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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Russian Language 4
|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 consolidates knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar (such as case and aspect); considers more advanced issues (such as gerunds and participles); develops the active command of spoken Russian. Classes are complemented by a range of independent language learning activities delivered via Blackboard.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Russian Language 3||RUSS51030||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
Not available as a free choice unit. If the level is appropriate, however, the convenor may admit an external student.
• To attract students who will benefit from studying a modern foreign language.
• To prepare students for their period of residence abroad in Russia.
• 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
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this course students will be able to:
• Handle grammatical structures appropriate to the level of study (formation and usage of gerunds [verbal adverbs]; formation and usage of active and passive participles [verbal adjectives]; short-form participles and adjectives; numbers; impersonal constructions)
• Read and translate authentic Russian-language texts on topics such as the mass media; the Russian government and Russian politics; and economics and business.
• Communicate in written form and orally on a range of complex topics (such as the Russian mass media, Russians today and everyday life in Russia, politics and business).
During this course students will deal with:
• Problem solving.
• Synthesis and analysis of data and information.
• Critical reflection and evaluation.
During this course students will be able to:
• 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.
- Ability to maintain independence of thought.
- 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
Formative or Summative
Weighting within unit (if summative)
Continuous assessment of class work, consisting of¿¿ two¿in-class grammar Progress¿¿ tests (one in each Semester);
20% (10% each)
Continuous assessment in oral classes, consisting¿¿ of two Progress Tests (one¿¿ in each Semester);¿¿
20% (10% each)
Oral examinations, held at the end of each Semester
60% (30% each)
Students will be expected to submit a piece of work as requested by their tutor every week.
This coursework is formative and it does not count towards the final course result. However, it is essential to do it consistently in order to gradually get the necessary preparation for the final exam
Formative or Summative
In-class tests will be marked within a week. All individual comments and feedback will be written on a special feedback form; if required, guidance on how to improve performance in further assessments will also be provided on this form. Generic feedback to the whole class will be also given during the lesson following the in-class test.
Oral classes: students will receive oral feedback during oral sessions as well as written comments on their prepared written topics.
After the oral exams at the end of each semester , special feedback forms will be available for all students upon request.
- Elena Simms, Tatiana Romanova "Russian in a Contemporary World" A Textbook for Intermediate Russian (Routledge, 2019)
- Derek Offord, Modern Russian: An Advanced Grammar Course (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1997)
- Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000)
- Dual-Language 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)
- Single-Language Dictionaries:
- S. Ozhegov, Slovar’ russkogo iazyka (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 2000)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Elena Simms||Unit coordinator|
Scheduled activity hours include
Grammar Classes: 44.0
Oral seminars: 88.0