Russian Language and Society 4 (proficiency)

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev PEL 6.01A and Mrs Irina Forbes


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


Completion of the Russian Language and Society 3 (Advanced) course (LN100) or an equivalent command of Russian is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory. 

Course content

Further advanced (up to proficiency) study of the Russian language within the framework of social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and web-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


30 hours of classes in the MT. 30 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.

Three hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials. Structured activities during reading week

Formative coursework

Students will be required to complete weekly language exercises.

Indicative reading

Colloquial Russian 2, by Olga Sobolev, Natasha Bershadski et al, Routledge, 2018. 

Addiitional: Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, Blackwell, 2010; Robert Service, The Penguin History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century, Penguin, 2015; Stephen White Understanding Russian Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2011; Nicholas Rzhevsky, Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2012; Russian newspapers on the web.


Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.

Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning.  This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels.  To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2018/19: 4

Average class size 2018/19: 4

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills