is a continuation of R407 using materials that are somewhat more advanced and without glossaries prepared for each text by the instructor. Like R407, it is a translation course using non-literary texts. Selections vary and are drawn from history, c
ultural history, memoirs, biography, etc. Both nineteenth- and twentieth-century sources are used.
Every text is completely translated during class recitations. There is a test given at the conclusion of the translation of each text. There is a cumulative mid-term exam over the first half of the materials covered, and a cumulative final over the seco
nd half. Test scores count for 75% of the final grade. Class participation and attendance count for 25%.
Students are also required to select two texts for individual translation, each ten pages in length. The first is to be prepared before the mid-term, and the other is to be completed by the semester's end. Students submit only the first page of each tex
t for the instructor's corrections, but separate tests are given to spot-check comprehension of both as part of the mid-term and of the final exam. The instructor is available for any needed additional assistance on an individual basis.
Attendance in any language course is very important; any absences put the student at a disadvantage and are discouraged. This is especially true in a translation course where all the texts are translated during recitations. Any more than two unexcused a
bsences (an excused absence is one with a doctor's written excuse or with the advance permission of the instructor) will result in an automatic lowering of the final grade by one-half letter grade for every two absences. Being more than fifteen minutes l
ate for class counts as an absence.
Tests must be taken on the day designated by the instructor. If an emergency situation makes it impossible for you to take a test, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor (not a secretary!) that same day-or earlier, if possible-to arrange a ma