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BA Politics and Russian / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Russian Language 3

Unit code RUSS51030
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Russian & E. European Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit aims to develop students’ knowledge of Russian grammar, syntax and vocabulary and to develop students’ active command of spoken Russian. Oral/aural skills will be further developed through a parallel series of practical classes and work assignments to be undertaken by students in their own time in the Language Centre.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Russian Language 2 RUSS51022 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Pre-requisite RUSS10541 and RUSS10542


  • To broaden students’ knowledge of and mastery of the principles of the Russian language
  • To help students develop competence in spoken and written Russian beyond A-Level standard
  • To extend students’ knowledge of Russian culture and society by acquainting them with different Russian cultural customs and traditions




Grammar topics:

·         Verbal aspect (in past, present and future; in the imperative; verbal aspect with negation; verbal aspect in the infinitive).

·         Verbs of motion with and without prefixes; verbs of motion with spatial and non-spatial meaning.

·         Conditional mood.

·         Direct and Indirect Speech.

·         Particles.

Oral topics:

·         ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ [Future Profession]

·         ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ [Interviews]

·         ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ [Lifestyle]

·         ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ [Free Time]

·         ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ [Shopping]

·         ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿. [Healty. Healthy Living]

Teaching and learning methods

Three hours per week in Semester 1 and  four hours in Semester 2, supplemented by independent study in the Language Centre and a range of exercises delivered via Blackboard.

There is a wide range of eLearning resources available for this course unit on Blackboard, including prepared and systematized information about most essential Russian grammar topics, a large collection of on-line tests and self-check tasks, YouTube-hosted Russian cartoons as well as vocabulary lists.

For each topic covered in class there are also useful internet resources available for independent e-learning (on-line programs, helping to develop oral/aural skills, grammar tests, reference grammar books, quizzes and games)


Additional Information:

In order to meet the learning outcomes students are required to engage in regular independent language learning to work on the various language skills.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Handle grammatical structures appropriate to level of study.
  • Communicate in written form and orally on complex topics (e.g. to take part in discussion covering a range of issues such as leisure and travel, relationships and family, life in the city, transport and environmental issues).
  • Possess comprehension skills as an integral part of effective communication (e.g. to understand brief news items on TV and short literary texts).

Intellectual skills

This course develops abilities of::

  • Critical thinking.
  • Problem solving.
  • Synthesis and analysis of data and information.
  • Critical reflection and evaluation.
  • Translation.

Practical skills

These include:

  • Use and present material in the target language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
  • Use target language source materials appropriately
  • Use the library, the Language Centre and electronic and online resources (including Blackboard)
  • Improving communication skill

Transferable skills and personal qualities

These include:

  • Computer literacy
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Reflecting upon and improving own learning
  • Applying subject knowledge

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Capacity to analyse and make critical judgement.
Oral communication
Ability to speak a modern foreign language. Ability to express ideas clearly and confidently in public. Ability to express ideas clearly and confidently in public.
Written communication
Ability to express oneself clearly in writing.
Ability to maintain independence of thought. Ability to use discipline specific knowledge (language, culture, traditions and customs) in everyday situations and to become a valuable member of multicultural team/society. Capacity for self-appraisal, reflection and time management.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

1.         Four   in-class  grammar tests (two in each Semester)


2.         Four  in-class   writing/vocabulary tests (two  in each Semester)



3.         Oral exam, held at the end of Semester 2



4.         Written exam, held at the end of Semester  




50 min each




50  min  each



15 min




2 hours














Feedback methods

Individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments plus face-to-face discussion if desired.

In-class tests:

•          general comments after in-class grammar tests (including analysis, explanation and correction of most typical errors), following the relevant test;

•          individual written feedback based on the results of the in-class tests during  the lesson following the relevant test (plus face-to-face discussion, if desired)



• oral comments on students’ responses, during the relevant class;

• comments during class discussion regarding the accuracy and coherence of student responses;

• global comments on oral performance, given during the last week of class in Semester 2.


Recommended reading

Up to date grammar material will be available at the beginning of each semester

Set textbook:

-          Stanislav Chernyshov, Alla Chernyshova, Poekhali 2.1!: russkii iazyk dlia vzroslykh: bazovyj kurs (St Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2007)

Recommended reference grammars:

-          William Mahota, Russian Verbs of Motion for Intermediate Students (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996)

-          L. Muraviova, Verbs of Motion in Russian (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1995)

-          E. Vasilenko, A. Yegorova, E. Lamm, Russian Verb Aspects (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1988)

Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elizaveta Langley Unit coordinator
Elena Simms Unit coordinator

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