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Russian 1 (LL122)



This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of Russian. This will provide the opportunity for students across the University to acquire basic communication skills with the aim to be able to cope abroad and to begin to read texts of various registers.

Please note, that final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Main Objectives:

The prime aim of this module is to enable students:

  • to develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks;
  • to begin to develop strategies for language learning;
  • to achieve A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

Successful completion of Russian 1 qualifies students to progress to Russian 2.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.


One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • two-hour synchronous online seminar in Microsoft Teams
  • one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study
  • independent study

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


Term 1:
one Interim test (10%)
Term 3:
one Speaking test (40%)
one Reading/Writing test (50%)

Marking criteria (written) - Levels 1 and 2 European

Marking criteria (oral) - Levels 1 and 2 European


Maria Wald

Course Texts

  • Let's go! Poekhali! A course for beginners: textbook. Part 1.1. - new 2nd ed.- Chernyshov S.I., Chernyshova A.V. - St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2019. ISBN: 978-5-907123-06-9
  • Let's go! Poekhali! A course for beginners: workbook. Part 1.1. - new 2nd ed. - Chernyshov S.I., Chernyshova A.V. - St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2019. ISBN: 978-5-907123-08-3
Check the full reading list here

Course Description

The module provides a general foundation in the language. Students will develop and practise basic reading and writing, listening and speaking skills. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) will not only provide an introduction to Russian grammar and syntax but also contribute to giving the students an insight into everyday life in Russia.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • develop strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • interact in a simple way and ask & answer questions on familiar topics
  • write short simple texts
  • gain insight into everyday life in the relevant countries

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 Basic user (breakthrough) of the Common European Framework.


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills:

Term 1: introduction, talking about oneself and family; expressing preferences;
Term 2: sport and leisure activities; people and places in Russia; talking about everyday activities; making a meeting arrangements; talking about jobs.


Term 1: an introduction to fundamental features of Russian grammar and essential basic structures, making it possible to use the present tense in order to function in a range of everyday situations.
Term 2: will introduce a range of standard structures making it possible to deal with more complex interactions and to talk about events in the past and about plans for the future.

Subject-specific and transferable skills

  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural competence
  • Written and spoken communication

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