ULRU20010 - Intermediate Russian

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2 
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULRU10010, or a good pass GCSE (A*, A or B), if taken within the last 3 years
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Russian. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Russia. Students will be expected to use the resources in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest
  2. Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
  3. Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
  4. Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event
  5. Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2+/B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: One written test (25%), one dossier (10%)
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one aural (10%), one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (10%).

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Convenor

Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

Elena Simms

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Я люблю русский язык. Учебное пособие для продолжающих A2. / I love Russian. Liden & Denz. 2017. ISBN:9783952478714

Recommended texts

None.

Pathway

None.