Russian for Beginners  Short Courses

Would you like to learn Russian in a relaxed, friendly and yet challenging atmosphere? This course, based on the communicative approach to learning foreign languages, encourages students to speak Russian starting from lesson one.

During terms 1, 2 and 3 you will be taught using course books that fully meet the Council of Europe criteria for accreditation at A1 level.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

Delivered by an expert tutor, our Russian Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, the Russian Beginners course is perfectly suited to those working full time or anyone looking to improve their language skills and knowledge.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Wednesday 4 October 2017 18:30 -20:30 10 weekly classes £235.00 CS1842 Apply Now
Wednesday 17 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £235.00 CS1842 Apply Now
Wednesday 2 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £235.00 CS1842 Apply Now
Wednesday 4 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 CS1842 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Navcha Murray, is a qualified teacher of Russian with several years of experience in teaching in City Lit and City University. She is from Mongolia, but was educated solely in Russian from the age of 8 till 18.

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English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

Over the duration of the 10 week Russian Beginners short course you will learn:

Week 1

  • To introduce yourself;
  • To ask questions by changing the intonation;
  • To read some words in Russian;
  • To hold a short conversation in Russian.

Week 2

  • To read and understand some place names;
  • To hold a short conversation in Russian ("Going through customs at the airport").

Week 3

  • To conjugate and use the verb "know" with pronouns "I" and "You" (formal, polite "You");
  • To ask for places (tube, theatre, restaurant etc.);
  • To recognize more place names.

Week 4

  • To introduce yourself and others (nationalities, countries);
  • To learn a poem by A.S.Pushkin.

Week 5

  • To give and receive directions;
  • To hold a short conversation with your acquaintances;
  • T count till 20;
  • To sing Russian song.

Week 6

  • To talk about yourself;
  • To talk about your family;
  • To conjugate the verb "жить".

Week 7

  • To talk about the past in certain situations;
  • To count till 100;
  • To sing a Russian song to practice Past Tense.

Week 8

  • To invite someone to a restaurant;
  • To hold a short telephone conversation;
  • Some of the words you will need if you stay in a Russian hotel.

Week 9

  • To describe places using short adjectives;
  • To hold a conversation about a trip to Russia.

Week 10

  • Games to revise fluency and accuracy on the content of the course.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading

The tutor will provide materials in class.

Application Deadline: