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What is Master Class?

Master class focuses solely on pronunciation, teaching you to sound authentically Russian when you speak.  I will explain the rules of Russian phonetics in English and work with students individually and as a group to help you reset your default mouth position.  Teachers can register for free and observe in the background.  Join us and feel new confidence when you speak!

See my 7-minute "What is Master Class?" video for more info and email me with questions at kiradimattia@gmail.com.  Use the button below to register.  Hope to see you there!

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Registration & Cost

There are no fees for attending the Spring 2021 "quarantine edition" of this class other than the cost of the required materials – see below ($25-$45 total, depending on whether you choose hard copies or digital rental).  Faculty may request a review copy of Unlocking Russian Pronunciation if they wish (or they could purchase it, of course) but there is no requirement that they do so.

 

"Extras" will also be available to students: $20 for individualized goal setting and feedback on a recording of themselves reading a passage in Russian and $5 for each Friday afternoon "check-in" coaching session they wish to attend (see above). 

The registration deadline is Wednesday, 2/17/2021 and the first day of the Spring session (six evening classes) is Thursday, 2/18/2021.  Use this button to register for all of the class sessions at once.  High school juniors and seniors age 16 and older, college students, and adult professionals are welcome to apply.  The Register button will take you to a short questionnaire; you will receive an acceptance email once admitted.  You must have a Zoom account and be logged into Zoom in order to attend each class. 

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Class Meetings & Materials

 

Class Dates & Times

Classes are 1.5 hours long except for the first class (2 hours).  You should attend every class you possibly can!  There is NO COST to attend these sessions in Spring 2021 other than required materials.  Check your email after registering for a Zoom link.

Class Meeting #1 – Thursday, 2/18/2021

7:00-9:00 p.m. EST (New York)

First class is longer – 2 hours!

Class Meeting #2 – Thursday, 2/25/2021

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST (New York)

Class Meeting #3 – Thursday, 3/4/2021

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST (New York)

Class Meeting #4 – Thursday, 3/11/2021

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST (New York)

Class Meeting #5 – Thursday, 3/18/2021

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST (New York)

Class Meeting #6 – Thursday, 3/25/2021

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST (New York)

Optional Check-In Coaching Sessions

Group coaching sessions involve multiple students.  They are 15-45 minutes long (depending on attendance) and are completely optional.  The idea is to work with one student at a time while everyone else practices at home with their mics on mute.  Past students have reported that these sessions really helped them apply what they learned in class.  You can register here and pay for your session at any time using the green buttons below.  Check your email after registering for a Zoom link.

Check-In #1 – Friday, 2/19/2021

4:00 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #2 – Friday, 2/26/2021

4:00 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #3 – Friday, 3/5/2021

4:00 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #4 – Friday, 3/12/2021

4:00 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #5 – Friday, 3/19/2021

4:00 p.m. EST (New York)

Required Materials

  1. Unlocking Russian Pronunciation (US $36 hard copy / $18 digital rental for 180 days)

  2. Звуки. Ритмика. Интонация. Учебное пособие (+CD). Ирина Одинцова (about $6)

  3. A Zoom account (free to sign up; log in through your account for security purposes)

  4. Paper and pen/pencil

  5. A way to record yourself during class (your phone or any program on your computer like QuickTime – free for Mac and PC)

  6. A mic if your audio quality is poor (Clip-on mics can really help!  Try to troubleshoot this with a friend before the first class)

  7. The best internet connection you can possibly get (sit near a wifi router, use the newest device you have, close other programs & tabs)

  8. Optional: A dry erase board with the transcription system printed on the side could make the learning process really fun and easy, but pen and paper work fine, too!  Other fun learning tools and accessories like sticky notes for daily and weekly goals are available on Zazzle

There will be lots of times when I will work with one student whose mic is on, but you can still practice by repeating after me as I teach even though your mic will be off.  If possible, you should join me on a computer so that you can use a smart phone or other recording device to record yourself repeating after me.  Then you can listen back to yourself to see which things you need to focus on the most. 

 

To see yourself, a small mirror is really helpful, or you could hold up your smart phone and video record yourself as we work together. 

 

Finally, it's very hard for me to hear you if your audio quality is poor – try to troubleshoot it ahead of time if you can, bargain with housemates for bandwidth, use the newest device you can find to join through Zoom, and purchase or borrow an inexpensive mic if possible.  It will really help me to help you!

