Slavic Languages and Literatures | Russian for Graduate Students 1
R491 | ALL | Keller

First semester of a two-semester sequence for the development of
reading skills in
Russian. Second semester: R492

The goal is to go from "zero-Russian" to a competency in reading
Russian, with the aid of
a dictionary, in one's area of research.

The first semester generally covers the basic grammatical structures
of Russian, with
special emphasis as to their appearance in reading. At the halfway
point in the semester
short passages are presented to the students. These short passages
are graded for level of
difficulty, and are accompanied by a set of English "glosses" -
translations of the more
difficult words.

Textbook used for the basic grammatical structures:
Pat Arant, Reading Russian. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers,

The grammatical presentations in Arant tend to be brief and
succinct. For this reason, the
major points are embelished with xeroxed explanations from leading
(proficiency oriented) textbooks.