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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1023 Developing Russian Language

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 1021

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLAV 1010 Beginning Russian I

Module replaces

SLAV 1002 Russian Language A: Speaking and Writing.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Prerequisites: A or AS Level in Russian LanguageThis module is designed to develop and complement the core skills acquired in SLAV1021 by using an abridged form of a genuine Russian novella, in order to cover a wider range of vocabulary and syntax. It can also be taken by those who prefer to focus on literary Russian. Written work will consist of precis and essay writing on selected topics relevant to Russian culture and society. Oral discussions will also play a key role.Teaching: consists of practical language classes: 1 hour per week using a graded language reader and including reading comprehension and precis, and 1 hour essay writing and oral discussion.Assessment: Assessed essay, precis and oral discussion.


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 develop the core skills used in SLAV 1021 by using a longer reading text in the form of a graded language reader in order to give access to a wider range of vocabulary and syntax. In addition, written and spoken work will focus on extended tasks, namely pricis and essay writing on selected topics, and oral discussions.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- manage more linguistically challenging literary texts and show confidence and independence in dealing with unfamiliar language;
- demonstrate their understanding by being able to produce pricis in accurate written Russian;
- produce simple, structured creative writing, demonstrating grammatical accuracy and knowledge of a range of vocabulary on selected topics;
- deliver short, simple, structured oral discussions, demonstrating grammatical accuracy and knowledge of a range of vocabulary on a topic of their choice.


The module is based on S. le Fleming's Guide to Essay Writing in Russian, plus a graded language reader. T. Wade's A Comprehensive Russian Grammar and A Russian Grammar Workbook are recommended reading.

Skills to be developed include:

- comprehension and pricis, using the language reader (1 hour);

- essay writing and oral discussions (1 hour).

Teaching methods

Practical classes: 22 x 1 hour

Methods of assessment

1 assessed essay, 250 words, 40%
1 assessed oral discussion, 15 minutes with questions, 40%
1 assessed pricis on seen text, 20%
during the later part of the semester.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/02/2008


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