Application Update

The School of Russian online program is now full, and we are no longer accepting applications.

The School of Russian 8-week online program and 6-week graduate online program will include:

  • Synchronous class time and asynchronous virtual activities including opportunities for conversation outside of class.
  • Tutoring and activities scheduled after class and on weekends.

8-Week Online Program

Dates and Fees

Dates June 22–August 14 (8 weeks)
Credits 9 semester hours (3 Middlebury units)
Tuition and Fees $6,600

Schedule

Days Monday–Friday
Hours 3 synchronous hours a day
Time Block  11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT (varies by level)

Levels

First-Year Russian

For students with little or no previous classroom instruction in Russian. Starting from scratch, students learn the alphabet and learn to read and understand spoken Russian, learn to write and speak Russian in basic and predictable contexts (ordering a meal in a restaurant, asking directions on the street). Students master the basic grammatical structures of the language and acquire a beginning vocabulary, practiced in weekly compositions. Students completing this level typically have Novice High or Intermediate Low language skills on the ACTFL scale. Three-unit version of Level 1 (Introductory) Russian, as listed on the Davis School of Russian website; placement criteria may be somewhat broader for the online program.

Prior to the start of classes, the lead instructor of First-Year Russian will assign homework to help you learn the printed and hand-written Russian alphabet. This assignment will be due on Sunday, June 21. The homework is designed to help beginner students prepare for this highly intensive program.

Second-Year Russian

For students with approximately 150 hours of prior formal classroom instruction in Russian. In this class, students review the basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring an active vocabulary of approximately 1,500 words. Students typically complete this level with Intermediate Mid language skills on the ACTFL scale. Three-unit version of Level 3 (Basic Intermediate) Russian, as listed on the Davis School of Russian website; placement criteria may be somewhat broader for the online program.

Third-Year Russian

For students with approximately 300 hours of prior formal classroom instruction in Russian. In this class students review the basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and focus their attention on more challenging structures of the language such as verbs of motion, verbal aspect, and complex syntax, among others. By the end of summer most students have an active vocabulary approaching 2,000 words. We will read, think, write, and argue about social and cultural issues important for Russian society and people today. We will study several of these issues in depth, looking at how they are treated in the press, contemporary literature, and film. Students typically complete this level with Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High language skills on the ACTFL scale. Three-unit version of Level 5 (Advanced Intermediate) Russian, as listed on the Davis School of Russian website; placement criteria may be somewhat broader for the online program.

Fourth-Year Russian

For students with approximately 400 hours of prior formal instruction in Russian, or fewer hours of formal instruction but a semester or more in Russia. In this class, students tackle the more complicated grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and significantly increase their vocabulary by studying Russian root-based semantic groups, idioms, and synonyms. The course focuses a good deal of attention on the development of students’ lexical competence (active vocabulary of approximately 2,500 words) by acquainting them with prototypical models of the word formation and derivation processes of contemporary standard Russian. Class work includes detailed analysis of Russian films, as well as the reading of contemporary poems, short stories, and excerpts of longer prose works. Students typically complete this level with Advanced Low to Advanced Mid language proficiency on the ACTFL scale. Three-unit version of Level 7 (Advanced) Russian, as listed on the Davis School of Russian website; placement criteria may be somewhat broader for the online program.

6-Week Graduate Online Program

Dates and Fees

Dates July 1–August 14 (6 weeks)
Credits 9 semester hours (3 Middlebury units)
Tuition and Fees $6,600
Schedule Monday-Friday

Courses

10:00–10:50 a.m. EDT      

Advanced Russian for Graduate Students (RUSS 6501 A)

11:00–11:50 a.m. EDT      

Advanced Russian for Graduate Students (RUSS 6501 B)

12:00–12:50 p.m. EDT

Discourse, Stylistics, Method (RUSS 6512)

1:00–1:50 p.m. EDT

Master and Margarita (RUSS 6884)

2:00–2:50 p.m. EDT

Classic Soviet Cartoons & Songs (RUSS 6619)

3:00–3:50 p.m. EDT

Philosophy of Love in Russia (RUSS 6681)

4:00–4:50 p.m. EDT

Russia in Search of Identity (RUSS 6656)

5:00–5:50 p.m. EDT

Nikolai Gogol (RUSS 6621)

Additional Information

  • Electronic check-in and orientation sessions are scheduled prior to the start of classes.
  • Please see additional information on our Accepted Student website.
  • Levels and courses offered will be based on meeting course enrollments. Enrollment is capped to ensure high quality instruction. Please apply early to secure a spot. Should it become necessary to cancel a course/program or cap the enrollment, we will notify students and refund the deposit.

contact

Oliver Carling

Assistant Director, School of Russian

Office:
Sunderland Language Center 226