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a) 1. homework, 2. theatre, 3. novel, 4. walk, 5. museum, 6. cinema, 7. board The word: weekend
1. Simon is making a presentation about Stonehenge in his room. He likes history. He wants to become an archaeologist.
2. Where is Betty? — She is sleeping. What happened to her? She usually draws or watches TV in the afternoon. — She has fallen ill.
3. Angela often helps her mother in the kitchen. But today she is sitting in her room and browsing the Internet. She needs some information for her report.
4. Mr Brown walks in the park every morning, but it is cold and rainy today. Mr Brown hates bad weather. That’s why he is staying at home and reading his newspaper.
A: Last summer, Jane went to London with her class. They rode the London Eye, enjoyed the Science Museum and walked in Hyde Park. They took lots of pictures. Would you like to see her photos?
A: Have you been to his concert?
B: Not yet. But I was lucky last Monday.
I have bought the tickets for his next concert. Would you like to go with me?
A: With pleasure.
A: Julia, I phoned you yesterday.
B: Sorry, I missed it.
A: Did you stay at home?
B: No, I took my niece to the funfair. We went on rides and, then, had lunch in the cafe. It was such fun.
A: I see. I was to the funfair last weekend. And I liked it, too.
1. have to, 2. has to, 3. will have to, 4. had to, 5. have to, 6. had to
1. John, have you already washed your face? It’s time to have breakfast.
2. We went to the country at the weekend. The weather was fine and we had a good time there.
3. Have you got a book about Francis Drake?
— No, I haven’t. But you can take it in the library.
4. I think that Emma will like the sweets. She has a sweet tooth.
5. William has to / must take part in the competition. He plays tennis very well.
6. Sam doesn’t have to do his homework for Monday. He did it on Saturday.
1. What is Ireland famous for?
2. Where is the Giant’s Causeway situated?
3. Did Finn McCool live in Scotland? / Finn McCool lived in Scotland, didn’t he?
4. Why did Firm McCool start to build a bridge?
5. How many columns are there in the Giant’s Causeway?
6. Is the Giant’s Causeway popular with tourists? / The Giant’s Causeway is very popular with tourists, isn’t it?
a) a peaceful park, exotic reptiles, powerful species, endangered insects, rare animals, a famous book, curious tourists, a modern museum, a colourful magazine, a dangerous desert, useful souvenirs, special activities, amazing species, friendly birds, a smart vet, an unforgettable adventure
Chester Zoo is one of the most famous and largest UK zoos. It was opened in 1931 not far from the English town of Chester.
The zoo has plenty of animals, reptiles, birds and insects to see. In fact, there are more than 500 kinds of animals in Chester Zoo. Some of them belong to the most endangered species on the planet.
In Chester Zoo, visitors can watch the wildlife. The most popular attractions are “Butterfly Journey”, “Fruit Bat Forest” and “Elephants of the Asian Forests”.
Although Chester Zoo is home to rare animals from all over the world, it also has amazing children’s areas and lovely picnics lawns.
Chester Zoo is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.
1. People kill crocodiles for their skin which is used for making bags, belts and shoes.
2. More than half of the world’s species of plants and animals are in the rainforests which grow in South America and Asia.
3. A famous vet works at Chester Zoo which is famous for its rare animals.
4. This book about rare animals was written by Alice Wilson who is a director of the wildlife park.
5. On Sunday we can go to the Whipsnade wildlife park which is open all the year round.
6. Look at the photos of the polar bear! I know the photographer who works for the magazine “All About Animals”.
Do you like hedgehogs? We do. Yesterday we went to the Hedgehog Hospital at Prickly Ball Farm. We have learned lots about these funny animals. Here are some of our photos from the farm.
Your granny has two hedgehogs in her garden, doesn’t she? So she can leave some bread and pieces of sweet fruit for them at night.
On the farm, we also fed sheep and cows.
Look at the photo! Alice is riding a pony. Isn’t she funny?
In the afternoon, we enjoyed tasty cakes and tea in the Whole Hog Cafe. The visit was full of fun.
Have you ever been to Prickly Ball Farm?
Next time, we will (shall) invite you to join us.
From Alice and Ann
1. Where do polar bears live?
2. Is a polar bear an endangered animal? / A polar bear is an endangered animal, isn’t it?
3. How long do polar bears live?
4. Why was a polar bear the symbol of the Olympic Games in Canada?
5. What does a polar bear eat? / What do polar bears eat?
6. Are polar bears aggressive?
7. Why has the WWF announced 2013 the year of the polar bear?
a) 1. yoghurt (U/C), 2. juice (U), 3. butter (U), 4. strawberry (C), 5. porridge (U), 6. bread (U), 7. pudding(U), 8. egg (C), 9. apricot (C)
tourist, juice, sausage, pleasant, biscuit, takeaway, yoghurt, breakfast, various, hamburger, meal, delicious, restaurant, instead
a) a box of chocolates (biscuits), a slice of bacon (cheese), a cup of tea (coffee, milk, water, juice), a glass of milk (water, apple juice, Coke), a piece of cheese (bread, cake, pizza), a bottle of Coke (mineral water, apple juice)
1. A glass of orange juice, please.
2. When I came into the room, there was a big red apple, an orange and some apricots on the plate.
3. Would you like some apple juice? — Yes, please.
4. The lady always has some chocolate cakes and a cup of tea in the late afternoon.
5. Could you buy some milk and two strawberry yoghurts for Alice?
6. In the magazine, you can find an easy salad recipe, which you can try at home!
Everybody knows that the British like tea. Tea is more than just a drink to them — it is a way of life. Many people drink it with breakfast, then mid-morning, with lunch, at tea-time (around five o’clock), with dinner and finally just before bed.
For centuries now, tea has been the national drink of Great Britain. Tea has worked its way into the language too. Nowadays, people have “tea breaks” at work, even if they drink coffee or Cola. Many people call the main evening meal “tea”, even if they drink juice or mineral water with it. When someone is unhappy or sad, the British say they need tea and sympathy. In fact, tea is the best treatment for all sorts of problems and troubles instead of pills and tablets.
— Hello! Can I have a cheese cake, please?
— Anything to drink?
— A cup of tea, please.
— Would you like green or black?
— It’s a nice cafe, isn’t it?
— Yes, we like eating here.
— Can you recommend anything?
— They have a tasty pizza. You can also try chicken and chips if you are hungry.
— OK, I’ll try the pizza. And some ice cream.
— And I’ll take chicken and chips and a glass of orange juice.
Have you ever heard about Jamie Oliver? Jamie Oliver is a creative and energetic person, full of unusual ideas and various projects.
He is one of the most famous cooks in Britain.
He was born in 1975 in England. In his childhood he got interested in cooking. He began working in his parents’ pub at the age of eight. Jamie cut vegetables.
His first TV cooking show appeared in 1999. Now, his TV programmes and cookery books are very popular all over the world. Jamie Oliver teaches people to cook at home instead of getting a takeaway or going to a restaurant.
Jamie Oliver also has different projects.
One of them is a school project called “Feed Me Better.” Jamie does not want students to eat junk food for lunches. So he helps school cooks to make healthy food for the children.
a) 1. Mathematics — c), 2. Science — a), 3. History — d), 4. French — f), 5. Geography — b), 6. Art — e)
a) (to) join (a) school club, (to) wear a school uniform, (to) learn (a) foreign language, (to) do (a) project, (to) use (a) dictionary, (to) follow school rules
1. A: You have 10 minutes to do this task. Any questions?
B: Could I use a dictionary? There are some new words in the text.
2. After classes you can play tennis or practise dance steps, swim in the new swimming pool, or play the guitar. Just join any school club you like!
