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Russian 3 (LL253)



This module follow on naturally from Russian 2 / Russian Beginners Accelerated. It 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:

This module 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 module 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


Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is one weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

two-hour face to face (small group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

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 3,4,5

Marking criteria (oral) - Levels 3,4,5


Alexandra Kulikova

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
Check the full reading list here

Course Description

This module offers 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 and acquire confidence in using Russian, with due regard to accuracy of grammar and syntax and to familiarise them with essential reading techniques that will support further independent study of the written language;
  • learn about 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 insight into everyday life in the Russian speaking countries.

Successful completion of Russian 3 qualifies students to progress to Russian 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 that are 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.



  • Life style of a contemporary student
  • Work
  • Biographies
  • Russian cities and people
  • Education in Russia or home country
  • Cultures, traditions and customs


  • Revision of cases
  • Verbs: reflexive verbs, aspects of verbs
  • Verbs of motion with and without prefixes
  • Comparative and superlative
  • Introduction to active and passive participles
  • Syntax: compound sentence construction, dependent clauses

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