Russian: Level One (Standard)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev TW3 6.01A 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 (the language command in these areas is expected to be appropriate to the level and task with differentiation of recognition and active usage):

  • 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.



16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 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 -  John Langran & Natalya Veshnieva,  Ruslan Russian -1, 5th edition 2012. ISBN:: 978-1899785834           
  • Optional - N. Bitekhina et al, Living Russian Grammar, Moscow: CREF, 2003, ISBN-13: 978-0954433307 



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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 16

Average class size 2015/16: 15

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