Course description

This intensive course provides a comprehensive continuing course in modern Russian language and culture for those who would like to speak Russian or use the language for reading and research. Designed for students with previous study of Russian the course stresses all four major communicative skills (reading writing listening comprehension and speaking). The course features further development of vocabulary and oral expression within a comprehensive review of Russian grammar. Russian culture is explored through readings screenings and class discussions. Systematic study of word formation and other strategies are taught to help free students from excessive dependence on dictionaries and to develop confidence in reading. Vocabulary is thematically organized to include such topics as self and family education work human relationships and politics and is reinforced through film and the reading of classical and contemporary fiction and history.


  • Senior Lecturer on Slavic Languages and Literatures and Director of the Slavic Language Program, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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