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Course: Russian Language and Culture for Post-beginners PDF Print E-mail

Victoria University of Wellington
FEB 5, 2015
8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee    $160.00 incl GST  
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date    $180.00 incl GST  
$200.00 incl GST  
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Description

Overview:

Russian is best learnt when both written and oral language skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week intermediate course designed to reinforce novice-level proficiency and to develop intermediate-level skills necessary for deepening communication in Russian.

Target audience:
This course is for those with basic knowledge of Russia and the Russian language who would like to develop intermediate-level language skills and:

are interested in Russia and the language and culture
have a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia
are planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken
are interested in international science, maths, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will have:

enhanced their reading and writing skills in Russian
gained a further understanding of Russian grammar
learnt more vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
meeting people, talking about hobbies and professions, visiting people or inviting someone to their home
making enquiries, requesting things, asking the time, visiting places (shops, restaurants, airports, stations)
talking about future plans and holidays
gained further knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Course format:
Two-hour classes are held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Course outline:
Session 1:


Enhancing reading, writing and conversational skills; nouns, pronouns, adjectives, gender, number, nominative case; simple questions and statements in Russian 
Introducing yourself (name, age, hobbies) 
Mysterious Russian soul (video and discussion)

Session 2:

Verbs, present tense; imperatives; accusative nouns, pronouns
Talking about your study, profession or job; Russia’s system of classes
Peculiarities of the Russian state; Russian history – milestones: Russian Ark (excerpts from the film with commentary)

Session 3:

Nouns in the genitive – the case of nouns after numbers
At the shop, exchange office or bank
Russia – window to Europe and the Iron Curtain; prominent Russians; inventions and discoveries of Russian origin; knowledge and understanding of “history” – understanding cognitive dissonance: Admiral (excerpts from the film with commentary)

Session 4:

Ordinal numbers; reflexive verbs
Asking the time; concepts of time; days of the week; at the airport and the station (from...to, am and pm)
Urban versus rural relations: city life and the Russian province and the Russian village (video and discussion)

Session 5:


Prepositional singular of nouns
Counties and nationalities; documents; visa application forms
Russian mentality through folklore and national songs, fairy tales, sayings, proverbs; Russian superstitions (video and discussion)

Session 6:

Prepositional singular of adjectives and pronouns; comparatives; superlatives
Visiting someone at home; inviting someone to your house; accepting or declining hospitality
What Russians eat and drink; Russian cuisine and traditional dishes (video and discussion)

Session 7:

Imperfective and perfective verbs; future tense
Talk about future plans; patterns and rhythm of life in the course of a year; the months of the year; school and university holidays; the business year
Russian literature, music and art – the annual pattern of shows and entertainment; reading Pushkin in the original: Evgeniy Onegin (excerpts from the film with commentary)

Session 8:
Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement

Teacher:
Olga Suvorova has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Moscow State University. She has extensive experience in working with international leaders in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Russia on cultural intelligence questions. Olga is married to a New Zealander and works in both New Zealand and Moscow.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, so please enrol early.

For further information:

Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Lieut. -Colonel H. C. Barclay, M.D., of Timaru, writing to the Christchurch Sun, says: — Arriving in Petrograd, after a tedious 22 days journey from Japan, I was anxious to waste no time, but to get to the front. At that time no reverses had be fallen the English or French troops, and the idea of my commission leading to an appointment in England among the army that was to be recruited had not occurred to me, and so I promptly offered myself as an army surgeon to the Russians, and was accepted as an operating surgeon, though of the language I knew nothing. Still, if they were game to take me, I was game to go. During the ten days of waiting I had some interesting, if not exciting, personal expediences. I had the honor of being, presented to the Empress - that is, the Dowager Empress, the mother of the present Tsar. It was at one of the summer palaces on the island of the Neva, on the borders of Petrograd. After some formal introduction to a baroness and one of the Princesses, the Empress came in. She was attired in black with a plain white collar and a pearl necklace, her hair dressed in ordinary English fashion. There was no difficulty in seeing at once the likeness to Queen Alexandra, whose sister she is, but she was not as tall, nor as impressive in appearanpe as I understand the late Queen of England to be. She was exceedingly gracious in manner and in speech, and spoke English like an English lady would. Among other things, she expressed her pleasure at seeing an Englishman with her troops, and when she spoke of  the Anglo-Russian alliance, the emotion behind the words was plainly visible to me. A TALISMAN. When I said  that while with her countrymen I hoped to do my duty faithfully and well she slipped a little present into my hand, saying, -"Keep this for my sake, and may it protect you." Then her Majesty looked me very straight in the face and paused - her eyes were moist “Thank God for the English alliance," – she said and raising her hand to my lips I kissed it, bowed, and she passed out. It needed no keen observer to be aware of the feeling at the back of words in themselves so simple. Needless, to say, the little gift was of the nature of an amulet, a religious token to be worn round the neck. Of her interest in my reasons for being in Russia at the time, and of her questions about New Zealand and Australia I need not write. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13570, 23 December 1914, Page 2

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