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Russian Post Beginners (L113) - Updated 2018/19



Post Beginners. You may have studied the language at school some years ago or attended a beginners' course of approximately 50 hours. You have a very limited vocabulary and some understanding of basic structures. You can just about cope with predictable situations but you lack confidence in other contexts.

Main Objectives:

The course will introduce new tenses and help you to communicate in everyday social or work situations.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.


1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.


Course Text - TBC

"Once upon a time..." (Zhyli-byli...), 28 Russian lessons for beginners: textbook, Miller L.V., Politova L.V.; St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2015. ISBN: 978-5-86547-789-1
"Once upon a time..." (Zhyli-byli...), 28 Russian lessons for beginners: workbook, Miller L.V., Politova L.V.; St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2015. ISBN: 978-5-86547-496-8

A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop.

Course Description

We will work to widen useful vocabulary used in everyday situations. A variety of exercises, role-plays will be carried out in class to make sure you understand and can use the language presented during the lesson. You will develop an understanding of Russian society and culture, reading texts about famous Russians, listening to music, watching video clips.

Homework will be set each week to help you to consolidate grammar and vocabulary learnt in class.


From Unit 10 of the text-book covers the following:


  • family;
  • daily routine;
  • my town/city
  • shopping;
  • food and restaurant;
  • expressing likes and dislikes;
  • hobbies
  • holiday/weather;
  • making arrangements/visiting friends


  • pronouns;
  • verb conjugation;
  • verbs of motion (introduction);
  • aspects of verbs (introduction);
  • imperfective present, past & future tense;
  • using adjectives and adverbs;
  • declension of nouns.


  • listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • with emphasis on listening and speaking to communicate in simple conversations.