3. In most schools, students have to wear a school uniform. On the one hand, it’s nice because you don’t have to think about what to put on in the morning. However, on the other hand, it’s boring to have it on all year round.
4. In September, my friends and I decided to do a project on our hometown. We have to look through many historical documents and make a lot of photos.
5. “I’m sorry, I’m late.” — “It’s the third time this week. You have to follow school rules and come to classes on time.”
a) peaceful countryside, a successful plan, a wonderful underwater garden, colourful flags, a peaceful park, a beautiful rose, a useful rule, a careful answer
b) an art exhibition, modern communication, protection of wildlife, a big celebration, clear description, space exploration, careful preparation, secondary education
1b, 2c, 3a, 4c, 5a, 6a, 7b, 8a, 9c, 10b
1. with, 2. on, 3. of, 4. at, 5. for, 6. of
Nowadays, learning languages is becoming a popular hobby. Our summer school has opened to students who want to improve their English.
The first lesson starts at 9.00 a.m. Our students discuss different topics, act out little plays, and learn the most interesting facts about English history. After lunch, children do projects on British traditions and places of interest. Last year, some of our students took part in a school trip to Ireland and the Isle of Man.
There are plenty of activities which students can choose after the lessons: sports games on the sports ground, music performances, disco and so on. If you don’t like sport or dancing, you can join one of our clubs. Our school also has various school events: music concerts, festivals and school trips. Next weekend, we will (shall) go camping in Wales. We are happy to see you in our school!
1. Fraser lived in a huge and dark cave in Scotland.
2. No, he didn’t. Frazer didn’t have any friends.
3. His hobby was cooking and baking. He was a good cook.
4. On the 23rd of December Frazer baked Christmas sweeties.
5. Fraser put Christmas sweeties in his big brown bag. He wanted to give sweet Christmas presents to the animals of the valley.
6. Fraser saw Carly, the highland cow, first.
7. Fraser hung his Christmas present on Garly’s long horn.
8. Fraser found Siobhan, the highland sheep, in a meadow filled with wildflowers.
9. Fraser put his Christmas present down on Siobhan’s wool and then ran back into the woods.
1. To make matters worse, Fraser didn’t have any friends.
2. He was quite a good cook too.
3. Even though none of the animals ever spoke to him, he enjoyed being nice to everyone.
5. Fraser was a big dragon and he had to be careful that his sharp horns didn’t bump into the tree branches. He had to watch out for his long tail too. Sometimes it knocked over bushes or bumped into rocks.
Fraser — a fairytale dragon
Carly — a highland cow
Siobhan — a highland sheep
Rabbie — a raccoon
Harry — a hedgehog
Gillian — a grouse
1. Fraser decided to give presents to the other animals.
2. Rabbie slept in an oak tree.
3. Fraser bumped into a branch with his horn.
4. Harry slept under a bush.
5. Fraser nearly hurt a hedgehog.
6. Fraser carried a black bag with presents.
7. Gillian saw a purple dragon.
8. Gillian was frozen with fear.
9. Fraser giggled with joy.
10. Fraser was cold all night.
1. False. Fraser nearly bumped into a branch with his horn. He didn’t wake up the raccoon.
3. False. Fraser nearly heart the hedgehog as he went through the forest. He didn’t even wake up the hedgehog.
4. False. Harry, the hedgehog, was sleeping when Fraser put the present down in the bush.
5. False. Gillian was frightened.
7. False. There was a tag: “Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! Here are some sweets from your secret friend!”
