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Russian 2 (LL216)



Pre-requisite: prior knowledge of Russian

  • A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
  • or GCSE level
  • or Language Centre Russian 1
  • or equivalent
Main Objectives
  • to understand and communicate in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions
  • to develop strategies for language learning
  • to achieve A2 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

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move fully online. 

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 reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)


Alexandra Kulikova

Course Texts

  • Time for Russian (Русский сезон): Russian language textbook. Nakhabina M.M., Antonova V.E. - St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2015. ISBN: 978-5-86547-538-5

Course Description

This module will give students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the Russian language. It will offer an opportunity for students not specialising in foreign languages to improve their communicative competence in Russian as a supplement to their studies in other spheres. Information regarding contemporary Russian society and customs will be provided through the audio-visual and written support used for the module.

Successful completion of Russian 2 qualifies students to progress to Russian 3.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • apply strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • gain insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • understand the main points in messages and announcements, and understand spoken language in areas of immediate personal relevance
  • interact about familiar topics and activities
  • write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


The syllabus will include the following:


This module will cover items such as: professions & future career aspirations, describing places and people, daily routine & telling the time, food: national cuisine & healthy lifestyle, expressing opinions, talking about the past & planning for future, sports and leisure activities, travel, holidays & places of interest, hometown and a capital city.


This module 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 using the present, past and future tenses (imperfective), use of cases and declension of nouns, adjectives & pronouns, verbs of motion (introduction), reflexive verbs, adverbs, comparatives and superlatives, conjunctions.

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

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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