Russian: Level One (Standard)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev CMK. C614 and Mrs Natalia Bershadski


No previous knowledge required. For all students who aim to acquire survival level of proficiency in Russian.

Course content

Course Aim: To develop an ability to use Russian effectively for the purposes of practical communication at a survival level. To deal with a range of simple predictable language tasks (using limited vocabulary and linguistic structures) in order to meet language needs of everyday situations and topics. To establish linguistic skills and attitudes required for promoting and facilitating further study of Russian. To bring the students to level A1 of CEFR. Communicative Content: The course is focused on the following aspects: exchanging personal information, including studies, daily routine and outside interests; interpreting documents and data, containing some topical facts and figures of a country/place; giving basic descriptions of people, objects and places; expressing basic preferences and opinion; demonstrating awareness and ability to use formal and informal registers in a very limited social context; handling survival situations at a basic linguistic level. Structural Content: The course covers basic vocabulary required for communicative functions and focuses on the following linguistic structures: gender of nouns; nouns & personal pronouns in singular in all cases; adjectives and possessive pronouns; formation of plural; expression of possession; present & past tense of the verbs, imperative; cardinal numerals; basic adverbs; simple impersonal constructions; basic expressions of time. The language command in these areas is expected to be appropriate to the level and task with differentiation of recognition and active usage.


12 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of classes in the LT. 8 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Course Book: ,J. Langran & N. Veshnieva,  Ruslan Russian -1, 5th edition 2012. Optional: Grammar: N. Betekhina et al, Living Russian Grammar, Moscow: CREF, 2003. Dictionary: Oxford Russian Dictionary, eds M.Wheeler, B. Unbegaun & D. Thompson, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000.


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT and ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2012/13: 8

Average class size 2012/13: 8

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