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Russian Lower Intermediate (Year 2) Short Course

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Learn at a moderate pace with our Russian Lower Intermediate (Year 2) short course. Starting in October, you will progress through three parts over a one-year period.

Why choose this course?

Learn Russian in a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere.

Continue your journey of Russian with this Lower Intermediate course, which will enable you to communicate confidently in a variety of situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.

The Russian Lower 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. The course is taught using course books that fully meet the Council of Europe’s criteria for accreditation at A1 level and students will work towards meeting requirements for certification at A2 level.

In part 1 you will cover topics such as where you live, likes and dislikes, leisure time activities, colours and items of clothing.

Part 2 will be covering topics such as families, communications and weather.

Finally in part 3 you will learn vocabulary and grammar related to topics such as going out, daily routines and timetables.

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 complete knowledge of lower 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 and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

The Russian Lower 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. The course is taught using course books that fully meet the Council of Europe’s criteria for accreditation at A1 level and students will work towards meeting requirements for certification at A2 level.

Is it the right level for me?

You will need approximately 60 hours of Russian to start with part 1 in the October term, or perhaps you've completed our Year 1 Russian for Beginners short course already.

To join in later terms please see what will be covered in previous terms.

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

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Part 1

Grammar:

  • Plural nouns,
  • Genitive plural nouns,
  • Adverbs,
  • The accusative singular of adjectives,
  • The nominative and accusative plural of adjectives;

Topics:

  • Colours,
  • What you wear,
  • Likes and dislikes,
  • Where you live,
  • Leisure activities.

Part 2

Grammar:

  • Instrumental with verbs;
  • The future of "to be",
  • Plural noun and pronoun endings,
  • Introduction to verb aspects:
  • Imperfective and perfective;

Topics:

  • Families,
  • Communications,
  • Weather.

Part 3

Grammar:

  • Ordinal numbers,
  • Comparative adjectives and adverbs,
  • Conjunction to join two sentences,
  • Numbers in the genitive case;

Topics:

  • Going out,
  • Daily routines,
  • Timetables.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

Modules are taught at progressive levels: if you have 60 hours' prior learning or have completed our Russian for Beginners (Year 1) course you can start at part in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join part 2 of the Russian short course (in January), you must have completed part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on part 3 of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both part 1 and part 2 or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

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 the Beginners Russian course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

  • 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.

Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your 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 an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Students will need to purchase "Ruslan Russian 2" by John Langran and Natalya Veshnyeva, and the accompanying Workbook for Ruslan Russian 2.

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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.