Russian: Level One (Super Standard)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev CMK. C614


To demonstrate full commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework and all assessments; to dedicate at least two hours a week for coursework, in addition to classes; to have a good command in two languages or to show a proven track-record in language learning. For all students who aim to acquire elementary level of proficiency in Russian.

Course content

Course Aim: To bring students’ knowledge of written and spoken Russian up to low intermediate level. To develop an ability to use Russian effectively for the purposes of practical communication in familiar work and social contexts. To deal with a variety of predictable simple language tasks (using limited vocabulary and linguistic structures) to meet the 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/A2 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; expressing preferences and intentions; giving advice; giving simple descriptions of people, objects places and weather; demonstrating awareness and ability to use formal and informal registers in a limited social context; handling a variety of survival situations at a elementary linguistic level. Structural Content: The course covers elementary vocabulary required for communicative functions and focuses on the following linguistic structures: gender of nouns; nouns & personal pronouns; adjectives & possessive adjectives in singular in all cases; formation of plural; expression of possession; basic usage of short adjectives; present, past & future tense of the verbs; imperative; reflexive verbs; basic verbs of motion; cardinal & basic ordinal numerals; wider range of adverbs; simple impersonal constructions; expressions of time.The command in these areas is expected to be appropriate to the level and task with differentiation of recognition and active usage.


18 hours of classes in the MT. 30 hours of classes in the LT. 12 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 60 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Course Books: J. Langran & N. Veshnieva, Ruslan Russian -1 (5th edition , 2012);J. Langran & N. Veshnieva, Ruslan Russian -2 (3-d edition , 2007) or S. Le Fleming & S. Kay, Colloquial Russian - 1, London: Routledge, 2010 (chapters 1-10). Additional: 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: 17

Average class size 2012/13: 7

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