Intermediate Russian II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: RUS 202

       Course Name: Intermediate Russian II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

RUS 201 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues Russian 201. Content includes expanding knowledge of Russian grammar and Soviet culture though practice in reading, writing and speaking the language.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Russian, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Russian culture through written and aural class work.
  3. To demonstrate spoken Russian in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. To use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write complex sentences within the context of what has been studied.

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 1 Chapter 1: Weather and Travel
Talking about Feelings: Subject less Constructions
Orthodoxy, Islam and other faiths in Russia
2 Time Expressions Continued
Special Prepositional Endings
The Primacy of Literature in Russian Culture
Reading: Pushkin and Lermontov
3 2 Chapter 2: On the Telephone
Cardinal Numbers/Expressing Ability
The Changing Political Nature of Russia
Reading: Gogol and Tolstoy
4 Short Form Adjectives
Review and Expansion of Verbal Conjugation
Russian Film: The Irony of Fate
The “Near” Abroad: Russia’s Relationship with her neighbors- Past and Present
5 3 Chapter 3: Urban Russia
Directions, Locations and Getting Around
Russian Film Continued
The “Far” Abroad: Russia and the World
Exam #1
6 Verbs of Motion Continued
Forming and Using the Imperative
Westernizers Vs. Slavophiles: The Ancient And Continuing Debate
Reading: Dostoyevsky
7 4 Chapter 4: Lodgings
Genitive Plurals Continued
Animates in Russian
Russian Poetry and Drama
Reading: Chekhov, The Romantics and The Futurists
8 5 Prefixed Verbs of Motion
Chapter 5: Movies and TV
Liking Vs. Loving
Expressing Need
Soviet-to-Russian Cinema
Watching the Classics: Sergei Eisenstein
9 6 Chapter 6: Books and Literature
Subjunctive Clauses
Something, Nothing and Anything
20th Century Russian Literature: Communism and its Discontents
Reading: Bulgakov, Axmatova and the Soviet Realists
Exam #2
10 7 The Odd Case of the Declension of Last Names in Russian
Chapter 7: How to Spend Your Free Time
Activity Verbs
The Difference Between Playing a Sport and Playing an Instrument
The Importance of Sport in the Russian Identity
11 Teaching and Learning Verbs
Instrumental Case Continued
The Enduring Cultural Icons of Russian: From Tolstoy to Pugacheva
12 8 Chapter 8: The Internet
Everything Vs. Everyone
Tech: The Ways of the Russian Internet
13 Discussing Health and Explaining Symptoms
Expressing Desires and Making Requests
The Russian Healthcare System
The Dystopian Works
Reading: Zamyatin and Voynovich
14 Comprehensive Overview of Russian Grammar
Moving to the Modern
Reading: Pelevin
15 Continued Review Oral Exam
16 Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

There will be a mix of independent preparation and a variety of classroom activities.  Students are assigned segments of the text to prepare prior to class.  Oral exercises, oral reading, in-class writing, and role-playing are representative classroom activities. 
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
  1. Attend class regularly.
  2. Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section V.
  3. Accompanying listening and written exercises in the online and workbook lab manual must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified by the instructor.
  4. Write one page critical writing assignments in the target language based on cultural topics (total for the semester 15 pages).
  5. Take the quizzes and the exams.  They will include a mix of listening, reading, writing, and speaking elements.

The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices.  
In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
  • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

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

  • Golosa: Basic Course in Russian Book Two, by Richard Robin, Karen Evans-Romaine, and Galina Shatalina, Latest Edition, Publisher: Pearson Education, Inc., (Prentiss Hall).

Additional materials for native speakers:

Advanced grammar text, short stories, films/videos

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Attendence: 10%
Class Participation: 10%
Lab Assignments: 25%
Exams: 30%
Cultural writing: 25%

Grading Scale:

1. A 100%-90%
2. B 89%-80%
3. C 79%-70%
4. D 69%-60%
5. F 59% and below

Final grade is based on quizzes, lab manual assignments, and exams. In this course at least one speaking exam is required.

Instructors might give other type of grades such as attendance, participation, or cultural presentations.

In order to practice the course content lab manual assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.

Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:

Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493

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.