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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1010 Beginning Russian 1

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr James Wilson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLAV1101Core Russian Language 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Important: places on this course are limited, and will be granted on a first- come, first-serve basis, but only after students for whom Russian is a named part of their degree have been enrolled. Giving students an insight into one of the richest, most interesting and inadequately explored cultures of the world, Beginning Russian 1 is demanding yet rewarding. This module gives you a basic knowledge of the Russian alphabet, vocabulary and grammar, which will be improved upon throughout the semester. Emphasis will be placed on those areas of the language and grammar that are particularly difficult for native speakers of English. Students will also be exposed to authentic Russian through the medium of reading texts and recorded material. Knowledge of Russian affords you a better understanding of the country once described by Churchill as "a riddle enshrined in a mystery and wrapped in an enigma".


On completion of this module, you will be familiar with the pronunciation, alphabet and script of Russian and you will have been introduced to the case system of Russian nouns, adjectives and pronouns and the basic forms of the verb.
You will also have acquired a vocabulary that will enable you to understand spoken and written Russian within several topics, and you will be able to express yourself in spoken and written Russian using the vocabulary that you will have acquired.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will:
- have a good understanding of the basic grammar of Russian;
- read simple texts on a variety of non-specialist subjects;
- produce simple, structured pieces of creative writing;
- be able to converse on a number of topics using appropriate vocabulary and grammatical constructions.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will:
- have a basic knowledge of the Russian language;
- demonstrate good linguistic and analytical skills;
- demonstrate good presentation and communication skills;
- be familiar with a number of electronic resources for studying Russian and other languages and be able to type in Russian.


This module provides a practical introduction to the Russian language. It assumes no previous knowledge of Russian. Vocabulary, grammar and communicative situations will be introduced progressively to enable students to gradually expand their passive and active language skills.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the areas of Russian grammar that are difficult for native speakers of English and those features which present an awkward contrast with English. Students will also be exposed to authentic Russian through the medium of reading texts, recorded material and practical classes with native speakers.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

150 hours of private study and independent learning to supplement in-class tuition:
- Preparation for and follow-up after each class
- Weekly homework assignments
- Preparation for assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be short weekly homework tasks and regular written and oral exercises not formally assessed for the purposes of formative feedback.
Feedback will be given on the class tests to support revision for the invigilated examination.
Class participation will also be used to monitor progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment3 x vocabulary and grammar test (Week 3, 5 & 8)30.00
In-course AssessmentListening Test30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:46:41


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