Russian is one of the six official languages of the UN, similar to Italian in grammar and pronunciation. It is a world language- about 300 million people speak Russian throughout the world, particularly in Eastern Europe- which is an emerging market.
Russia is the country of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Shostakovitch and borscht! Learning the Russian language gives you a window into this fascinating country with its long history and rich culture.
Veronica Bowker, Russian Tutor
These descriptions are only a guide and some adjustments to the content of the course might be needed, depending on the students' level of participation, ability and needs.
This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Russian. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Russian is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar.
A continuation of Beginners' Russian I. Students with a GCSE or A Level in Russian (or completed A1 level from CEFR- Common European Framework of Reference) may join this module.
Intermediate I and II
Two intermediate courses in Russian for those students who have taken Beginners' Russian I or II or who have a GCSE in the language (or equivalent experience). These modules aim to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs.