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Russian 3 (LL253) - Updated 2017/18



These modules follow on naturally from Russian 2. These will offer continuity of learning for those who have completed the second level module and an opportunity for those with some prior knowledge to work at an appropriate level to develop their knowledge of the language.

Main Objectives:

These modules will give the students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the language. These will offer an opportunity for students not specialising in foreign languages to improve their communicative competence as a supplement to their studies in other spheres. The objectives of the modules are to enable the students to develop competence in a range of language tasks performed in familiar work and social contexts, to extend skills in reading and listening comprehension and to consolidate and extend the knowledge and use of grammar and syntax.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS


One 3-hour language class each week for 21 weeks

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 Languages@Warwick (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


Natasha Moore

Course Texts

  • The Way to Russia: Russian language text-book part 2. Antonova V.E., Nakhabina M.M. St.Petersburg: Zlatoust. ISBN: 978-5-86547-400-5
  • The Way to Russia: Russian language text-book - part 3 vol 1. Antonova V.E., Nakhabina M.M. St.Petersburg: Zlatoust. ISBN: 978-5-86547-504-0
Additional material
  • Russian Grammar Laminate Reference Chart (Quickstudy: Academic)
  • Let's repeat cases and prepositions: corrective course for students of Russian. V.S. Ermachenkova, Zlatoust, ISBN: 978-5-86547-784-6
  • Colloquial Russian 1 by Svetlana Fleming and Susana Kay; Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138949782
  • Grammar: "A Living Russian Grammar". Natalia Bitekhetina, Larissa Grouchevskaia. CREF
  • Russian Grammar, Schaum's outlines, James S. Levine, ISBN: 0-07-038238-7
  • Russian Language as Foreign, Amazing Stories, N.S.Novikova, ISBN: 9785893493931
  • About Russia and Russians. Malyshev G.G., Malysheva N.G. ( B1). Zlatoust, ISBN: 978-5-86547-605-4

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, specific information, and opinions
  • deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling
  • understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered
  • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
  • enter unprepared into conversation, and describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
  • produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 Independent user (threshold) of the Common European Framework.


Topical content - Talking about:

  • Life style of a contemporary student
  • Professions and current job market
  • Biographies
  • Education in Russia or home country
  • Cultural life in Russia (or other country)
  • Science field of interest

Grammatical content

  • Term 1 - revision of Cases
  • Verbs: reflexive verbs, aspects of verbs
  • Verbs of motion with and without prefixes
  • Active and Passive Participles in present, past
  • Short form of Passive participles
  • Comparatives of Adjectives
  • Syntax: compound sentence construction, dependent clauses

Course Description

These modules offer students the opportunity

  • to practise their communication skills, both listening and speaking, in order to take part in conversation and discussion in a range of predictable social and work-related contexts;
  • to improve their ability to read and translate texts of a range of register and topics: scientific papers, stories from classical Russian literature and articles on history, culture and contemporary society of the Russian speaking world.

The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) will not only provide the basis for consolidation of Russian grammar but also give the students further insights into everyday life in the Russian speaking countries.

Successful completion of Russian 3 qualifies students to progress to Russian 4.