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Syllabus

Note: The green links in the syllabus are available only to current Master Class participants. 

 

Day 1 – Sound & Identity

Class Meeting on Thu 2/18/2021

HW due Thu 2/25/2021

Relaxed Minimalist

 

  1. Watch the Orientation Video if you haven't already.  : )

  2. Baseline Recording

    • Record yourself reading Новая квартира!  You will need the personal username I gave you in class for Flipgrid – 2 letters and a number.  If you have trouble using Flipgrid, go to 0:59 on this tutorial.  If you have trouble even after watching the video you can email me your recording.  Optional "extra": you can request individualized feedback and goal setting from me – more on that here.

  3. Head Knowledge

  4. Real-Life Skill

    • Record at least 2 Target Practice sessions (use your personal username – 2 letters and a number!) with Video 1 (Type I Reduction).  Study both the front and the side view!  Click the Target Practice link each time you want to start a new practice session. 

Jedi Warrior

 

What would help you really move the needle on your pronunciation?  If you have time, practice whatever helps you the most.  Try for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week!  Recommended resources are listed below.  

Real-Life Skill

  • Record some more Target Practice sessions with Videos 2-6 (Type I Reduction).  You could do a little or a lot – a couple sessions each day if you wanted.  They don't take long!  Just make sure you're super focused when you practice. 

Reference

 

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Lessons 1 & 2 in Book & Instructional Videos 

Class Folder  |  Song Lyrics  |  Шпaргалка  |  Patreon Club  Learn Russian with Kira

Video of Class

When the video of class is ready, you will be able to access it by clicking here.

The PPT is available here.

Got feedback?  You can provide it here!

Day 2 – Hard & Soft Sounds

Class Meeting on Thu 2/25/2021

HW due Thu 3/4/2021

Relaxed Minimalist

  1. Head Knowledge

  2. Real-Life Skill

    • Record a Target Practice session with Lesson 3 Part 3 at unlockingrussianpronunciation.org.  This video is 12 minutes long but Flipgrid has a 10-minute limit; it's ok if your recording doesn't quite cover all of the material. Write down the sounds that were the most difficult for you and the times they appear in the video so it will be easy to come back to them later! 

    • Target Practice with Videos 7-9 (Vowels «у», «о», «и», «э», «ы»)

Jedi Warrior

What would help you really move the needle on your pronunciation?  If you have time, practice whatever helps you the most.  Try for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week!  Recommended resources are listed below.  

Head Knowledge

Real-Life Skill

Reference

 

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Lesson 3 in Book & Instructional Videos 

Class Folder  |  Song Lyrics  |  Шпaргалка  |  Patreon Club  Learn Russian with Kira

Video of Class

When the video of class is ready, you will be able to access it by clicking here.

The PPT is available here.

Got feedback?  You can provide it here!

Day 3 – Vowel Reduction

Class Meeting on Thu 3/4/2021

HW due Thu 3/11/2021

Relaxed Minimalist

 

  1. Head Knowledge

  2. Real-Life Skill

  3. Mid-Course Reflections & Feedback

Jedi Warrior

What would help you really move the needle on your pronunciation?  If you have time, practice whatever helps you the most.  Try for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week!  Recommended resources are listed below.  

Head Knowledge

  • Unlocking Russian Pronunciation (book) – Review Questions on p. 18 and Ex. 4 on p. 19

Real-Life Skill

Reference

 

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Lesson 4 in Book & Instructional Videos 

Class Folder  |  Song Lyrics  |  Шпaргалка  |  Patreon Club  Learn Russian with Kira

Video of Class

When the video of class is ready, you will be able to access it by clicking here.

Got feedback?  You can provide it here!

Day 4 – Voicing Rules

Class Meeting on Thu 3/11/2021

HW due Thu 3/18/2021

Relaxed Minimalist

 

  1. Head Knowledge

  2. Real-Life Skill

Jedi Warrior

What would help you really move the needle on your pronunciation?  Practice whatever helps you the most.  Try for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week!  Recommended resources are listed below.  

Head Knowledge

  • Quizlet 16 (Printable list: Quizlet 16)

  • Unlocking Russian Pronunciation (book) – Review Questions on page 25 and Exercise 5 on page 26

Real-Life Skill

Reference

 

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Lesson 5 in Book & Instructional Videos 

Class Folder  |  Song Lyrics  |  Шпaргалка  |  Patreon Club  Learn Russian with Kira

Video of Class

When the video of class is ready, you will be able to access it by clicking here.

