In the language classes emphasis is placed on gaining a thorough grasp of Russian grammar, combined with practical competence in speaking, reading, and writing. Sections are small and intensive. Classroom work is supplemented by computer-assisted language learning programs and audio-visual materials at the Learning Laboratory. Study of Russian literature begins with a general survey intended for first or second-year students, followed by monograph, period, and genre classes. Literature classes are generally offered in both English and Russian in order to give as many students as possible from other disciplines the opportunity to become acquainted with this important part of Russian life.