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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)

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Learning

One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • 2-hour face-to-face class on campus
  • Some independent study will also be set

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 1: one interim test (10%)
Term 3: one reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)


Dr Maria Belova

Course Texts

Textbook: «Поехали!» (Let’s go!). Textbook 1.1, Chernyshov S.I., Chernyshova A.V. – St. Petersburg, Zlatoust, - new 2nd ed., 2019. ISBN: 978-5-907123-06-9

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.

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

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 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


The syllabus will include the following:


Introduction, talking about oneself and family; expressing preferences; sport and leisure activities; people and places in Russia; talking about everyday activities; making a meeting arrangements; talking about jobs.


This module, aimed at beginners, will provide an introduction to fundamental features of Russian grammar and essential basic structures, making it possible to function in a range of everyday situations. The module begins with the Cyrillic alphabet and the rules of spelling and pronunciation. The main grammatical areas covered: genders, personal and possessive pronouns, adjectives & adverbs, use of cases and declension of nouns, present and past tenses.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving

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