Russian: Level Five (Current Issues)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev C614 and Mrs Irina Forbes C614

Dr Olga Sobolev and Mrs Irina Forbes


Language skills and knowledge of Russian at the B2/C1 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages.

Students are expected to

  • demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework and all assessments
  • dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework in addition to classes.

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

Course content

Course aims:

  • To retain, enhance and expand previously acquired communicative skills;
  • To increase the ability to use Russian effectively for the purposes of advanced communication and comprehension in a variety of everyday, academic, and professional contexts;
  • To develop the ability to communicate confidently in Russian about a wide range of subjects related to the field of Social Sciences;
  • To bring course participants to level C1/C2 of CEFR.

Communicative Content:

  • Discussing and analysing contemporary social, politic and cultural issues and developments in Russian-speaking countries and societies;
  • Keeping up-to-date about developments in Russian-speaking countries by using Russian print and audio-visual media;
  • Talking and writing about people and their professions in greater detail;
  • Talking and writing about future research/study plans;
  • Reading and discussing a variety of texts, e.g. literary, journalistic, academic etc.
  • Expressing your opinion freely in discussions and arguments;
  • Agreeing and disagreeing, negotiating;
  • Speaking about events, explaining circumstances, causes and consequences;
  • Debating and interacting confidently in a discussion.

Structural Content:

  • In the context of the topics outlined above: revision of the most important grammatical structures and introduction to the lexical-grammatical characteristics of different registers and literary styles;
  • Focus on forms and structures related to Russian for Academic Purposes.


8 hours of classes in the MT. 11 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

This is a 20 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



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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 6

Average class size 2016/17: 5

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills