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Russian

This course can be taken for credit

General LFA (19-week course)

Level 1

Russian Level 1 (LFA00007L) 

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of the target language. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The course has two main aims. The first is to equip you with the key language skills to enable you to communicate in Russian at a basic level, or to facilitate a trip to the countries where the target language is spoken The second is to facilitate the acquisition of grammatical structures in Russian, which will provide the foundation for more in-depth study later on. This course focuses on general structures and functions and includes practice in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • communicate simply but effectively in Russian at an elementary level
  • understand basic cultural and social aspects of the language
  • talk about yourself and understand when others tell you about themselves and their circumstances, including jobs
  • order food, ask about prices
  • ask for / understand directions, opening times and how to find facilities
  • feel confident about pronouncing Russian correctly, understanding and making yourself understood by a native speaker at an elementary level
  • describe things
  • learn numerals up to 100
  • write short messages accurately
  • understand basic written instructions, signs and short communications
  • understand simple information received in aural form
  • have a knowledge of basic grammatical structures for the language in question
  • feel confident about pronouncing words correctly

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on real-life situations. Grammar will be taught in context and general terms. 

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material website.

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Level 2

Russian Level 2 (LFA00008L) 

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with previous knowledge of the target language (e.g. who have taken Russian Level 1 or equivalent). It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.

You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The key aim of the course is to extend your language skills in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and improve confidence, with the aim of increasing your ability to understand and communicate in Russian. Grammar revision will form part of the course to help improve accuracy.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand and participate more fully in conversations that might occur in everyday situations with improved fluency and pronunciation
  • talk about what you have done and will be doing
  • talk about yourself and your family
  • describe people
  • talk about the weather and your hobbies
  • learn numerals up to 1000
  • order food & drinks, book a table and understand menus
  • book a hotel room and enquire about facilities
  • understand basic written instructions, signs and short communications
  • speak with a better pronunciation so that you will be more easily understood
  • feel more confident about pronouncing Russian correctly, understanding and making yourself understood by a native speaker

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on real-life situations. Grammar will be taught in context and general terms. 

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material website.

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Level 3

Russian Level 3 (LFA00027C)

Prerequisites

This module is aimed at those who have successfully completed the Level 2 course or an equivalent post-beginners course, or who have spent a reasonable amount of time in a country where the language is spoken. The course is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.

You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The aims of the module are to:

  • Enable students to further develop their four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) at an intermediate level.

  • Approach up-to-date topics that provide the opportunity to develop language skills practically. This topic-based approach also provides an opportunity for tackling various important cultural aspects that will facilitate both understanding cultural identity and learning the language.

  • Give students more confidence in using the language in daily communication and in using the acquired skills for further studies in a variety of specialisations (e.g. history, politics, business).

Objectives

On completion of LFA Russian Level 3, students will have acquired competence in a range of intermediate level language tasks in work and social contexts, and will be able to use a range of language structures and style to meet the needs of situations and topics. The level acquired in each of the four language skills is as follows:

  • General: better engagement in speaking the language, ability to express feelings and conduct conversation independently rather than relying on situational dialogue topics. More confidence and fluency acquired.
  • Speaking: gaining more fluency in speaking and better pronunciation of words and expressions and an ability to conduct independent conversation in Russian.
  • Listening: a better-trained ear in understanding the use of intonation in speaking. Ability to recognise and distinguish the use of texts in Russian and to challenge comprehension skills.
  • Reading: further development in reading skills and fluency.
  • Writing: acquiring better understanding of Russian sentence structures and a sense of appreciation for style in writing.

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on real-life situations. Grammar will be taught in context and general terms. 

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material website.

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Register for a course

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Year-long course fees 2022/23

£0 if taken for credit

£245 University of York students

£325 over 60s/students from other universities/schools (You will be required to provide proof that you are eligible for this discounted rate)

£370 University of York staff/public