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Russian for Beginners I

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This course is aimed at absolute beginners and will introduce students to the Russian language and culture.

Students will learn to read the Russian alphabet and practise basic conversation and language structures.

This course is for students who are absolute beginners of Russian, who wish to be able to read the signs/map/metro plans and to hold very basic conversation when travelling to Russia.

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Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Talking about yourself and your family.
  • Grammar: the alphabet, pronunciation - voiced and voiceless consonants
  • vowel "O" in an unstressed position, personal pronouns
  • gender of nouns, possessive pronouns
  • forming questions, present tense and plural of nouns.

The photocopies of the learning material will be provided

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have reading and listening class tests. You may be asked to write short texts as homework. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.