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 the Russian for Beginners 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

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

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.

See her website: http://www.mongolian-russian-english-translation.co.uk

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

Term 1

WeekTopics
1 Initial assessment and:

  • Russian alphabet
  • Masculine and feminine nouns;
  • Pronouns.
2
  • Russian alphabet (continuation)
  • Masculine, neuter, feminine nouns
  • Personal and possessive pronouns
  • Numbers 0-10
3
  • All letters of the Russian alphabet;
  • Present tense conjugation of the verb – "знать
4
  • Genitive singular case of masculine and feminine nouns;
  • Nationalities;
  • Russian names.
5
  • Directions;
  • Genitive singular case of masculine and feminine nouns (continued).
6
  • Genitive singular with numbers;
  • Conjugation of verbs in Present Tense.
  • Prepositional case,;
  • Family;
  • Numbers 10-100.
7
  • The basic rules of the past tense;
  • Pronouns- formal and informal "YOU";
  • Conjugation of the verb "работать" и "делать" in Present tense.
8
  • Prepositional case (continued);
  • The full present tense forms of verbs covered. Booking into a hotel;
  • Months of the year.
9
  • Consolidation of noun cases;
  • Numbers;
  • Short adjectives.
  • Trip to Russian.
10
  • Workshop session

Term 2


Week

Topics
1
  • Ordering food;
  • Adjectives in nominative case;
  • Accusative case.
2
  • Present Tense of the verb "говорить"
  • Countries and languages;
  • Short form of adjectives ("Going out");
  • The days of the week.
3
  • Leasure time.
  • Adjectives (continued)
  • Numbers 100-1000
4
  • Inviting to a restaurant.
  • Genitive plural of masculine nouns;
  • Short adjectives;
  • Plural nouns.
5

Consolidation session:

  • Singular cases of nouns;
  • Conjugation of verbs in Present Tense.
6
  • Genitive singular with numbers;
  • Conjugation of verbs in Present Tense.
  • Prepositional case,;
  • Family;
  • Numbers 10-100.
7
  • Daily routines;
  • The verb to “go”.
8
  • Shopping for souvenirs;
  • Genitive plural; and
  • Prepositional case
9
  • Likes and dislikes;
  • Dative singular of nouns; and
  • More reflexive verbs
10
  • Workshop session

Term 3


Week

Topics
1

Developing vocabulary for describing yourself and your family; Introducing the story of “Ruslan book”

2
  • Room descriptions in Russian;
  • Instrumental singular of nouns.
3
  • Talking about your home and hometown.
  • Instrumental singular of nouns;
  • Short adjectives.
4
  • Talk about sports you play.
5
  • Genitive plural of feminine nouns;
  • Short adjectives;
  • Plural nouns.
6
  • Adjectives in the accusative singular;
  • The use of dative to express age;
  • More reflexive nouns.
7
  • Declension of personal pronouns;
  • Ordinal numbers
8
  • Nouns in dative, instrumental and prepositional plural;
  • The perfective and imperfective aspect of the verbs.
9
  • Instrumental case of nouns with the verb to work;
  • More on perfective and imperfective aspect of the verbs
10
  • Workshop session

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.

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