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2024/25 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 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Min Grade B in A level Russian, or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLAV1010Beginning Russian 1
SLAV1020Beginning Russian 2
SLAV1140Russian Language for Heritage Speakers

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is intended for students with Russian A Level or equivalent. The module is designed to train you in all aspects of practical language skills, and aims to prepare you for your period of study in a Russian-speaking country by taking a communicative approach. You will develop your written and spoken Russian, as well as your general linguistic skills, through working with texts, creative writing, consolidating and learning new grammar points, and regularly speaking with native speakers on a range of structured topics.


The aim of this module is to consolidate and extend your existing productive, receptive and interactive skills in the Russian language, in order to provide a firm linguistic preparation for your period of residence abroad. The objective will be for you to have reached a minimum proficiency at least equivalent to CEFR level A2 and be working towards CEFR level B1. The aim and objective will be achieved through the provision of a weekly grammar class targetted at linguistic accuracy, together with two further weekly practical classes aimed at developing both written and oral communicative skills.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module you will demonstrate your ability to:
1. understand and correctly use the foundations of Russian grammar
2. interact orally with reasonable ease in structured or predictable situations on selected topics, demonstrating a good level of grammatical, phonological and lexical accuracy, with some appreciation for the constraints of situation-bound usage
3. read and respond to texts (which may be abridged) on a variety of non-specialist subjects
4. produce structured pieces of creative writing on selected topics, demonstrating grammatical accuracy and a broad vocabulary.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module you will demonstrate your ability to:
5. express your thoughts clearly, coherently and with focus in both written and oral Russian
6. use the Cyrillic alphabet with confidence in digital contexts
7. show intercultural understanding and awareness of Russophone cultural contexts
8. adopt effective and proactive language learning strategies


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentIn-class tests - 2 x 50 minutes30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins40.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

The exam is a Computer Cluster Exam

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 18/06/2024


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