Conversational Practice and Essay Writing. Phonetic Basics in Russia
This course in conversational practice is designed for foreign students who speak Russian at an elementary level and includes conversational topics pertaining to everyday life. Students will become acquainted with Russian life as well as topics on the culture and history of St. Petersburg, Moscow, and other Russian cities. In classes, students will learn to conduct a dialogue based on material read, viewed, or listened to; perform lexical and grammatical exercises and communicative exercises; make small audio and video presentations; develop essay writing skills including the use of practices of liberal education, in particular, reflective writing. In practical phonetic lessons, basic information about the phonological aspect of the language is provided, and articulatory and auditory skills are developed at the level of sound, syllable, phonetic word and a whole sentence. During classes, exercises are conducted on transcription, listening to authentic audio recordings, tongue twisters, composing mini-dialogues, and writing phonetic dictations. Students learn to hear and correct their pronunciation to achieve the automation of continuous and correct articulation, and control themselves with the help of a dictaphone. It is expected that by the end of the semester, students will be able to utilize new vocabulary and introduce it into their everyday communication, reasonably defend their point of view, ask questions correctly, coherently respond to their interlocutor's remarks, compose written texts on various topics, improve their cultural literacy, conduct communication in Russian, and formalize speech at the phonetic level without significant mistakes.