2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SLAV1101 Core Russian Language 1
20 creditsClass Size: 20
Module manager: Pavel Gudoshnikov
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
Pre-requisite qualificationsMin Grade C in A level Russian, or grade A in AS level Russian
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Beginning Russian 1
|Beginning Russian 2
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is intended for students with Russian A Level or equivalent. 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. Students will develop their written and spoken Russian, as well as their general linguistic skills, through reading and translating authentic texts, creative writing, consolidating and learning new grammar points, and regularly speaking with native speakers on a range of structured topics.
ObjectivesThis module focuses on the development of reading, listening, speaking and writing skills through a variety of language exercises, including work with an in-house video course that prepares students for their Year Abroad. Students will develop their written and spoken Russian, as well as their general linguistic skills, through reading and translating authentic texts, creative writing, consolidating and learning new grammar points, and regularly speaking with native speakers on a range of structured topics.
Students will be prepared for their period of study in Russia by regular use of authentic written and audio-visual material in a variety of registers and styles.
1. understand general conversation on everyday topics and handle conversational subjects adequately;
2. read authentic texts (which may be abridged) on a variety of non-specialist subjects;
3. produce simple, structured pieces of creative writing, demonstrating grammatical accuracy and a broad vocabulary on selected topics;
4. have a thorough knowledge of the essentials of Russian grammar and demonstrate the ability to adhere to the rules of Russian grammar both in speaking and writing.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- touch type in Russian in standard software, (in Microsoft Word and email packages);
- understand authentic speech, audio recordings and written texts of a suitable level;
- assimilate and develop essential vocabulary from teaching materials;
- recognise and identify basic grammatical and syntactical patterns in the language materials used;
- take an active part in classroom discussions in the target language;
- have an awareness of a range of registers in both the spoken and written language.
The module will consist of three weekly practical language classes that focus on:
- the development oral and writing skills via an in-house video course.
Training in word-processing in Russian will also be provided and students are expected to improve their typing skills independently using an electronic typing tutor.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study- Preparation per contact hour: 60 X 1 hours = 60 hours
- Homework: 40 hours
- Preparation for assessment: 40 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThere will be short weekly homework tasks and regular written and oral exercises not formally assessed for the purposes of formative feedback.
Feedback will also be given on class tests to support revision for the invigilated and oral examinations.
Class participation will also be used to monitor progress.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|2 x In-class tests
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
I x In-class test due Sem 1 Week 10. 2 x In-class test due Sem 2 Week 8
|% of formal assessment
|Online Time-Limited assessment
|48 hr 00 mins
|Practical Exam / OSCE
|0 hr 15 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 21/02/2024
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