Section: Languages   |   School: School of Rhetoric

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.

Russian 1

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.  Assignments will focus on listening, speaking and writing skills. Students will learn 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 text includes access to online audio-visual materials also used in the course.

Russian 2

This is an intermediate course that continues to build on the grammar and vocabulary foundation laid in Russian 1. Students will be introduced to Russian (& Soviet) culture and history (including current events), and the audio-visual materials will highlight contemporary life in Russia. 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 Фёдор Достоевский class, there will be a deliberate attempt to make relevant connections to that class. Students will continue to practice listening and understanding in Russian, with a focus on day-to-day conversational skills.

Prerequisite: Russian 1 at WHA or permission of the teacher.
Textbook:  Live from RUSSIA! (Volume 2); This text includes access to online audio-visual materials also used in the course.

2017-18 Book List