Russian Program

Intensive Beginning Russian

Location: Boston, MA

Dates: May – June 2015

This course is a superintensive 8-credit program in Russian, equivalent to two semesters of first-year college Russian. It is for those with no prior experience in the language. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of Russian grammar, writing and pronunciation, and Russian culture. By the end of just six weeks students will be able to talk about themselves and their family and friends, seek information about others, and describe objects and locations orally and in writing.  Students will also be introduced to important elements of Russian culture that will help them navigate a variety of social contexts successfully.

Why study Russian?

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  • The greatness of Russian literature both in a national and a comparative context. The opportunity to experience the prose of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov or the poetry of Pushkin, Tiutchev, Mandelshtam or Tsvetaeva in their original language. A comparative study of, say, the novel or of modern theatre is inconceivable without attention to the Russian novel or to Chekhov’s plays respectively.
  • The uncertain future of Russian-American relations and the challenges that this presents.
  • The unlimited commercial opportunities emerging from the expanding Russian economy. All the Western firms which now do business in Russia as well as the newly established Russian firms which do business with the West (and indeed with everyone) have created numerous job opportunities for those with multiple language skills.
  • The numerous job opportunities in such government bodies as the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Justice Department, and the various defense and intelligence agencies.
  • The applicability of Russian to the development of information technology.
  • The Russian legacy in all the arts: music, ballet, painting and architecture. The chance to study Russian music, ballet or art and architecture on locale in Russia.
  • Russian culture’s evolving self-definition regarding its connectedness to East and West.
  • The geographical vastness and continuing strategic importance of Russia from the days of tsarism and the Romanovs thru the Soviet Union of Stalin and Khruschev to the present Russian Federation of Putin.
  • Two facts: Russian is the eighth most widely spoken native language on the planet (145 million first speakers). In addition, a staggering 110 million people speak Russian as a second language.

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