Carnegie Mellon University

Russian for Heritage Speakers: Babushka's Russia & Beyond

Course Number: 82-394

This course is designed to address the linguistic and cultural learning needs of heritage speakers of Russian, those who grew up hearing and speaking Russian at home but who have had little or no formal study of Russian language, culture, or history. Although heritage speakers of Russian often achieve advanced or near-native listening comprehension skills, they require further training in reading, writing, and speaking. Heritage speakers may also be unfamiliar with important aspects of Russian culture key events in Russian and Soviet history, well-known cultural phenomena, literary works, films, and so on and have gaps in their knowledge of social norms. Russian for Heritage Speakers aims to fill these gaps through a combination of grammar instruction and student-led close analysis of texts and audiovisual material. The course is organized around five thematic units that allow students to learn about Russian culture while engaging in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication: Foundations: Truth Legends, Revolutions: Political, Cultural, Social, Student Life: , Russia in the World, and Individual and Community.

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Units: 9
Prerequisite(s): None