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Russian Beginners Accelerated (LL293)

This module will not be offered in 2020/21. For information on an alternative Beginners modules running in 2020/21 – LL122 or LL28B - please see this page:



Beginners and near beginners. This module is open to students with no or basic prior knowledge of Russian as well as for speakers of other Slavic languages. The module is an ideal choice for those, who consider themselves bilingual or have strong linguistic abilities. Due to the 'accelerated' aspect of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a GCSE A* grade / A-level in another European language) is essential.

Main Objectives:

To develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks acquiring essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and insight into Russian society.


This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.


Two 2-hour language classes 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.


Maria Belova
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


  • Time for Russian (Русский сезон): Workbook. Nakhabina M.M., Antonova V.E. - St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2015. ISBN: 978-5-86547-847-8
Check the full reading list here


Course Description

A general foundation in language, extending across the four main skill areas (speaking, writing, listening and reading), with an emphasis upon the acquisition of an essential grammatical basis and development of both receptive and productive skills.

Successful completion of Russian Beginners Accelerated qualifies students to progress to Russian 3.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • understand the essentials of grammar and syntax;
  • demonstrate a competency in basic writing;
  • understand short texts in the target language;
  • demonstrate a reasonable standard of pronunciation and be able to communicate orally in basic situations;
  • understand spoken language;
  • show a range of vocabulary and strategies for dealing with unknown vocabulary


The syllabus will include the following:

Communication skills

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


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

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