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Russian 4 for language degree students (LL321)



Intermediate. This module follows on naturally from Russian 3. This will offer continuity of learning for those who have completed the third level module and an opportunity for those with some knowledge to work at an appropriate level to develop their knowledge of the language.

Main Objectives

This module will strengthen reading and writing skills and will also reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the Russian language. Students will gain further insights into the culture and society of Russia. This module will offer a more advanced study of language structure and syntax and concentrate on using the target language for discussing and analysing topical issues in contemporary Russia.

To work towards B2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

Teaching and Learning

Weekly blended sessions for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • 3-hour class face-to-face on campus
  • 1-hour Culture online seminar in Microsoft Teams
  • 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 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: portfolio (10%)
Term 2: culture component assessment (15%)
Term 3: one reading/writing test (40%) + one speaking test (35%)


Alexandra Kulikova

Course Texts

Term 1: 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
Term 2: No textbook required

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. 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 contemporary Russia.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • understand the main ideas of complex text on concrete and abstract topics
  • understand extended speech in a variety of contexts, and the gist of current affairs programmes and films
  • read articles and reports relating to contemporary problems
  • interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints
  • write clear detailed texts on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform a variety of tasks at Level B2 Independent user (vantage) of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


The syllabus will include the following:


Education; remote working; mass media; travel and tourism; immigration; Russia: history, major cities and regions, culture and traditions, famous Russians.


Adjectives: short forms and comparatives; verbs of motion with and without prefixes; figurative use of verbs of motion; Imperative; gerunds; active and passive participles; subjunctive; conditional clauses; impersonal expressions; compound sentence construction; dependent clauses.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in Russian
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving, Critical thinking

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