— Gillian sat frozen when she saw Fraser because she was afraid of the dragon, (b)
— Fraser put his presents next to the sleeping animals because he wanted to make a Christmas surprise for them, (b)
1. Gillian, 2. Siobhan, 3. Siobhan, 4. Harry, 5. Fraser, 6. Fraser
1c, 2a, 3d, 4b, 5f, 6e
1. The animals discussed their delicious Christmas presents.
2. They took wool from the sheep and made a warm blanket.
3. The animals found a pine tree and decorated it with nuts and berries.
4. Fraser went out of the cave and saw a present and a Christmas tree.
5. He cooked a Christmas meal in the cave.
6. The guests spent the whole day in Fraser’s cave.
7. The dragon found some real friends.
Test yourself 3
a) (to) watch the wildlife, (to) fall asleep, (to) join a club, (to) go on rides, (to) play board games, (to) save the animals
1. When it is cold and windy, they stay at home and play board games. Sam is always lucky in Monopoly but Ann prefers Scrabble.
2. The park has great fun for children and teenagers. They can go on rides or enjoy other amazing activities.
3. Do you like to draw or to dance, to play chess or tennis? Then you can join a club any time during the school year.
4. Another way to learn more about nature is to watch the wildlife. You can do it everywhere: at the zoo, in the country or even in the centre of the city.
5. “I’m so tired that I could fall asleep sitting on my chair,” Emma said in a quiet voice.
Sydney Wildlife World is an Australian zoo. Although it was opened in 2006, the zoo has become famous all over the world.
The Australian zoo consists of 10 parts where visitors can see different kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and insects. In fact, there are more than 6,000 creatures in the zoo. Some of them belong to the most endangered species on the planet.
In Sydney Wildlife World visitors can watch kangaroos, touch a snake, make friends with koala bears and meet Rex, who is the biggest salt water crocodile in captivity in the world.
There is always something happening in zoo — exhibitions, shows, festivals. Visitors can take part in various activities and have a lot of fun.
Sydney Wildlife World is open every day except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
1. When does the zoo open?
2. Where did the children play with koala bears?
3. What will visitors see next summer?
4. Why has Jim taken some photos of swans?
5. How many animals are there in the zoo?
1c, 2a, 3b, 4c, 5a, 6b, 7c, 8b
1. He has a sore throat, so he will have to go to the doctor tomorrow.
2. The children don’t have to get up early now. It’s summer.
3. I have already watered the plants, you won't have to water them in the evening.
4. The students have to do a lot of homework every day. They are going to have a test in a week.
5. My grandma has to wear glasses. She can’t see well.
6. “Let’s plant the flowers now, so we won’t have to do it tomorrow.”
Test yourself 4
1. How many potatoes do you need for your salad? — Two or three.
2. Have we got any jam? — Yes, your favourite jam is in the kitchen.
3. Can I have some coffee? — Yes, here you are.
4. How much does it cost? — 30 pounds.
5. Are there any apples in the fridge? — Yes, there are some.
6. Can you buy some biscuits? — Yes, of course. Anything else?
Ratatouille is a traditional French dish which consists of different vegetables.
However, in 2008, a new Ratatouille appeared. It was an American cartoon which has become popular all over the world.
The main character of the cartoon is Remi, a nice smart rat. He likes cooking and knows plenty of recipes. He can cook various dishes.
Although people don’t usually like rats, Remi makes friends with a young man who works in a French restaurant. Remi teaches his new friend how to cook delicious dishes. Their dishes are a success and the two friends start a new restaurant Ratatouille. Would you like to visit their restaurant and try one of their famous dishes — Ratatouille?
1b, 2c, 3a, 4c, 5b, 6b, 7c
Thank you for your letter. It was nice to learn about your school and your classmates. As for my school, it’s a big secondary school.
Last year my family moved to London because of my father’s job. I wasn’t very happy about going to a new school. However, very soon I made new friends and liked the school.
When the classes are over, we are busy too. The teachers encourage the students to take part in various clubs. I have joined the photography and chess clubs recently. Next term, our school theatre group will put on “Tom Sawyer”.
We have various school events every month. A week ago we had a Sports Day. Unfortunately, Philip and I did not take part in the competitions. We were ill.
What school events do you have? What are your favourite subjects?
Write back soon.
1. Where do they have lunch?
2. When did the students go camping?
3. What is Mr Smith explaining?
4. Why are the students happy?
5. What club have the friends joined?
6. Who has never been to the wildlife park?
Examination/credit test (2 double periods)
40 minutes preparation – reading text
15 minutes presentation
5 minutes analysisNOTES
According to the Communicative Approach we are including grammar part for self-study, but from the experience of our educational system we strongly recommend a specific attention on a grammar approach in a cognitive way. Here are some points to support it:
Huge difference between grammar structures of Russian and English (different branches);
Multileveled groups (from beginners to intermediate);
Low level of English at school (especially grammar skills);
Lack of practice.
Sometimes (11%), Russian is not a mother language for learners (multinational country), so it takes more efforts to get the purpose – students have to do double transfer (via their mother tongue).Unit I EDUCATION SYSTEM IN RUSSIA AND ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES Lesson 1
Ask students to give synonyms or close meanings of the following words and word combinations and to try to pronounce them correctly:
Secondary school – a school for pupils aged from 6-7 to 17-18.
Private school– a school providing education that the children’s parents pay for directly.
Higher education – the education, which you get after secondary.
Natural science - sciences that deal with the physical world, considered as a group or as individual subjects such as physics, chemistry, or biology.
Total number – general quantity.
Entrant – someone who enters the competition or examination.
Entrance exam – exam which you need to pass before to be accepted by some school.
To pay for tuition – teaching cost.
Non-government – something, which doesn’t belong to the government.
Applicant – someone who applies for something.
Graduate – someone who has finished their studies at university or college, usually by getting a degree.
Employers – a company or a person that employs people.
Link – a connection between two people, places or facts.
Macmillan Essential Dictionary, International Student Edition
This is the building of MGU (Moscow State University), one of the greatest educational centres in Russia. It is situated in Moscow.MGU was founded in 1755 by Michael Lomonosov.
I. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.
Free education in Russia is the most common; there also exist. schools and universities which charge tuition fees. (non-government)
Gymnasium is a kind of secondary school which concentrates mainly on the (humanities).
The competition for entering universities is very……… (tough).
II. Match the words and their definitions given below:
curriculum; tuition fee; applicant; fresher; department; graduate from; employers; term; scholarship; a graduate.
person who wants to be a student – applicant;
payments for teaching – tuition fee;
successfully complete an academic course – graduate from;
one of the periods into which the academic year is divided – term;
person who gives work, usually for payment – employer;
course of study in a school, college, etc.- curriculum;
yearly grant given to a student to continue his study – scholarship;
person who has completed the course at an educational institution – a graduate;
one of several divisions of a university – department;
first-year student – fresher.
III. Answer the following questions and be ready to discuss the main ideas of the topic:
Is education at Russian schools and universities free?
Is there also a fee-paying-form of education at government universities?
What is the difference between a gymnasium and an ordinary school?
Why is the competition so tough at government universities as compared with private ones?
Has the number of students in Russia been increasing lately?
How do students who graduate from universities find jobs?
IV. Retell briefly about education in Russia.
Remind the students to ask indirect questions if they want to use these phrases. We advice to give the opportunity to speak to all students of all levels: if the level is weak, the students may use ready phrases given before; and to encourage the students who can speak, to give them more freedom to create their own dialogues – logical and real to life!
This task helps to develop students’ writing skills and also speaking skills on the topic about their study.
Write a letter to your penfriend about yourself and your study at the University following this scheme:
1) Your name, age; 2) the name of your University; 3) the date of its foundation; 4) its faculties; 5) the faculty you are in; 6) the subjects you study; 7) your success in studies; 8) exams; 9) whether you get a grant or not; 10) the place you live in.
Do revision test.Lesson 2
The lesson plan
Introduction (10 min)
Lexical exercises. Active vocabulary (15 min)
The homework assignment aimed to give students "an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy."
"Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic. In the space below, try copying it by hand. This should give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy."
The illustrative classical Arabic phrase was the basic statement in Islam. It translated to: "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah."Angry calls
When students took it home, it was like a spark hitting a powder keg. Some of their parents saw the homework as an attempt to convert their children to Islam.
Calls and emails flooded the school. Some of them demanded the teacher be fired for assigning it.
Cheryl LaPorte had not designed the assignment herself, but took it from a standard workbook on world religions, local newspaper The News Leader reported.
LaPorte told The News Leader that now her job is to get her students through Standards of Learning tests.No more shahada
The county school system reacted.
It removed the shahada from world religion instruction. "A different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future," it said.
And it issued a statement saying no one was trying to convert anyone to any religion.
"Neither of these lessons, nor any other lessons in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief," Augusta County Schools official Eric Bond said in a statement to CNN affiliate WHSV.Not enough
But that hasn't been enough for Kimberly Herndon, who kept her ninth-grade son home from school.
"There was no trying about it. The sheet she gave out was pure doctrine in its origin," she told WHSV.
"I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian," she said.
By Tuesday, like-minded parents and residents of the town of nearly 24,000 gathered in the sanctuary of Good Will Ministries to voice their grievances, including against the teacher.
"I'm against anyone getting steamrolled by convoluted logic and I'm very pleased to see that there is so many people around me that feel the same way," a supporter wrote.Security scramble
Back at the school, the sheriff and administrators had begun worrying about security.
On Monday, Augusta County issued a letter reassuring parents that schools in the county were safe. It did not refer to the homework assignment but did say that parents had become worried about security.
"All doors are locked with the exception of one front door. Faculty and staff monitor all activities inside and out of the buildings." Standard security procedures, the letter explained.
But as the week went on, officials got more specific about the source of concern -- calls and email messages -- and their target -- the world geography class.
"The school division began receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area," the school system said. And the "tone and content" were nasty.
The sheriff deployed more officers to county schools and began monitoring communications. Then all the schools in the county shut down.Facebook arguments
The homework assignment in Staunton had ballooned into a national argument that was trending on Facebook.
Both sides dished out hard -- those who see the assignment as an affront to their religious beliefs and those who see it as a mind-broadening education assignment.
"This is so WRONG! There is only ONE GOD and HIS NAME is JESUS!" one user posted.
"You THINK ignorance is a GOOD thing. Heaven forbid we should learn about other cultures when .03% of them are terrorists -- while more than 99% are good, honest, moral people," posted another.
As passions overflow, for fear of their potential effects, Augusta County Schools will remain shuttered over the weekend for all activities.
CNN's Rashard Rose contributed to this report.
College of Liberal Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Elementary Russian 101: First-Semester Russian
My name isLeslee Poulton.I want your experience with Russian to be a good one. This information sheet has been prepared to outline what you can expect (and what will be expected of you) during this semester.
RUS101- ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN I (4 credits)
Class hours: MTWH -12:00 -12:55 P.M. Classroom: 104 Wing
Instructor: Leslee Poulton
Office: 315 I Graff Main Hall Phone: (608)785-8316, (608)783-6758 (H)
Mailbox: 315 Graff Main Hall
Office hours: Tues. 1:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.; Wed. 2:15-3:30 p.m. and by appointment (Appointments are strongly recommended) [Other times depending on availability]
Course Goals and Policies
To establish a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the Russian Language through the development of basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and to foster interest in the language and culture of Russia.Welcome to first-semester Russian! After successfully completing this course students will be able to:
Required and Optional Text
You are expected to bring both your Textbook and Workbook to class every day!
**Also, please buy a packet of 5X7 blank cards. Various exercises in class will require the use of note cards.
***To practice writing, I suggest purchasing a child’s writing tablet (available at educational stores. If you do not want to make this purchase, take blank paper and write in lines as follows:
The Russian’s World: Life and Language (3rd, Corrected Edition, 2001). Genevra Gerhart(Available at the University Textbook Rental).
Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary
Tests and Quizzes: Note carefully the dates for quizzes, dictations, tests and the final examination as listed on this syllabus. There will be no make up quizzes, dictations or tests. If you miss a quiz, dictation, test or exam without a valid excuse (illness, family emergency), you will receive a zero for this test. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor of your absence BEFORE the scheduled test.The Final Examination will be 2 hours in length and will consist of the same kinds of activities and tasks represented on the lesson tests. The final exam for this course will be at a date, time and location determined on your campus in accordance with campus requirements. Please, check with me and course facilitator in Oshkosh or Stevens Point regarding this matter later. Department policies do not allow for an “early make-up”. If you have 3 finals within 24 hours or if you are taking another course with a final at the same time, you may elect to take the Russian final at a later time.
Oral Exams: You can expect 2 oral examinations in this course. Both oral exams will consist of a phonetics component (reading from a familiar text with stress marks indicated) and communication component (similar to those in your textbook). More detailed information will be provided in advance of each oral exam.
^ The Culture Assignment consists of a 5-7 minute and 2-3 paper (in English) with audio and/or visual displays on a topic dealing with some aspects of Russian culture, history, politics, etc. I will provide separate handout with additional details on it. Culture assignment presentation must be based on some reading, listening or viewing of texts by or about Russians. More information about the culture assignment is provided below in Course Grade Section.
^ Web tasks, CD-ROM tasks and other bonus activities will be distributed by e-mail once every two-three weeks or announced in class. You will need to send your answer for the bonus task to me by the deadline indicated.
Attendance: Since proficiency is acquired only through regular and active contact with the target language, you are expected to attend class on a daily basis. Even on those days when you are not prepared, come to class and participate/listen. You will learn quite a bit. I will take attendance daily. Students are allowed 4 “free” absences. For every absence after the third, the class participation grade will be reduced by 5 points. Lateness will be penalized in the class participation grade in accordance with the degree of lateness (the amount of the class missed). In addition, for every 10 absences, your course grade will be lowered by one letter grade (e.g. from BC to C or from D to F). If you miss one day every week, you will wind up with more than 10 absences and your grade will be reduced accordingly. Before the course grade is reduced for 10 absences, students will still forfeit large chunks of the class participation and homework grades for missing the corresponding number of classes.It is your responsibility to keep track of your absences to know when you are in danger of incurring the 10-absence penalty. Keep track of your own absences on the student record sheet so you can monitor grades for the course.
^ I encourage you to attend class regularly, come on time to class, and be prepared to participate in class activities!
Policy on Religious Holidays: If you will be observing any religious holidays this semester which will prevent you from attending a regularly scheduled class or interfere with fulfilling any course requirement, I will offer you an opportunity to make up the class or course requirement if you make arrangements by informing me of the dates of your religious holidays within two weeks of the beginning of the semester (or three days before any holidays which fall within the first two weeks of class).
Homework is due at the beginning of each class (not after class, not in my office). No late homework will be accepted without a legitimate excuse (e.g. illness). If you know that you will have to miss class on a particular date, submit your homework assignment in advance and you will still receive the homework points for that day as well as one (1) class participation point for that day.
Homework Expectations: You can expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours of time on homework for every hour in class. If you write your homework on separate sheets of paper, I would like you to copy entire sentences, not just what goes in the blanks. Write on one side of sheet only .
This course entails regular work with Listening Comprehension Audio CD Program to accompany Nachalo Textbook and Audio CDProgram which is coordinated with the Lab Manual , and which you can use in the language lab (on the third floor of Graff Main Hall in La Crosse) or at home. You can expect to spend about three hours a week on Lab Work. The information about Language Lab hours will be provided later.
Handouts will be provided throughout the semester and distributed by me and course facilitators in Oshkosh and Stevens Point.
