Russian: Level Three (Standard)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev TW3 6.01A and Mrs Natalia Bershadski


For all students who aim to reach the Advanced level of proficiency in Russian.

Language skills and knowledge of Russian at the A2 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages; 180 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 bring students’ knowledge of written and spoken Russian up to higher intermediate/advanced level, corresponding to level B1 of CEFR
  • To develop an ability to communicate effectively in Russian (using high-frequency vocabulary and structures) in a variety of social situations.
  • To enable students to follow and discuss social, political and economic issues related to Russian-speaking countries at a intermediate to advance language level
  • To establish linguistic skills and attitudes required for promoting and facilitating further study of Russian.

Communicative Content: The course is focused on the following aspects:

  • linguistic implications and use of the subjunctive and conditional modes;
  • mastering a broader range of vocabulary; performing a variety of tasks in a wider range of factual, persuasive and expressive language contexts;
  • combining and recombining language elements to accomplish tasks; reviewing and analysing key issues within a topic studied;
  • summarising the main ideas of a short document in a target language.

Structural Content: The course covers a wide range of vocabulary required for communicative functions and focuses on the following linguistic structures (the command in these areas is expected to be appropriate to the level and task):

  • aspects of verbs;
  • comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs;
  • negative and indefinite adverbs; subjunctive mood; participles and gerunds;
  • compound sentences & syntactic structures.


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

Svetlana Le Fleming & Susan Kay,  Colloquial Russian 2, Routledge, 2003/2015 ISBN: 978-1138960190


  • Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, Blackwell, 2010, ISBN: 978-1405136396
  • T.R. Beyer, 501 Russian Verbs, 2008, ISBN: 978-0764137433
  • Oxford Russian Dictionary, eds M.Wheeler, B. Unbegaun & D. Thompson, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0198614203


Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT and ST.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

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