Russian: Level Four (Standard)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev TW3 6.01A and Dr Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia


For all students who aim to reach proficiency in Russian.

Language skills and knowledge of Russian at the B1 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages; 250 hours of language learning (including self-study).

All students must gain permission of the tutor in the Needs Analysis Interview to take this course.

Course content

Course Aim:

  • To consolidate students’ command of written and spoken Russian.
  • To gain an insight into aspects of social, political and cultural life in Russia and other Russian speaking countries.
  • To establish linguistic skills and attitudes required for promoting and facilitating further study of Russian.
  • To bring the students to level B2 of CEFR.

Communicative Content: At the end of the programme students will be able to demonstrate competence in the use of communicative functions in the four skills (oral, aural, reading, writing) by:

  • showing competence in the use of complex and technical language in a variety of contexts and with a substantial requirement to select and adapt appropriate language strategies;
  • being able to respond to a wide range of spontaneous foreign language interventions;
  • being able to use a variety of sources (print, audio, video, IT based);
  • handling factual knowledge within specific perspective;
  • being able to produce, in a coherent and structured way, an oral presentation and a written work within the framework of studied topics;
  • being able to grasp the main ideas of a document in a target language and produce a coherent summary in English.

Structural Content:

  • This course is focused on discussion, gist translation and essay work, based on extracts from newspaper articles, recorded materials and topical texts.
  • All major grammatical areas are revised and covered in depth; particular attention is paid to syntax. In written work the emphasis is on structure and register of the language.
  • The language command in these areas is expected to be appropriate to the level and task with the emphasis on active usage.


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

The course is based on the current Russian press and media materials.


  • Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, Blackwell, 2010 ISBN: 978-1405136396
  • Nicholas Rzhevsky, Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2012, ISBN: 978-0521175586


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: 7

Average class size 2015/16: 7

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