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What You Should Already Know

You should have taken 1 year of Russian or completed RUSS 041 and 043 prior to taking this course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Ask permission to do something, talk about and name colors, and express an opinion.
  2. Talk about going places and by which means of transportation you will get to a destination.
  3. Begin using numbers, talk about the past, and discuss sports.

Course Materials


The units in this course are based on the level one text of Russian Face to Face, Level One, By George W. Morris, Mark N. Vyatyutnev, and Lilia L. Vokhmina, 2000. (Required)

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Course Organization

This course consists of four units and a final exam. The units will be taken from concepts in the book and from this course manual. There are two important facts that will be extremely helpful to you if you remember them and apply them in your learning of the Russian language. First, the units and final exam are focused on your application of the language. Second, and most important, is that languages build. This means that what you learn tomorrow builds on what you learn today. Hence, it would be wise to learn the concepts and then not forget them. Keep using the skills you gain so they won’t get rusty, and you will do great.

Other Resources

There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or relevant information for the course to the students.

Other Technical Considerations

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You will also need to learn and memorize the vocabulary words that are given at the end of each chapter. Listen to the audio clips several times to get a feel for the pronunciation of each word. These are the building blocks upon which you will build your Russian vocabulary.

Writing Assignments & Portfolios

You will be given two writing assignments throughout the course. These assignments will help you to write and form sentences in the Russian language. You will do the assignments in Word and then submit them as attachments to the course. You will also have 4 portfolio assignments to download, complete, and submit, which are worth 8% of your grade. All of these assignments are worth 20% of your final grade.

Conversation Café and Speaking Assignments

The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor. Hours of the Café are posted on the Communication and Conversation Café page. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn! Before you complete your speaking appointment, you must spend some time practicing in the Conversation Café. You must complete the first Conversation Café to move on in the course.

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. You will be required to complete certain language tasks or have a dialogue with the TA/instructor during your speaking appointment. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you move on to the next unit. TA-graded speaking appointments are completed on a first-come, first-served basis (no scheduling) in the Conversation Café room. The first, middle, and final exam speaking appointments will be scheduled with your instructor and will take place in the instructor’s virtual room. These appointments require a photo ID and a webcam. If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, you must reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you fail to show up at your scheduled time, you will receive a 0.

A grade will be posted within 24 hours of the appointment. The lowest score from all of your speaking appointments will be dropped. (This does not include the final speaking appointment.) See “Grading” below to see what percentage of your final grade the speaking appointments are on.

We strongly encourage you not to use notes during your speaking appointments. That will help you be better prepared for the final speaking appointment where no notes are allowed. Note: You should complete all speaking appointments in the correct order. For more specific information about each speaking appointment, please refer to each assignment in the course.

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This exam consists of 50 questions. It is closed book and notes. There is no time limit, but most students finish within 2 hours. You must pass separately both the final speaking appointment and the written portion of the final exam with at least a 60 percent in order to pass the course. Notes will not be allowed during your final speaking appointment. If you use notes during the final speaking appointment, you will receive a 0 grade and fail the course. 

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Speaking Assignments 1-4 40%
Writing Assignments 1-2 & Portfolios 1-4 20%
Unit Quizzes 1-4 20%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%
Grading Scale
A 100%-93% C 76%-73%
A− 92%-90% C− 72%-70%
B+ 89%-87% D+ 69%-67%
B 86%-83% D 66%-63%
B− 82%-80% D− 62%-60%
C+ 79%-77% E (fail) 59% or below


With enough practice you will find your skills will quickly improve, and you will be prepared to successfully complete the assignments and activities in this course.

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Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


4 computer-graded assignments, 6 writing assignments (4 of which are portfolios), none may be resubmitted. 3 speaking appointments, lowest score may be dropped for the speaking appointments. 


1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism