The second year Russian course focuses on grammar acquisition and reading and conversation abilities. It extends the vocabulary and grammar of the first two semesters and covers all the major grammar topics needed to communicate in Russian. After the second year of Russian, students will be able to read simple prose for general comprehension and to carry on a simple conversation with a native speaker in a large number of situations: to initiate, continue and end a dialogue; and to solve problems using Russian. Students will be able to get the main idea expressed in a written text and be able to retell it. The course focuses on learning enough vocabulary, basic grammar and oral skills in order to communicate effectively concerning topics of everyday communication.
Alumnus Mikhail Gronas (Ph.D. 2002) has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure at Dartmouth College.