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BA Politics and Russian / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
Russian Language 5
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Russian & E. European Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course aims to develop competence and accuracy in written and spoken Russian; to further reading, writing and translation skills; to consolidate knowledge of Russian grammar and to consider more advanced grammatical issues; and to increase awareness of current Russian usage in a variety of stylistic registers.
Pre-requisite : Completion of year abroad or permission of course leader.
Not available as a free choice unit. If the level is appropriate, however, the convenor may admit an external student.
- To further develop students’ linguistic skills after their period of residence abroad in Russia.
- To focus on both Russian language and the contemporary Russian cultural and social context.
- To widen participation within the body of students studying Russian.
- To contribute to society through the development of knowledge about different cultural customs and traditions and multiculturalism.
Oral Topics :
- During oral classes students will speak about social and political issues in modern Russia. They will discuss youth in Russia and Britain, will compare different educational systems, will become familiar with the countries’ demographic situation and will learn about Russian attitudes toward ecological problems.
- Passive and Active Voice.
- Sequence of tenses.
- Word order.
- Infinitive Construction.
- English Gerund.
Teaching and learning methods
Translation and writing skills will be developed with the help of regular homework assignments, some of which do not count towards the final course mark but will help students to gauge their progress in preparation for summative assessment.
Oral/aural skills will be developed through a parallel series of practical classes and work assignments to be undertaken by students in their own time in the Language Centre.
Extensive resources will be available via Blackboard. These will include copies of handouts and PowerPoint presentations used in class; required homework exercises; links to online language learning and translation resources and to required and recommended readings (where appropriate).
Knowledge and understanding
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Handle grammatical structures appropriate to the level of study;
- Apply advanced comprehension and translation skills to a variety of texts/grammatical points
- Communicate in written form and orally on a variety of topics
- Problem solving
- Synthesis and analysis of data and information
- Critical reflection and evaluation
- Use library, electronic and online resources.
- Improve communication and negotiation skills.
- Speak, read and write in Russian.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
By the end of this course students will be able to improve their:
- Computer Literacy.
- Time Management.
- Analytical skills
- Capacity to analyse and make critical judgements.
- Oral communication
- Ability to speak a modern foreign language. 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.
Weighting within unit
1. One progress test in Written Russian held in Semester 1.
2. In-class presentation in Semester 2.
3. Oral examination, taken at the end of Semester 2.
4. Final examination on English to Russian Translation and Composition in Russian, taken during the May-June examination period.
English to Russian translation and Composition in Russian:
- Individual (including formative marks) and general feedback on assignments, combined with in-class analysis of typical errors and difficulties.
- Individual written feedback on the in-class Progress Tests (end of Semester 1).
- Individual corrections and recommendations based on in-class activities.
- Individual written feedback on the in-class Oral presentation (Semester 2).
- Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000)
- Derek Offord, Modern Russian: An Advanced Grammar Course (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1997)
- E. Vasilenko, A. Yegorova, E. Lamm, Russian Verb Aspects (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1988)
I. S. Ivanova, L. M. Karamysheva, T. F. Kupriianov, M. G. Miroshnikova, Sintaksis (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1998)
Students will also need dictionaries:
- The Oxford Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
E. M. Mednikova & Iu. D. Apresian (eds.), New English-Russian Dictionary (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1993)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Elizaveta Langley||Unit coordinator|
4 hours per week (2 hours of writing in Russian (English to Russian Translation and Composition in Russian) and 2 hours of oral practice