I recommend purchasing a binder to hold notes, assorted handouts, tests, etc.
Late Policy for Assignments
All assignments are due on the date assigned. But late policy applies to “mini-compositions”. It is not acceptable to notify me that a composition is not ready on the day it is due. If the assignment is late, the following points will be subtracted from the total:
25 % off score if 1 day late
50 % off score if 2 days late
75 % off score if 3 days late
Student receives 0 points if more than 3 days late (i.e. – assignment will not be accepted)
Each case will be evaluated individually. Exceptions to this policy will only be made for extreme circumstances, which require official written documentation.
Late papers should be put in my mailbox in the department office and handed in to course facilitators in Oshkosh and Stevens Point. Late papers must be initialed and dated by a department member before being left in my mailbox; otherwise I will assume they were submitted on the date and at the time I picked them up.
Students are encouraged to meet with me or course facilitator – either by phone, email or in-person to discuss any aspect of the course.
Policy on Incomplete Grades:
Incomplete grades are awarded only because of illness or other unusual circumstances BEYOND THE STUDENT”S CONTROL. The student must submit official evidence and discuss the situation with the instructor. The student must then obtain and complete the UW-La Crosse Incomplete Grade Record form and submit it to the instructor for approval.All the arrangements for receiving an incomplete grade must be completed by 12/11/03. Failure to remove the incomplete will result in a grade of “F” being recorded on the student’s record unless otherwise noted under “Approvals and Conditions” on the UW-La Crosse Incomplete Grade Record form.
Policy on Returning Student Work:
Papers developed by the students will be returned in class. If the student is absent when the work is returned, it is his/her responsibility to pick it up at my office. ^ Work that has not been picked up by 3/18/03 will be discarded.
Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, or hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact me and the Disability Resource Services Office (165 Murphy Library) at the beginning of the semester.
Good study habits are the key to effective language learning. If you do your work every day and do not fall behind, your study of Russian will progress smoothly. If you are having trouble with a particular grammar point or the like, please ask me about it. I will also be happy to help you after class or during office hours. I would like to emphasize the importance of keeping up with the homework.
The course grade for this course will be determined according the following formula:
Class Participation 15 %
Lesson Tests 25%
Final Examination 20 %
Oral Examinations 15 %
* As you can see from weight given class participation and homework in the course grade, attendance is very important to your success in learning Russian.
* ^ Homework Exercises will be graded according to the following scale:
5 points Submitted on time and completed with good effort, at least 80 % correct
4 points Submitted on time, less than 80 % correct, more than 50 % correct
3 points Submitted on time, but less than 50 % correct
0 points Not submitted
The lowest 3 grades for homework will be eliminated in the grading process. The semester grade for homework will be the percentage of total homework points earned (out of the total homework points possible).
* ^ The Quiz Grade will consist of the average of all dictations, vocabulary quizzes, and other ‘mini-quizzes”, “mini-compositions”, dictations announced by me.
* Web tasks, CD-ROM tasks and other bonus activities will be counted as a two extra credit points (per task) towards homework points.
* Up to 25 extra credit points will be granted for watching a Russian movie or for participating in extra-curricular Russian conversations .
1 movie per semester 10 pts.
Each meeting 5 pts
Letter grades for the entire course will be assigned as follows:
La Crosse campus: Oshkosh and Stevens Point
92.5 % and higher = A 92.5 5 and higher = A
87.5 % - 92.49 % = AB 90 % - 92.49 % = A-
82.5 % - 87.49 % = B 87.5 % - 89.99 % = B+
77.5 % - 82.49 % = BC 82.5 % - 87.49 % = B
70 % - 77.49 % = C 80 % - 82.49 % = B-
60% - 69.99 % = D 77.5 % - 79/99 % = C+
59.99 % and lower = F 70 % - 77.49 % = C
59.99 % and lower = F