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Russian Intermediate (Year 3) Short Course

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This intermediate-level course will help you to develop fluency in the Russian language, build on your grammar and vocabulary and gain knowledge of Russian culture.

Why choose this course?

Learn Russian in a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere.

Taught mostly in Russian, this language short course is perfect if you've taken our Russian Lower Intermediate course or have some grasp of conversational Russian.

With this Intermediate course, you will learn to communicate confidently and socialise with Russian speakers.

The Russian Intermediate (Year 3) course will cover more advanced grammar and extensive vocabulary. The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a thorough understanding of intermediate Russian at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers. Gain a certificate from a prestigious London university.

Course overview

The Russian Intermediate course, based on the communicative approach to learning foreign languages, encourages students to develop all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking with particular emphasis on speaking abilities. You will be working towards a CEFR A2/B1 level.

Is it the right level for me?

You will need approximately 90 hours of Russian  or a good or recent GCSE to start with Part 1 in the October term, or perhaps you've completed our Year 2 Russian Lower Intermediate short course already.

If you are new and want to join this course please contact Navcha, our Russian tutor on so she can assess your level.

You can make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.

  • “ Navcha is an excellent teacher. Despite the disadvantages of online teaching she still managed to make the lessons fun and interesting. We are all still keen to carry on with our Russian studies thanks to her. ”


    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Part 1


  • Different forms of adjectives
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Adverbs
  • Instructions with imperatives
  • Verbs of motion
  • Verb aspect in Russian


  • Healthy living
  • Free time
  • My day
  • Making plans for the future
  • Describe traditions

Part 2


  • Reflexive verbs
  • The passive voice
  • The passive voice of reflective verbs
  • Cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers
  • Possible and impossible conditions
  • Indirect speech
  • Conditional and subjunctive moods


  • Likes and dislikes
  • Fashion
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Epic trips
  • Illnesses / accidents

Part 3


  • Relative pronouns
  • Adjectival pronouns
  • Demonstrative pronouns;
  • Common expressions using modal verbs
  • Precision with numerical information
  • Using phrases and prepositions


  • Media
  • Weather
  • Accommodation/ ideal home
  • Travel
  • Work and leisure



Prerequisite knowledge

Modules are taught at progressive levels: if you have 90 hours' prior learning or have completed our Russian Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course you can start at part in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Part 2 or Part 3 of the Intermediate course, you must have completed the previous parts or be familiar with the content taught therein.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

Applicants should have fluent English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include:

  • role-playing;
  • classroom discussion;
  • pair and group work;
  • work on pronunciation and intonation;
  • grammar in context.

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded a certificate of completion if you have attended at least 70% of the lessons.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

The tutor will instruct you on which course book to purchase and will provide learning material in class.

Tutor information

  • Navcha Murray

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