In this introduction to Russian language, culture, and history, students will develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They will be introduced to basic grammar concepts, vocabulary, and cultural highlights. Interactive elements include live instructor-led orientations and weekly lesson review activities, live one-on-one speaking appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. There are strong emphases on learning to speak the language as well as read and write it. This is the first course in a four-part Russian series (RUSS 041, 043, 051, and 053).