The course aims to provide the learner with sufficient theoretical knowledge to undertake the study of morphosyntactic structures and everyday, familiar vocabulary and phrases (as specified in the programme modules 1, 2 and 3), and to encourage the student to develop a linguistic competence in an intercultural perspective, in accordance with the Degree objectives. The learner is expected to achieve the communicative skills and knowledge required for A1 level of the Common European Framework, that is "understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type".
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the first year the student will know Russian spelling, rules of Russian pronunciation, Russian morphology (in a systematical way), the use of constructions with prepositions and the structure of Russian simple sentence. Skills: at the end of the first year the student will be able to understand short texts, write simple texts (postcards, forms) and be involved in short conversations with natives on everyday themes.
Lesson period: year
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Teaching Unit 1 Introduction to contemporary Russian language. Alphabet. Phonetics and phonology of contemporary Russian. Morphology: the gender and number of the noun. The adjective. Cases: the meaning of cases. The singular and plural nominative case. The possessive pronouns Чей, чья, чьё, чьи, мой, твой, наш, ваш Basic syntax: Что это, кто это. Teaching Unit 2: The singular noun declension (with and without prepositions). The singular adjectival declension. The conjugation of the verb: I and II regular conjugations (present tense). Irregular verbs: жить, давать, быть Structures: у кого есть, у кого нет. The verb: the past tense. The ordinal numerals. Communication skills: presentation, telling about oneself, studies, places, writing short texts. The theoretical material is presented with constant reference to use and supported by a contrastive approach with Italian and other European languages. Lexicon: basic A1 lexicon, Cardinal numbers up to 100. Teaching Unit 3: The plural noun and adjective declension. The cases: dative, accusative, instrumental. Irregular verbs, verbs with suffix -ova -eva. "Reflexive" Verbs The verbal aspect: outline. Идти-ходить, ехать-ездить. The basic syntactic structures, the formation of words.
Prerequisites for admission
The official course (theoretical lessons) will be accompanied by language exercises with native speakers, whose aim is to consolidate morphological and lexical structures in a communicative context. The teaching will also take advantage of the moodle platform: http://labonline.ctu.unimi.it/linguarussa1med
The materials and power point presentations used during the course will be uploaded on the Moodle platform. All students must prepare the indicated parts of the following texts: Comrie B., The Slavonic World, in Lingua e Stile, a XXXVI, n. 3, 2001, pp. 431-442. Maturi P., I suoni delle lingue, i suoni dell'italiano. Introduzione alla fonetica, Il Mulino: Bologna 2006. Cap. 1 Magnati D., Legittimo F., Davajte! Comunciare in russo, Milano: Hoepli. Vol. 1. Grammatiche di riferimento: C. Cevese, J. Dobrovolskaja, E. Magnanini, La grammatica russa.Manuale di teoriai, Milano, Hoepli, 2018. o in alternativa: A. Gančikov, Grammatica-Russo facile, Vallardi, Milan Workbooko, 2009.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam includes a grammatical-lexical test, which is carried out in part as computer test and in part in a traditional way. The written exam can be taken by the student in two stages: an intermediate test at the end of the first semester and a second test at the end of the second semester, both tests are carried out during class hours and are reserved to attending students. The student who passes both tests can directly access the oral exam. Those who fail one of the two tests, must take the written exam in the official sessions (May, September and January). If the student has passed an intermediate test (the first or second part), this is considered valid until the first written session in May. From September onwards the student must take a complete written test regarding the complete program.