Courses

Slavic Department Listings

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See also the list of past years' courses.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCSN), Czech (CZEC), East European (EEUR), Georgian (GEOR),

General Slavic (SLAV), Polish (POLI), Russian (RUSS), South Slavic (SOSL)

RUSS 10003 - 10006
Intensive Introductory Russian

Staff
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

The RUSS 10003-10006 course sequence provides a comprehensive introduction to modern standard Russian. Students will achieve novice high to intermediate low proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and will be introduced to Russian culture and history through authentic texts, audio and video, Internet and multimedia activities, and film screenings. The course provides 140 contact hours over a 6-week period, divided into two segments of three weeks each. The RUSS 10003-10006 sequence is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

RUSS 20003 - 20006
Intensive Intermediate Russian

Cori Anderson
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

The RUSS 20003-20006 course sequence enables students to develop solid intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and further solidify their foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Students will explore Russian culture through authentic texts, audio and video, multimedia and Internet activities, and film screenings. The course provides 140 contact hours over a 6-week period, divided into two segments of three weeks each and may be FLAS eligible, depending on the student’s home institution. The RUSS 20003-20006 sequence is the equivalent of the 20100-20200-20300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

RUSS 21700
Introduction to Interpretation (Russian-English, English-Russian)

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

This course introduces students to the field of conference interpretation in general and to consecutive interpretation in particular. It emphasizes the ability to understand and analyze a message in the source language (Russian/English) and convey it in the target language (English/Russian) in a straightforward and clear manner. The course develops a student’s ability to analyze and paraphrase the meaning of a passage in the source language, and to identify the passage’s components and establish a logical relationship among them. Students will focus on active listening and concentration skills, memory enhancing techniques, and the ability to abstract information for subsequent recall. Basic elements of note-taking will be discussed as well. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret 3-5 minute extemporaneous passages on familiar topics. During practice sessions students will listen to and repeat the content of passages of increasing length and difficulty. Top
ics wil
l cover daily life, current events and the media, as well as general areas of students’ interest. PQ: Fluency in English and Russian. Students with no prior experience in interpreting will work from their “weaker” language into their stronger; students with more practice (advanced and immersion courses, time living in Russia, raised in Russian speaking households, etc.) will practice both ways.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

RUSS 21701
Intermediate Interpretation: Consecutive and Simultaneous (Russian-English, English-Russian)

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

This course develops skills and techniques acquired in Introduction to Interpretation. In consecutive interpretation, the following will be emphasized: clarity of expression, correct style and grammar, proper diction and presentation, and strategies for dealing with cultural and linguistic problems. Students will expand their active vocabulary to include terms and idioms frequent in extemporaneous speeches. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret extemporaneous passages of moderate difficulty derived from professional settings (sources will vary).
Basic strategies for simultaneous interpretation will be introduced, and exercises will be provided to help develop the concentration necessary for listening and speaking at the same time. The students will work to master voice management, and to acquire smooth delivery techniques. Students will learn to analyze discourse for meaning while rendering a coherent interpretation in the target language with correct grammar, diction and style. At the end of the course, students will be able to interpret 8-10 minute passages from public lectures, radio addresses, interviews, news reports, etc. PQ: Introduction to Interpretation, or equivalent; consent of the instructor. Recommended to students past 3rd year and/or heritage/ native speakers of Russian.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

GEOR 20003 - 20006
Intensive Introductory Georgian

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

This six-week course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Georgian. Class time will emphasize basic communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking). Students will also become familiar with Georgian history and culture by working with authentic texts, audio and video, multimedia activities, and film screenings. After completing the course sequence, students will straddle the novice and intermediate proficiency levels in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The University of Chicago is the only university in the U.S. to offer Georgian regularly. The course provides 140 contact hours over a 6-week period, divided into two segments of three weeks each. The GEOR 10003-10006 sequence is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago. Intensive Introductory Georgian is FLAS eligible.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

BCSN 10100 - 10200 - 10300 / 31000 - 31100 - 31200
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I, II, III.

N. Petkovic
Autumn Summer Winter
2012-2013
Language course

Knowledge of a Slavic language and background in linguistics not required. The major objective of the courseis to build a solid foundation in the basic grammatical patterns of written and spoken Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, while simultaneously introducing both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. This course is complemented with cultural and historical media from the Balkans and is designed for students with a wide range of interests. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time.