Syllabus Revision

What I have for a syllabus is only two paragraphs long (see below). Somewhere there are also course policies and expectations, but as I am changing to an online, credit-by-choice class for students at different schools, those will not be appropriate. It is possible that my grading system will remain the same, although it will be a choice between A-F and Pass/Fail as students register.

I will have to amend course information, policies, and course content on my existing handout.

I will have to create:

  • Course outline

  • Materials description

  • Instructions on how to meet the objectives

  • Student responsibilities, including netiquette, self-assessment and motivation

  • Grading method and scale, depending on the credit option

  • Instructional Activities

  • Unit by Unit Overview (because there won’t be official dates for now)

  • Connections: FAQs, Forum, and Getting to Know You

I would also want to add some other sections

  • Resources

  • Just For Fun

  • Why Learn Russian

Current syllabus:

Russian at West High

The West High Russian Language class is a Comprehensible Input Methods class, following the theories of linguists Stephen Krashen and Ashley Hastings. Students will hear and read Russian in such a way that they understand it before they must use it in speech and writing. Linguists suggest that language learners must understand a word or string of words up to 300 times in context before they are able to produce it, much as little children hear a sheltered version of their first language for up to two years before they start producing words and sentences. In language classes, students should hear and read comprehensible input long enough that when they are ready to speak, the words seem to fall out of their mouths without any search at all. Although it is difficult to reproduce a family environment at school, we attempt to do something similar by developing a classroom community in which students celebrate individual talents and allow positive, supportive relationships to flourish. In this way, language acquisition can occur much more easily and naturally.

Russian I (novice low)

Students learn to exchange information in simple terms about topics relating to themselves and their family in Russian. They will be introduced to the geography and culture of Russia. Students will master the Cyrillic alphabet and develop short dramatizations of skits, songs, or poetry. The emphasis is on high-frequency vocabulary development and simple grammatical structures. The main goal is for students to progress toward a novice-level ability in using Russian in school and the community, meaning that they can understand and use high-frequency words and phrases in highly structured, self-focused situations.

I am using much of the organization and language of my new syllabus for Online Beginning Russian from the TTOL course overview and syllabus. I will continue to change it to make it more high school friendly and to fit the needs of a language-acquisition class.

Here is the link to my working syllabus document.


Resources provided by TTLO (copied from Vanessa’s portfolio):

Ko & Rossen, Ch. 5 – “Creating an Effective Online Syllabus”

Quality Matters Checklist – pay particular attention to the section about the syllabus

FSU Syllabus Checklist
nd a chapter from their faculty development book

Create an Effective Online Course Syllabus (checklist is towards the bottom of the page)

UPitt Syllabus Checklist (download doc)

Angelo U – Create an online syllabus – checklist