Russian

Yale-NUS offers various courses in the Russian Programme. For specific questions about the courses, please contact the relevant faculty. There are many reasons to study Russian. Some students take it to connect with their roots or to be able to converse with their relatives while others study it in order to conduct research for their capstone projects. Whatever your reason may be, Russian is a fascinating language with a rich tradition and cultural legacy. Furthermore, you already know some Russian words: artist, radio, metro, task, and biznes!

Russian language classes at Yale-NUS College are offered via our partnership with the Yale Center for Language Study.

As an example of what you can achieve with the language, refer to this final project by students in Beginning Russian 1.

Faculty

Courses

For a list of courses taught this coming semester, please visit the OurCORS site. For a complete list of Russian language courses, see below.

YIL1201R Directed Language Study: Beginning Russian 1

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): None

Beginning Russian 1 is designed to help students develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Russian as well as to expand their cultural competency. Since all linguistic skills cannot be fully developed in just one semester, stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which will be developed and reinforced in subsequent modules.

The course will be conducted in Russian via teleconference from Yale.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Live From Russia: Russian Stage One (Vol. 1) Textbook and Workbook Lekic et al. Kendall Hunt Publishing 978-0757552014

YIL1202R Directed Language Study: Beginning Russian 2

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): YIL1201R Directed Language Study: Beginning Russian 1 or with permission of the Language Coordinator

Beginning Russian 2 is a continuation of Beginning Russian 1 and builds upon what students learned in their first semester. It is designed to help students expand their basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Italian as well as to deepen their cultural competency. Stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which will be developed and reinforced in subsequent modules.

The course will be conducted in Italian via teleconference from Yale.

Textbook:

Live From Russia: Russian Stage One (Vol. 2) Textbook and Workbook ACTR Kendall Hunt Publishing 978-0757558412

YIL2201R Directed Language Study: Intermediate Russian 1

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): YIL1202R Directed Language Study: Beginning Russian 2 or with permission of the Language Coordinator

Intermediate Russian 1 is designed to increase students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and overall comprehension of the language. This module is aimed at students who have completed the beginning sequence or have had significant experience with the language. It offers a combination of listening and speaking practice with a review of key concepts of Russian grammar via targeted reading and writing activities.  This module continues to incorporate cultural elements through representative readings and films.

The course will be conducted in Russian via teleconference from Yale.

YIL2202R Directed Language Study: Intermediate Russian 1

Instructor(s): TBA

Pre-requisite(s): YIL2201R Directed Language Study: Intermediate Russian 1 or with permission of the Language Coordinator

Intermediate Russian 2 is designed to increase students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and overall comprehension of the language. This module is aimed at students who have completed the beginning sequence or have had significant experience with the language. It offers a combination of listening and speaking practice with a review of key concepts of Russian grammar via targeted reading and writing activities.  This module continues to incorporate cultural elements through representative readings and films.

The course will be conducted in Russian via teleconference from Yale.


Textbooks

For course-specific textbooks, click on the course description above. For a complete list of course textbooks, please visit the textbook website.

Learning Goals

By completing the Russian language sequence, students will be able to:

  • Understand main ideas in a variety of conversational settings
  • Read complex texts, from different genres and of different lengths
  • Speak fluently and clearly in the target language

Resources