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RSSN1110 – Introductory Russian I

Lecturer Dr John McNair
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites None
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour, 1 Tutorial hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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Rating

Total average

69.3/100

Learning Materials ( 70 )
Learning Activities ( 55 )
Blackboard Management ( 72.5 )
Course Content ( 72.5 )
Course Structure ( 77.5 )
Contact Availability ( 67.5 )
Course Difficulty ( 70 )

Reviews (2)

Rhys
   
RSSN1110 – Introductory Russian I 78.6

John (the main lecturer and course coordinator) is fantastic and is very accommodating of students who needed a little extra help/assistance with learning Russian. Making appointments to see him about clarifying anything was easy and he responds to emails quickly.

His marking is fair although can be a little harsh with minor details on occasions imo (e.g. getting one letter wrong in a word yet the meaning is still completely understandable). However this reinforces how important the grammar and spelling is.

As the previous poster says it can get content heavy and students can become tired - 4 hrs straight of Russian is hard on the brain. I found the balance of grammar with vocab pretty nice. If you miss a week make sure you catch up because I found that each week builds on the previous week (especially the way the tutorials and contact classes are structured). Knowing a friend that can speak Russian fluently helps a lot for practicing speaking.

Although it may not feel like you are learning a large breadth of the language, by the end of the semester you will be surprised by how much you will know.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

Business Management (Marketing)

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Great teaching staff
  • A good balance of assessment imo
Negatives
  • Requires a lot of practice (as does any language really)
Posted on August 6, 2015 2:54 pm
Anonymous
   
RSSN1110 – Introductory Russian I 60.0

The manner in which this course is taught is rather bizarre for a language course. It's basically the lecturer lecturing students for two hours a week about the Russian language: it feels as though you're analysing the language rather than learning it. What I have come to expect in learning languages is engagement with the language, that is to say teachers speaking to students in the specific language, covering certain themes each week (eg. Greetings, food, etc.) while simultaneously covering grammatical content. In this course there was none of that: it was all grammar. The constant focus on grammar makes classes tedious and makes students liable to fall asleep. There is little engagement with the students in lectures, and while tutorials have much more engagement, students are generally too brain dead from the preceding lecture to be very stimulated to respond in tutorials.

The manner in which this course is conducted is not typical of language courses and makes learning Russian that much more difficult.

That said, however, it is entirely possible to learn Russian through this course, you just have to stick with it and do a heck of a lot of learning chez toi.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major

BA

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Tutorials and tutors were great, very engaging and enthusiastic
Negatives No negative points
Posted on May 28, 2015 12:23 pm

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