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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1021 Practical Russian Language Skills

10 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Dr Sarah Hudspith

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

Pre-requisite qualifications

Minimum requirement grade A at AS Level Russian or equivalent


For Single Honours: SLAV 1023

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLAV 1010 Beginning Russian I

Module replaces

SLAV 1001 Russian Language A: Listening and Reading.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Prerequisite: A or AS Level in Russian Language.Opening a door onto one of the richest, most interesting and unexplored cultures of the world, Practical Russian Language is demanding yet rewarding. It is designed to develop students' previous knowledge of the language and train participants in all aspects of practical language skills. This module also prepares students for their period of study in Russia by focusing on a variety of written and audio-visual material.Teaching: practical classes in reading comprehension and translation, oral and audio-visual and grammar (3 hours per week).Assessment: One 1-hour listening comprehension examination (January exam period); one 2-hour written examination consisting of translation from and into Russian and grammar exercises (January exam period); and an oral examination (January exam period).


This module is intended for students who are studying Russian on Programme A (ie having already obtained A2, AS grade A or equivalent in Russian). The module is designed to train participants in all aspects of practical language skills, and aims to prepare students for their period of study in Russia by focusing on authentic written and audio-visual material in a variety of registers and styles.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- understand conversation on everyday topics and handle conversational subjects adequately;
- read authentic but abridged texts on a variety of non-specialist subjects;
- have a thorough knowledge of the essentials of Russian grammar and use them accurately both in speaking and writing.


The module is based on sections of the audio-visual course "V Moskvu? V Moskvu!" plus reading and translation texts provided by the Department. Skills to be developed include:

- listening, answering questions in Russian and English, role-play, discussion (1 hour oral and audio-visual work);

- translation R-E and E-R, reading, comprehension (1 hour);

- grammar (1 hour)

Teaching methods

Practical classes: 33 x 1 hour

Methods of assessment

1 listening comprehension exam: 1 hour 30%
1 written exam: 2 hours 40%
1 oral exam 15 minutes 30%

all at end of semester.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/01/2008


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