This course aims to develop the student’s knowledge of the Russian language and culture., Reading and writing in a different script will be developed through a variety of different exercises. Although there are plenty of challenges not only in terms of the alphabet and complex grammar, but the new vocabulary as well, students find that regular exposure several times weekly allows them to make steady progress. Considerable attention will be paid to the extension of vocabulary and grammar, but the text book we follow also includes an appreciation of Russian culture. The latter is represented by the inclusion of realia such as advertisements, metro maps, leaflets etc. This course is often popular among those students who are interested in the Russian revolution and the collapse of the Soviet empire.
Main features of the course
- Grammar: verbs endings the present and the past. Noun genders and case endings.
- Vocabulary: extending vocabulary by reading texts.
- Link up words: developing word links to enable a more fluid and structured approach to this subject.
- Reading aloud to encourage good pronunciation and oral/aural skills.
Preparation for the Course
- A Colloquial Russian course by Svetlana le Fleming (2009 edition or later)
- Revise known vocabulary & Get a dictionary
- Start researching topics which interest you
- View Russian films & Listen to Russian music
- Buy Russian newspapers and magazines
- Eat Russian food and try to find Russians to speak with
- To develop oral and written skills in order to improve communication in the language being studied.
- Develop fluency of language.
- To extend knowledge of national culture.
- Learn grammar rules which apply to this language.
- To be able to research the subject in more depth and independently.
- Good understanding of language studied.
- To be able to apply grammar rules effectively.
- To have more knowledge of national culture.
- To have developed effective research skills.
- To complete assignments on a weekly basis
Assessment will be continuous and consist of several assignments, as well as class tests, two of which will be undertaken in exam conditions and represent 50 % of the final grade.
Assessment will include:
- Vocabulary tests
- Completion of various assignments
- A written presentation in the target language on a topic agreed with the tutor
- Role plays; giving opinions
- An oral presentation in English of an aspect of national culture
- Evidence of research in the subject
- Participation in classroom
This class is normally delivered over one term, with 90 teaching hours or equivalent in Michaelmas term, and 60 teaching contact hours for Hilary and Trinity terms. For students requesting credit, we recommend the transfer of three college credits for Michaelmas and two college credits for Hilary and Trinity, on successful completion of the class and the final project.