Got feedback?  You can provide it here!

Day 5 – Phonetics Topics

Class Meeting on Thu 3/18/2021

HW due Thu 3/25/2021

Relaxed Minimalist

  1. Head Knowledge

  2. Real-Life Skill

    • Target Practice with Video 25-30 (Prepositions, Particles, Phrases, Signs of Separation «ъ» and «ь», Word-Initial и, -ться & -тся, -ee & -яя)

  3. Новая квартира "After"

    • Find your own "Before" version of Новая квартира and use the "Reply" feature to record your "After" version. Optional "extra": you can request individualized feedback and goal setting from me – more on that here.

  4. Survey

Jedi Warrior

Head Knowledge

  • Transcribe Новая квартира using the Secret Code and check your answers.  Use it to help you make the best "After" recording you can!

Real-Life Skill

Reference

 

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Lessons 6, 7 & 8 in Book & Instructional Videos 

Class Folder  |  Song Lyrics  |  Шпaргалка  |  Patreon Club  Learn Russian with Kira

Video of Class

When the video of class is ready, you will be able to access it by clicking here.

Got feedback?  You can provide it here!

Day 6 – Last Day!

Class Meeting on Thu 3/25/2021

Ура!!! 

 

Congratulations!!!  Hope you will consider joining our Russian Pronunciation Club on Patreon and keep in touch! 

Video of Class

When the video of class is ready, you will be able to access it by clicking here.

Got feedback?  You can provide it here!

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FAQ

 

How can I request feedback and individualized goals for my student recording?

It's a great idea to do a "before" and "after" recording at the beginning and end of the master class so you can hear the progress you've made.  If you'd like me to listen to your recording and choose the 5 most important goals I think you should work on, let's do it!  The best time to pay is right when you email me your recording – just click on the button here and let me know that you paid the fee in your email.  Thank you!

What are the certificates like?

If you are interested in receiving a digital certificate of completion at the end of the course (see the examples below), you will have to attend or make up all of the class sessions, submit a "before" and "after" recording of yourself (you do not need to request feedback from me as described above, however), and answer several questions that I will ask you at the end of the course.  You should submit your "before" recording within the first week or two of class; otherwise, you won’t be able to hear your progress as easily.  

 

What if I need to miss a class?

The textbook comes with access to many hours of video lessons where I teach exactly what I will be teaching online in the master class, so missing a class won't be a problem if you watch the videos for the class you miss and do the homework.  Handy, huh!  You can also watch videos of the master class session you missed once they are posted at the bottom of this page – just click the button that says "Videos of Master Class" or scroll down.  Please email me before you miss the class (if possible!) and let me know that you know how to make up the work.  Use the buttons here to navigate to the videos and quizlets.  (Observers can come to one class or all of them and you don't have to notify me in advance – please just join right at the beginning of class!)

What are the expectations about video on or off?  Who will participate?

Good question!  At the beginning of each class session, everyone has their video turned on so that we can all see each other and say hello.  Then I ask observers to turn their video off and only students leave their video on, so that they are in the foreground.  We will sing a little after class ends, and everyone is welcome to turn on their video at that time if they stay.

Can I record the sessions?  Will you?

I will record the sessions and make them available to participants, including both students and observers, so that they can become a learning tool for everyone – me, included!  I plan to use them to become a better teacher.  It's also possible that other teachers will want to see excerpts or whole sessions – to understand more clearly how pronunciation is learned and to think about how we can do a better job teaching it.  I may also use video or audio clips or transcripts from the sessions professionally in the future (such as in presentations to other teachers and/or students) and I may allow other researchers to use them as well.

Do you accept donations?

I am grateful for any donations that come my way!  I spend lots of hours creating resources for students and trying to make my Master Class the very best it can be, and donations are a very welcome expression of appreciation.  : )

How can I sign up for your Patreon Podcast?

Join our Russian Pronunciation Club on Patreon and sign up to receive audio exercises and pronunciation tips delivered directly to you multiple times a week via text and/or email through the Remind app (or simply log into Patreon to access the same resources.)  I’m sooo excited about this initiative!!!  A few minutes a day of focused practice can make a huge difference in long-term mastery, and I thought that regular texts (or emails) from me would be the best way to make it easy and fun for you.  I will tell you how to sign up for texts and/or emails on the Remind app in my welcome email when you become a Patron at the $5/month level.  I hope a bunch of you try this option out!!!

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