What is the course about?
The course aims to give you an opportunity to discuss current affairs, read extracts from authentic literary sources and discuss general interest topics and Russian cinema. You will increase your fluency and improve your accuracy through revision of essential grammar structures.
What will we cover?
Current affairs in Russian (articles from newspapers and magazines); videos of Russian films; Russian literature and history.
Grammar: verbs of motion, imperfective and perfective verbal forms, present and past active participles, and any other relevant grammar points.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Learning outcomes will be negotiated with the tutor at the beginning of the course:
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Russian for at least 4 years and have a good knowledge of spoken Russian and grammatical structures.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g using money, telling the time, etc). It is essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please check with the tutor first.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Russian 5. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details