Russian Language Through Culture and History. Phonetic Aspects of Russian Language
This conversation course is designed for students who speak Russian at an advanced level and is aimed at the intensive immersion of students in the language environment through reading, viewing, and subsequent discussion of materials on historical and literary topics. The goal of the course is to expand vocabulary and develop the communicative competence of students to a level that allows them to communicate freely on topics related to the history and culture of Russia, as well as current issues facing Russian society. Texts of Russian classical and modern literature, excerpts from films, texts of a cultural and historical nature are used as course materials. In the classroom, students will have the opportunity to develop the ability to participate in debates and discussions in Russian, as well as to make presentations on topics related to the history or culture of Russia. Students will master the constructions of the Russian language, which are necessary for presentations and discussions (for example, constructions for formulating a research problem, comparing and contrasting facts, making generalizations, etc.), and also become acquainted with a culturally marked layer of vocabulary related to the history of Russia or reflecting the Russian linguistic picture of the world (including idioms). Classes are conducted using interactive methods, as well as techniques of liberal education, including the critical reading of texts, creative writing, active participation of students in various kinds of discussions, etc. In parallel with speaking practice, students will improve their listening and pronunciation skills, expanding their understanding of the phonological system. The assimilation and consolidation of the material is facilitated by exercises for composing texts, transcribing texts, writing phonetic dictations for auditory training, working with video and audio materials, and recording speech on a dictaphone. Upon completion of the course, it is expected that students will be able to minimize their accent, develop fluency and expressive reading skills, improve their ability to correctly formulate final and non-finite syntagmas of a sentence, recognize statements with the same lexical composition, but different intonation structure and adequately respond to them in a communicative situation. Also, students will be able to independently interpret the intonation of texts of different styles without a sample.