Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Heather R Rice


LecturerPh.D., Indiana University

Heather R Rice

Contact

  • Phone: 512-232-6913
  • Office: MEZ 3.316
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018: Mondays, 9-10; Thursdays, 4-5; or in Zoom. Please email to request link to meeting room.

Interests


Russian language pedagogy, creating Russian language instructional materials, 2nd language acquisition, phonetics and phonology, Russian and Soviet cinema

Biography


Born and raised in Northeast Houston to Texan natives whose ancestry most likely traces back to French and Irish immigrants, I never knew much about Russia - its language or its culture. I came to The University of Texas as a freshman, ready to study Spanish and math, but instead ended up in a Russian class full of very clever and intimidating graduate students. I fell in love with the enigmatic beauty of Russian almost immediately and changed my major nearly as fast. I have traveled to Russia several times - as student, teacher, and study abroad guide. I continue to study Russian, for it is a life-long process, and my love for it has not once wavered. In 2015 I earned my Ph.D. in linguistics and Slavic languages, and I now have the privilege of creating the content for and teaching the Department's new and fully online Russian language course.  

Courses


RUS 406 • First-Year Russian I

43025 • Fall 2019
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to Russian 406! This is the first of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

This introductory Russian language course will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.

 

The pace of Russian 406 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates for various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian.

Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines, and shopping hot-spots.

This course follows the dates of the regular University of Texas fall semester, August 30 – December 11.

·       TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones (do a sound check before submitting your recorded activities)

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

RUS 407 • First-Year Russian II

43030 • Fall 2019
Meets W 11:00AM-12:00PM

Russian 407 is the second of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

Course meets January 16-May 4. This course will be conducted entirely online, using a new multi-media curriculum developed at The University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom (Wednesdays, 9-10am CST).

The pace of Russian 407 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates on various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian. Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines and shopping hotspots.

RUS 412K • Second-Year Russian I

43035 • Fall 2019
Meets W 1:00PM-2:00PM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to RUS 412! This is the third and final class of the three-semester online sequence. This course is designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

RUS 412 will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.

The pace of Russian 412 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets as a unit only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Many of your assignments will require that you work independently a large portion of the time. You can also expect to work with your classmates for various paired conversation activities online.

The general goal of this course is to introduce you to Russian language and culture. We will work towards developing intermediate-range language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. And since we will be online, you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet. 

This course follows the dates of the regular University of Texas fall semester, August 30 – December 11.

·       TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A  working computer with webcam, microphone, and headphones.

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

RUS W406 • First-Year Russian I

83575 • Summer 2019
Meets W 12:00PM-1:00PM

This course is the first part of the new three-part online Russian course, an introduction to Russian language and culture. It will emphasize the four skills of proficiency: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Russia is one of the most influential and important regions of the world—today and over a millennium of history. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Start your journey with the Russian language this summer!

RUS 406 • First-Year Russian I

43840 • Spring 2019
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to Russian 406! This is the first of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

This introductory Russian language course will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.

 

The pace of Russian 406 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates for various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian.

Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines, and shopping hot-spots.

This course follows the dates of the regular University of Texas fall semester, August 30 – December 11.

·       TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones (do a sound check before submitting your recorded activities)

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

RUS 407 • First-Year Russian II

43845 • Spring 2019
Meets W 10:00AM-11:00AM

Russian 407 is the second of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

Course meets January 16-May 4. This course will be conducted entirely online, using a new multi-media curriculum developed at The University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom (Wednesdays, 9-10am CST).

The pace of Russian 407 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates on various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian. Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines and shopping hotspots.

RUS 406 • First-Year Russian I

44250 • Fall 2018
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to Russian 406! This is the first of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

This introductory Russian language course will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.

 

The pace of Russian 406 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates for various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian.

Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines, and shopping hot-spots.

This course follows the dates of the regular University of Texas fall semester, August 30 – December 11.

·       TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones (do a sound check before submitting your recorded activities)

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

RUS 412K • Second-Year Russian I

44255 • Fall 2018
Meets W 10:00AM-11:00AM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to RUS 412! This is the third and final class of the three-semester online sequence. This course is designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

RUS 412 will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.

The pace of Russian 412 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets as a unit only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Many of your assignments will require that you work independently a large portion of the time. You can also expect to work with your classmates for various paired conversation activities online.

The general goal of this course is to introduce you to Russian language and culture. We will work towards developing intermediate-range language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. And since we will be online, you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet. 

This course follows the dates of the regular University of Texas fall semester, August 30 – December 11.

·       TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A  working computer with webcam, microphone, and headphones.

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

RUS 407 • First-Year Russian II

44405 • Spring 2018
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM

Russian 407 is the second of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

Course meets January 16-May 4. This course will be conducted entirely online, using a new multi-media curriculum developed at The University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom (Wednesdays, 9-10am CST).

The pace of Russian 407 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates on various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian. Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines and shopping hotspots.

RUS 406 • First-Year Russian I

44875 • Fall 2017
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to Russian 406! This is the first of a three-semester online course designed to introduce you to the language and culture of one of the most influential and important regions of the world today. Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people in the former Soviet Union, and an additional 150 million throughout the world. Now you can speak it, too.

This introductory Russian language course will be conducted entirely online. We will be using a new multi-media curriculum developed at the University of Texas. All course content and materials will be delivered online, and you will not need to purchase additional textbooks. Students will be required to meet as a class, along with the instructor, one hour per week in a virtual classroom.

 

The pace of Russian 406 is designed to be moderately intensive. Although class meets only once a week, you should expect to do between 12 and 18 hours of work each week, depending on the types and number of activities assigned. Your assignments will require you to work independently a large portion of the time, but you can also expect to work with your classmates for various communication activities, including video recording conversations in Russian.

Our goal is to introduce you to Russian language and culture and, by doing so, help you develop functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, we will be online, so you can expect to start learning to navigate the Russian language realm of the Internet, which is truly an entirely other world, replete its own social media, search engines, and shopping hot-spots.

This course follows the dates of the regular University of Texas fall semester, August 30 – December 11.

·       TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

o   Reliable internet connection - A very strong connection is required for weekly class meetings and strongly recommended for other synchronous interactions and video recordings. Do not expect to be able to use a coffee shop’s connection for these.

o   A computer with webcam, microphone and headphones (do a sound check before submitting your recorded activities)

o   Canvas is designed to be compatible with Chrome, so if you are using a web browser other than Chrome, you might not have full functionality in Canvas.  Bottom line, use Chrome as your browser for Canvas.

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