High School Russian II
In Russian II, we will spend two semesters studying and admiring the linguistic culture of this beautiful, perplexing, intriguing society. After a thorough review of the concepts and communicative skills learned in Russian I, students will continue to master the usage of the cases of nouns in the singular and plural, and begin to understand the aspects of verbs in the imperfective and perfective past and future tenses. More vocabulary and communication for practical situations will be added. Topics include family, professions, dining, descriptions of people, personality traits, the body and health, time and routines, interests and hobbies, describing a city, and asking and giving directions. Exercises will incorporate listening and reading comprehension of authentic materials from Russian life, such as news articles, authentic documents, menus, transportation schedules, etc. Students in Russian II will also get quality exposure to excerpts carefully chosen from the great canon of Russian poetry, literature, folklore, and music.
- "I just wanted to tell you how thankful that I am for your teaching methods and the encouragement you give to the students. My son loves Russian class! He is always engaged and interested, more than any other class. You have a unique way of teaching that is fun. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Russian language with my son!" -- Nancy D., Michigan
"My daughter is now in her fourth semester of Russian at her university and plans on a Russian minor. She continues to love the language. Thank you for kindling in her a fire for Russian and giving her a such a strong foundation for the language!" -- A.K., Nebraska
Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
“REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.
Grade Level: 8 - early college
Minimum Enrollment Required: 4
Maximum Class Size: 10
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
Class Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM Pacific
Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!
Sue Ellen Turscak, M.A.
Sue Ellen Turscak studied Russian and Ukrainian from an early age. She concentrated in Russian History and Literature at Harvard, and worked as an oral history interviewer for the Ukrainian Famine Commission, interviewing those who lived through the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Russian Pedagogy and is a life member of ACTR, the American Council of Teachers of Russian. She has taught four levels of high school Russian at independent college preparatory schools in Ohio and Virginia, and led student exchange programs to St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Turscak homeschooled her two children through high school. Her son works as a data scientist for a major consulting firm, and her daughter is a software developer for Microsoft. Sue Ellen resides with her husband and one very grumpy cat in Northeast Ohio, and attends St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Church. She enjoys international travel, Slavic music, literature, cooking, and folklore, and has an embarrassingly large collection of matryoshka dolls.
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