This is a beginning course, so there are no prerequisites for this course.
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
To successfully complete this course you will need the following:
This course contains seven units and a final exam. Each unit consists of an introduction, lesson objectives, discussion material, and a Self Check section with its corresponding answers. The discussion material includes new vocabulary, pictures, examples, listening, speaking, writing, and reading practice activities. Most of the grammar concepts are presented in table format, which will help you understand the information in the best way. The audio material features native Russian speakers to provide you with good examples of correct pronunciation.
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.
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There are Self Check “quizzes” in each lesson intended to help you review the material covered in that lesson. Self Checks are designed to be taken over and over as many times as you wish, to help you gain greater mastery of the concepts or skills being tested. If you find that you do not know or are not certain about an answer, go back to the lesson material and reread the section pertaining to that question. If you don't like your grade on a given Self Check, retake it until you are satisfied with the grade. The points from these Self Checks count toward the participation portion of your final grade.
There are seven unit quizzes throughout the course. These assignments are submitted electronically, with the grade immediately revealed. Incorrect answers will be noted, and an explanation of why the student’s answer was incorrect will be included. Questions will be taken from the textbook and the readings. Unit quizzes account for 25% of your final grade.
You will be required to complete seven writing assignments paced throughout the course. These should be submitted electronically through the dropbox and will be graded by the instructor/teaching assistant. Grading will be based on provided rubrics associated with each assignment. Graded assignments will be returned with comments. These assignments count toward 20% of your final grade.
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 second, fifth, 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.
The final exam will consist of two parts: first, your final speaking appointment; and second, a multiple choice bubble-sheet portion. The written portion of the exam is similar to a unit quiz and includes eighty-five multiple-choice questions on everything covered in this course. It is closed book, so you may not use any notes during the final. Also, on the final exam you may only listen to the audio track twice. However, you may (and it is recommended that you do) pause the track between each question to allow yourself time to process and think about what was said. The final exam will make up 25% of your final grade, 12.5% for speaking and 12.5% for the written portion. 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.
You will be graded on each Unit Quizzes, Speaking Appointment, Writing Assignment, and on the final exam. This is how your final grade for the course will be divided:
7 Unit Quizzes
7 Speaking Appointments
|7 Writing Assigments||20%|
1 Final Exam and Final Speaking Appointment
The passing grade on assignments and the final is a D–. You must pass the final exam with a 60 percent or above to pass the course.
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7 unit quizzes, and 7 writing assignments; may not be resubmitted. 7 speaking appointment assignments, may not be resubmitted, 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.
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.
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:
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.
University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at email@example.com or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).
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