Conversational Russian

I.     Course Prefix/Number: RUS 105

       Course Name: Conversational Russian

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

RUS 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides conversational practice in Russian to develop oral facility. Course content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, stress and rhythm and encourages vocabulary development. Oral presentations and class discussion of life in Russia are included.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To build student competence in speaking Russian.
  2. To assess pronunciation and intonation.
  3. To provide opportunities to use the Russian language in real-life situations.
  4. To specify the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Russian.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to course policies and procedures.
  2. Getting to know people
  3. At the airport. How to meet others and ask for information.
  4. How to ask and give directions.
  5. How to ask for help.
  6. How to ask for and give information.
  7. At a restaurant.  How to select and order food.
  8. Mid-term Presentations
  9. At a store.  How to ask for information.
  10. Traveling and sightseeing.  How to make plans.  
  11. Final Presentations/Oral Reading Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work will be organized functionally; that is, it will deal with the tasks or functions that will form the basis of spoken communication.  Class time will be used to practice using Russian in order to express the kinds of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations.  Students’ suggestions for use of class time will be incorporated throughout the semester.  Prepared group and individual oral reports and improvised talks will also be used.  Students will work at home with a tape of authentic conversations coordinated with the assigned topics.  A video series will be used in class for comprehension and oral practice.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Class maybe taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Regular class attendance!  Obviously, this is a participation class, so student presence and active involvement with the class activities are obligatory.  Students will prepare the assigned text pages prior to each class so they will feel comfortable in the situations played out in class.  Grammar will not be taught in this class and will be only reviewed if needed.  Throughout the semester students will be involved in a variety of group activities.  There are no written exams.  At mid-semester, students will take an oral reading exam to demonstrate accuracy of pronunciation.  As a final exam, students will participate in an assigned role-playing exercise.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  • Learn Russian the fast and fun way: the activity kit that makes learning a language quick and easy! by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr.  Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 1993.
  • Getting by in Russian (Includes book and two 60-min. cassettes)/ by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr.  Second Edition.  Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 1997.
  • A Russian/English dictionary of your choice.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Each student will receive at mid-semester a progress report based on attendance, participation, preparation for class, and special assignments.  The final grade will be computed according to a point system which accounts for all of these elements.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.