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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 and apply the rules of phonetics. 

 

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 or take a look at some past classes.  You can email me with questions at kiradimattia@gmail.com and you can register below.  See you there!

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Eligibility & Cost

 

Who is eligible?

Master Class is designed for college students, graduate students, and adult professionals, but highly-motivated high school juniors and seniors age 16 or older are also welcome.  I have room for 25 students with cameras on during class; others may attend as observers.  This course assumes a degree of tech-savviness where students make video and audio recordings of themselves, navigate new websites, and manage several different passwords; if you struggle with computers, register as an observer the first time around!

What does it cost?

The fee for attending Master Class as a student (Zoom video on, interacting with Kira) is $180 for part-time or full-time students and $270 for adult professionals.  There is a discount for groups: if more than one student and/or professional from the same school takes the class as a student concurrently, each will receive a $40 discount after the first class meeting.  There is no fee for attending as an observer (Zoom video off, not interacting with Kira) and observers may come and go, attending one session or many without notifying Kira in advance.

 

The cost of the accompanying book for students is $20-$40, depending on whether you choose the 180-day digital rental or the hard copy (observers are not required to purchase the book in any format).  Click on Unlocking Russian Pronunciation to preview or purchase, or request a review copy.

 

Included in the cost of the course: Students can attend four optional Monday evening "check-in" group coaching sessions/office hours at no extra charge, and all students will receive individualized goals and feedback on a recorded passage at the beginning of the course.  Students can request additional feedback at the end of the course if they wish for a fee of $30.

​​A note about funding for college and graduate students: Colleges and universities often have funds available to students for supplementary educational experiences.  Ask your department chair about similar opportunities at your institution. 

 
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Register & Prepare for Class

The registration deadline is Wednesday, 9/22/2021 and the first day of the Sept/Oct 2021 session (five evening classes) is Thursday, 9/23/2021.  You can use this button to register for all of the class sessions at once.  It will take you to a short questionnaire; you will receive an email with a Zoom links once admitted.  You must have a Zoom account and be logged into Zoom in order to attend class.  If you are registering as a student, be sure to complete Steps 2-4. 

This button will be live once registration opens for the next session.  Please email me at kiradimattia@gmail.com if you'd like to be put on my mailing list – you'll receive a notification when registration opens. 

Step 1: Register on Zoom

Step 2: Pay the Course Fee (if attending as a student)

If you registered as an observer, there is no fee.  If you registered as a student (Zoom video on, interacting with Kira) please use the buttons below to pay the course fee.  The course fee is non-refundable after the first class meeting.  If more than one student or professional from the same school takes the class concurrently, each will receive a $40 discount after the first class meeting.  : )

(Select the appropriate amount based on your employment status.)

Step 3: Purchase the Book (if attending as a student)

Click the button to purchase the book.  You will also need:

  1. A Zoom account (free to sign up; always log in through your account)

  2. Paper and pen/pencil

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

  4. 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)

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

Step 4: Watch the Orientation Video

This video will help you get the most you can out of the course. 

This button will be live once registration opens for the next session. 

Step 5: Download the Password Cheat Sheet

Download the password cheat sheet now and start filling it out – it won't take long and you'll be ahead of the game on Day 1!

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Class Dates & Times

 

Class Dates & Times

Classes are 1.5 hours long except for the first class, which is 2 hours long.  Students are expected to attend each class.  If you must miss a class, email Kira in advance!  Check your email for a Zoom link after registering. 

Class Meeting #1 – Thursday, 9/23/2021

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

First class is longer – 2 hours!

Class Meeting #2 – Thursday, 9/30/2021

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

Class Meeting #3 – Thursday, 10/7/2021

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

Class Meeting #4 – Thursday, 10/14/2021

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

Class Meeting #5 – Thursday, 10/21/2021

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

Optional Coaching Sessions / Office Hours

Group coaching sessions/office hours are 15-45 minutes long (depending on attendance) and are optional.  Kira will work with one student at a time while everyone else practices at home on mute.  Past students have reported that these sessions really helped them apply what they learned in class, and they're a great time to get individual questions answered.  You can register here if you are a current student or observer.  Check your email for a Zoom link after registering.

Check-In #1 – Monday, 9/27/2021

7:00-7:45 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #2 – Monday, 10/4/2021

7:00-7:45 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #3 – Monday, 10/11/2021

7:00-7:45 p.m. EST (New York)

Check-In #4 – Monday, 10/18/2021

7:00-7:45 p.m. EST (New York)

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Syllabus

 

Week 1 – Sound & Identity

(Join Kira's Master Class for access to these links – register above!)

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If you have time after daily practice:

Target Practice Videos 1-6

Target Practice: Новая квартира

 

Optional:

Request feedback on recording here

Week 2 – Hard & Soft Sounds

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Week 3 – Vowel Reduction

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If you have time after daily practice:

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

Target Practice Videos 15-18

Target Practice: Lesson 3 Part 3

Target Practice: Новая квартира

Week 4 – Voicing Rules

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If you have time after daily practice:

 

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation (book) – Review Questions on p. 25 and Ex. 5 on p. 26

Target Practice Videos 19-24

Target Practice: Lesson 3 Part 3

Target Practice: Новая квартира

Week 5 – Phonetics Topics & Last Day!

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Ура!!! 

 

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

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 Videos of Class

 

Day 1 – Sound & Identity

5/20/2021

Day 2 – Hard & Soft Sounds

5/27/2021

Day 3 – Vowel Reduction

6/3/2021

Day 4 – Voicing Rules

6/10/2021

Day 5 – Phonetics Topics

6/17/2021

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PPT

 

Master Class with Kira

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Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Resources

 

(Green links are available to current Master Class participants – register above!)

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Orientation Video

Flipgrid Tutorial 0:59

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Lessons 1 & 2

Unlocking Russian Pronunciation – Instructional Videos

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Song Lyrics

Шпaргалка 

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FAQ

 

How can I request feedback on my pronunciation and individualized goals from you?

It's a great idea to do a "before" and "after" recording at the beginning and end of any learning experience so you can hear the progress you've made.  If you are currently registered as a student in my Master Class, feedback and goal-setting is included in the course fee.  If you are not currently registered as a student in my Master Class but would like feedback on your pronunciation, you can request it: click here, make a recording, email Kira with your request and a link or a recording attached, and click the button to pay.  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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