An intensive "at-home-and-abroad" program featuring language study at the second-year level of Russian. The program is a sequel to Live from Russia entitled Welcome Back! It is also built around a contextualized video story of Kevin, Misha, Tanya, Olya et al. and uses a four-skill approach –reading, writing, listening, and speaking with the emphasis on grammatical structure and communication practice.
The program consists of a language course in conjunction with a separate Culture course (RUSS S244) – Georgia, Russia, and the Caucasus in Literature, Cinema, and Visual Arts – that meets for 90 minutes twice per week both in New Haven and Georgia. The Culture course is an interdisciplinary and hands-on exploration of Georgian and Russian cultural history through literature, cinema, and visual arts. Topics include Georgian and Russian cultures in their historical transformations and interrelations, reflections of Georgia and the Caucasus in Russian literature, Georgian contributions to world literature and artistic culture, Russian-Georgian literary and visual avant-garde connections, the age of Stalin, politics and culture of the USSR and its aftermath. The course is also supplemented by 12 hours of the Georgian language instruction at the elementary level.
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Pre-college summer programs are frequently very expensive. For example, Yale’s Young Global Scholars program typically charges $6,500 for two weeks. The selectivity, prestige, and academic rigor of programs can vary quite a bit and don’t always correspond to the academic reputation of the host college. We’ll discuss this more shortly. Contrary to many parents’ optimistic beliefs, with the exception of the most prestigious programs, attending a pre-college summer program probably won’t directly help your child get into college. Don’t spend money just because you want your child to be able to drop “Yale” or “Stanford” in a college app. We’ll go into more detail on this, including some exceptions, a little later.