-RUSS 0101-

Beginning Russian


Professor Thomas Beyer and Professor Sergei Davydov





Note: This textbook package has gone out of print. The entire package of materials is available as a course pack from the college bookstore and contains three parts.

Russian Now! Textbook (Barron's)

Russian Now! Grammar Guide (Barron's)

Russian Now! Workbook (Barron's)

Also    501 Russian Verbs, and Russian at a Glance.



Course Requirements


All aspects of the course will be graded in Russian fashion.


5=excellent (A), 4=good (B), 3=satisfactory (C), 2=unsatisfactory (D), 1=failure (F), 0=absent


Attendance - You must attend all classes.

If you are well prepared, have done the assignment conscientiously, and participate enthusiastically you will receive a 5.

If one of those qualities is missing you will receive a 4.

A 3 is given if you are not well prepared or do not participate enthusiastically.

A 2 is given for a complete failure to prepare.

If you fail to prepare and participate you will receive a 1.

Even if you haven't done the assignment it is to your advantage to attend class, for an absence is given a 0. Note that missing class can have a serious detrimental effect on your grade for the course. If you will not be attending class for medical reasons send an e-mail to both instructors PRIOR to the start of class.


Late Work is not an option in this course. You must keep pace!

Homework should be exemplary, written in a cursive using PEN any Russian could be proud of.

Neat work with five or fewer errors is a 5.

Fewer than 10 errors is a 4.

More than 10 is a 3.

A homework that fails to indicate sufficient effort or care to detail will be given a 1 and must be rewritten.


Tests and Exams - Regular exams will be given at the end of each section. The final (administered in the last week of classes) counts as one exam.


Makeup - permitted only for medical reasons or personal emergencies.


Cheating - Plagiarism - Much of the work of the course depends on group efforts and interactions. Asking someone for assistance is an intelligent way to do good work. However, representing someone else's work as your own is academically dishonest and is not tolerated at Middlebury. When in doubt, give credit to others involved in your work, and cite that assistance at the bottom of the assignment. Ex. "Olya helped me with numbers two and three," or "Sasha and I worked together on this assignment."


Student Evaluation:

Grades are based on active and consistent participation, regular and on time completion of assignments, and oral and written evaluations during quizzes and exams.


Composition of Grades:


33%         Classroom attendance and participation

33%         Homeworks

33%         Exams and quizzes