Wilson Hill Academy seeks to teach modern foreign languages using the classical trivium approach; laying a solid grammar foundation, then building on that through the logic and rhetoric stages. Each class also contains elements of culture, history and geography to help bring the language alive.
This is an introductory course focusing on the grammar and vocabulary necessary to have a strong foundation on which to build. Students will learn to read and write using the Cyrillic alphabet, and will also be introduced to Russian (& Soviet) culture and history (including current events). Short selections of Russian literature will be introduced with the goal of enriching the students’ understanding of literature even in translation. For those who are taking or have taken the Get to Know Fyodor Dostoevsky (Фёдор Достоевский) class, there will be a deliberate attempt to make relevant connections to that class. Assignments will include short essays, spoken dialogs, and short research compositions. Teachers will train their students to listen and understand in Russian, as well as to start expressing themselves in this foreign language.
Prerequisite: Students must have a solid understanding of English and/or Latin grammar.
Textbook: Live from RUSSIA! (Volume 1)
This is an intermediate course which will build on the material covered in Russian 1, and will be taught for the first time in the academic year 2018-19.
Prerequisite: Russian 1 at WHA or permission of the teacher.
Textbook: Live from RUSSIA! (Volume 2)