Middle School Russian

This introduction to Russian language and culture for middle school students is intended to introduce students to functional, communicative Russian and the Russian culture.

Stress will be placed on pronunciation, communication, and basic grammar. This is intended to introduce the middle school age student to the language, or to enhance heritage-Russian speaking students’ knowledge. Students will be challenged to develop the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Russian. Speaking will occur from day one, discussing surroundings, and will progress to home and family life, school, expressing daily needs, mealtimes, professions and everyday activities. This will also be the basis for learning vocabulary, orthography, and basic grammatical structures.

Basic grammar will be introduced to include the cases: Nominative, Accusative, Genitive, Dative, Instrumental, and Locative/Prepositional; personal and possessive pronouns; adjectives and gender; and present and past verb tenses (including verbs of motion). Students will find that this study of Russian also deepens their understanding of English - its grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

It goes without saying that one cannot study a language without studying its culture. Typical and atypical customs will be discussed, as well as some comparisons between Russia of old, the former Soviet Union, and present day Russia. Geography, fairy tales, famous Russians, and more will help to bring to life this very fun and engaging foreign language. Free online apps, age appropriate and entertaining movies/videos, music, and art will be incorporated into the lessons and homework as well.

This class will meet once a week, providing 22.5 hours of live, online instruction per semester. Classes are one and a half hours in length. Students will be assigned weekly written and oral exercises, and will also be expected to continue to learn and practice vocabulary through interactive resource links provided.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

“REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.

Prerequisites: None 
Instructor:  Lydia Aleshin, B.A.  
Age Level: 11 - 13
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Tuition per Semester:  $255
10% early registration discount extended through June 29th

Class Meets: Mondays, 8:00 - 9:30 AM Pacific

Spring Registration is Open

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Lydia Aleshin, B.A.

Lydia Aleshin received her B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. She received highest honors and the Stony Brook Russian Award. She was raised bilingually, immersed in the Slavic culture, and studied for a summer semester in Moscow and Leningrad. After graduating, she taught privately and traveled the world extensively for eight years as a consultant for tourists and professional educational groups, specializing in the former U.S.S.R.

She took a hiatus from travel to raise her children, though continued teaching private lessons. Lydia has been teaching for over 20 years, interprets, and has engaged in cultural and citizen diplomacy. She has taught Intensive Russian, Russian Language and Culture, Russian Literature, Russia-Ukraine-Belarus Current Events, Russian Cooking, ESL, and more at Shepherd University, two local colleges, and at public as well as private schools and venues.

Lydia loves sharing the Russian culture and teaching language to people of all ages. When not teaching she enjoys reading, writing, art, baking with her granddaughter, and is working on a cultural art cookbook. Three adorable cats keep her family entertained on a daily basis.



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Beginner's Russian