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SchoolPlus Russian classes in Manhattan, NY

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  class   grade   time   teacher   description
   Russian 1      k    9:50 - 10:35    Antonina Lifshits      Spring\'20

Russian 1

The pre-requisite for this class is knowledge of alphabet and ability to read syllables
and three-letter words. It will focus on reading technique, reading comprehension and
speech development. We’ll begin from reading short words and continue on to reading
and writing short sentences. We will learn poems, songs, and play games. 
   Russian 2      1-2    9:00 - 9:45    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

In this class​ we will do a lot of reading mainly assigned as homework. In the class, we will discuss what was read at home and work on vocabulary, cultural awareness, and communication strategies.

We continue to study​ ​word-formation​, parts of speech, spelling, and​ ​noun declension. A lot of attention will be paid to grammatical and lexical skills, building up a feel for the language and increasing motivation to use it. Writing skills will be developed through various types of dictations.

Reading includes fragments of I. Krylov, S. Marshak, V. Garshin, A. Usachev, V. Oseeva, A. Kuprin, Charles Perrot,​ ​Grimms Brothers, H. Ch. Andersen. 
   Russian 3/4      4-5    9:50 - 10:35    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

This course is designed to improve reading and writing skills.
Students will practice writing dictations, as well as their own short
sentences in a cohesive and rhythmic manner.. Exercises are tailored to
achieve the proper use of vocabulary, such as identifying and explaining
the meaning of objects, attributes, and actions. Students will gain
knowledge of interrogative, exclamatory and affirmative sentences and
strengthen reading comprehension and memory skills.

In terms of speaking skills, interactive exercises will focus on
coherent expression and formulating answers to questions. Students will
recite short stories, and enhance their speech with various details.

Reading will familiarize students with various literary genres,
including poetry and prose from classical and contemporary Russian
authors, such as Sasha Chorny, “ Kashtanka”, by A. Chekhov, \"Rainbow-Flower by Valentin Kataev to name a few. 
   Russian 3/4-1      3-4    11:30-12:15    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

This course designed for 8-9 years old children, who were exposed to the Russian Language in their families, but do not speak Russian fluently. It includes reviewing Russian pronunciation and intonation, a systematic review of grammar, increasing vocabulary, and developing fluency in different conversational situations, which will further improve the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with an emphasis on communicative competence.


We will concentrate on developing cursory reading skills and building interest in reading.
Students will be assigned appropriate homework, which includes reading short stories, writing, answering questions, learning basic rules, doing simple grammar exercises, listening recorded fairy tales and memorizing pieces of poetry. We also, use of various types of authentic and culturally significant materials, such as proverbs, sayings, tongue-twisters, riddles, and poems. 
   Russian 4/5      4-6    10:40 -- 11:25    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

This course is designed for third-grade students with a solid
foundation of Russian. The course aims to increase students\' reading and
speaking proficiency to the level of (at least) an advanced beginner.

Our children will do a detailed, selective, and concise
paraphrasing of a text, à reading report.
A reading report that is logically consistent and accurate with respect
to the original text.

This semester we will continue to develop independent writing skills
through dictation exercises. Individual and team work will be a key to
advancing students\' oral communication skills.

Reading includes pieces:
“A Naughty Boy”, ”Oysters” by A. Chekhov , “Ìystery of the Third Planet\" by Kir Bulychev and others. 
   Russian 5/6      5-6    1:10 -- 1:55    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

The curriculum of this class is best fitted for emerging readers.
We will continue reading, retelling and discussing simple (but meaningful) stories, learn poems by heart and get acquainted with rich possibilities of Russian idioms.

The focus of the class, however, will be on writing and basic grammar.
This class will reinforce reading skills, enrich vocabulary, as well as encourage our students to express their thoughts and observations correctly and coherently. 
   Russian 6/7      6-7    2:00 - 2:45    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

This course is designed for sixth/seventh grades bilingual students with a
strong foundation in Russian. It aims to increase students\' reading and
speaking proficiency to an advanced level.

Students will continue studying Russian orthography. During this
semester, they will practice writing paragraphs and short stories.

Exercises will develop the child\'s active and passive vocabulary. 
Regular homework will include reading short stories, composing and
answering questions, performing simple grammar exercises and
memorizing pieces of poetry to complement language proficiency.

The exposure to and study of contemporary and classical literature will
continue complementing the technical aspects of the course, thereby
developing students\' knowledge and understanding of Russian culture. 
   Russian 6/7-1      6-7    8:25 -- 8:55    Nadezhda Zhavoronkina      Spring\'20

This course is designed for sixth/seventh grades bilingual students with a
strong foundation in Russian. It aims to increase students\' reading and
speaking proficiency to an advanced level.

Students will continue studying Russian orthography. During this
semester, they will practice writing paragraphs and short stories.

Exercises will develop the child\'s active and passive vocabulary.
Regular homework will include reading short stories, composing and
answering questions, performing simple grammar exercises and
memorizing pieces of poetry to complement language proficiency.

The exposure to and study of contemporary and classical literature will
continue complementing the technical aspects of the course, thereby
developing students\' knowledge and understanding of Russian culture. 
   Russian 8      1-4    12:45 -- 1:45    Antonina Lifshits      Spring\'20

Our Russian Drama class is on of the SchoolPlus\'s most exciting and well-nurtured projects. It gives children an opportunity to play, to perform, to learn some classical Russian texts by heart and to practice in spoken Russian.

It is also a big art project, where all children participate in designing costumes, backdrops and other pieces of theatrical scenery.

The teachers come up with some ideas but it is the children who decide in the end which of the suggested ideas they would like to implement. While learning to work together children get to know each other better than in many other classes, and they are always proud to be a part of this team and to be on stage together. Although the work can sometimes be tedious, the result is always original and remarkable, and it is one of the things we hope they will remember as a part of their Russian educational experience. 
   Russian AP      9-11    12:45--1:45    Galina Bunin      Spring\'20

Russian Advanced class will get students ready for the Prototype AP Russian Exam which will takes place in April 2020. AP Russian is intended for students in the 9th grade and above who wish to engage in the rigorous university-level study before high school graduation. It consists of four subtests, all of which are aimed at the direct assessment of language proficiency. Students in the 9th grade and above may be registered for the test.

At the end of the course, students are encouraged to take the Prototype AP Russian Language and Culture exam. Click the link below to get the 2017 Sample Exam, the last version published.

Sample Exam