Ref: C2523233

Russian into Autumn. On this short course students will become acquainted or perhaps revisit, some texts from the great Russian literary tradition including short stories by Pushkin and Buida, a classic novel by Turgenev and the Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their reading and to carry out some research so they can share their findings about the individual authors, the prevailing culture and the times they lived in.

Course aim

To provide a gentle introduction to Russian literature (read in English translation) through some key classic and modern books.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It is helpful to obtain the required texts before the course begins

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Confidently discuss my appreciation of Russian literature
  • Explain why the short story has a particular importance in Russian literature
  • Identify at least two reasons why Russian literature has been and continues to be influential for writers and readers

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • See reading and information sources and pre course work

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The texts are: Russian Short Stories by Robert Chandler; Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev and The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Hopefully students will develop their appreciation of Russian literature further,

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