Middlebury Language Schools

 

Elena Shmeleva

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RUSS 6502 - Adv Conversation Practicum      

Advanced Conversation Practicum

Students in this class will focus on expanding their lexicon and their syntactical repertoire in scholarly and journalistic speech and on preparing scholarly presentations in their area of interest. Main themes will be political, economic, cultural, and social life in Russia, as students approach interesting and sometimes controversial topics concerning contemporary Russian society and culture. Students will read assigned articles from scholarly and media sources; watch videos on Russian politics, society, and culture; discuss these materials; and write compositions. Grades will be determined according to participation in class discussions, weekly compositions, an oral presentation, and a final oral examination.

Linguistics Language & Stylistics

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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RUSS 6520 - Conversational Russian      

Conversational Russian

This course will provide conversastional practice, focusing on expandning specialized vocabulary and developing fluency. Many discussion topics will be taken from current events.

Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011

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RUSS 6606 - Word Formation      

The rich word-formation possibilities of the Russian language allow for formation according to certain models. As a result of word-formation processes, there are many “clusters”—often dozens of words—that are created from one common root. Prefixes and suffixes add nuances of meaning and emotional coloring. Knowledge of word formation will help with comprehension of Russian texts, where authors frequently use neologisms that do not appear in dictionaries. This course will focus on the many ways in which Russian can create new words. Students’ grades will be based on in-class work, homework assignments, two tests, and a final written paper.

Linguistics Language & Stylistics

Summer 2013

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RUSS 6684 - The Russian Anecdote      

The Russian Anecdote: Understanding Russian Jokes and Humor

This course will focus on helping students toward a better understanding of Russian culture through the tool of Russian canned jokes (‘anekdoty’). We will discuss the conceptualization of the world in Russian jokelore (what is taken for granted in Russian jokes and what one needs to know to understand them) and give an account of the rules of telling jokes in Russian as well as the formal means of introducing a joke text into discourse. We will pay special attention to the main characters of Russian jokes, recognizable by the description of their appearance, behavior, clothes and other accessories, and their “linguistic masks,” which correlate with their “behavior masks.” In addition, we will analyze ways of using jokes in the media (in particular, indirect allusions to jokes). The course grade will be based on student homework, participation in class discussion, and a final exam.

Language & Stylistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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RUSS 6710 - Intertextuality Post-Sov Cult      

Intertextuality in Post-Soviet Russian Culture

This course aims to improves students' cultural literacy by examining key phrases, texts, films, current events, names, jokes and other concepts of the last twenty years that are frequently referenced by Russians.

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011

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