Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Russian for Beginners 1/2

JR1 Acad. year 2004/2005 Winter semester 3 credits

The course is for complete beginners in Russian. The material is based on developing the communicative competence, especially in listening comprehension and effective reading and writing skills. At the beginning, the ability to write in Russian alphabet is practised systematically. Within the course students are also informed about the country, its culture, customs and specifications. Practising the new material and developing communicative skills is emphasized.


Language of instruction




Time span

26 hrs exercises

Assessment points



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Ability to write in Cyrillic and read it. Response adequately to heard and read situations. Mastering basic grammar structures and using them in speaking and writing activities. Ability to communicate in common everyday situations.

Learning objectives

Acquiring basic skills: reading comprehension, listening comprehension and ability to communicate in writing and orally in common everyday situations.

Syllabus of numerical exercises

  • Unit 1: introduction to Russian, first steps with the Cyrillic and pronunciation
  • Practising writing skills in Cyrillic and pronunciation, basic language structures
  • Further practising of basic patterns in speaking
  • Unit 2: greetings, basic numerals, specifications of stress
  • Meeting and introducing,intonation of questions and affirmative sentences
  • Telephoning, making a date, specifications of forms of address
  • Unit 3: giving personal information, verb conjugation in present tense, forming negative with verbs
  • Making an invitation, thanking, apologizing; further numerals and the case of nouns coming after numerals
  • Unit 4: expressing of enjoyment and wonder; female gender nouns, personal pronouns
  • Explaining misunderstandings; future tense, further numerals
  • Unit 5: more personal information; possessive adjectives, shifting stress with verbs
  • Changing intonation according to the meaning of the sentence; verb conjugation; revision
  • Autumn semester test written
  • Unit 6-invitation (accepting and rejecting); I and II verb conjugation
  • Giving information about spending leisure time; conjugation of reflexive verbs
  • Weekly programme ;verb conjugation
  • Unit 7: going to the theatre and cinema(invitation); ordinal numbers
  • Expressing personal impressions; saying the date, pronoun declension
  • Address writing, answering to advertisement; intonation of various types of questions
  • Unit 8: enrolling to language course, finding the way round the building; past tense; the polite form of addressing people
  • Asking and giving answers about study; pronoun and noun declension
  • Unit 9: asking the way and giving directions,means of transport; gender of nouns
  • Going shopping; verb conjugation,pronunciation of preposition patterns
  • Unit 10: expressing possibility, impossibility and prohibition, cause and comparison, nouns which do not declinate
  • Expressing enjoyment and regret, travelling impressions;intonation of complex sentences. General revision
  • Spring semester test written

Progress assessment

  • Active participation in seminars
  • Self-study and fulfilling the set tasks
  • 75% attendance in seminars
  • Progress tests

Exam prerequisites

  • Mastering the semester material
  • Success at written semester test( min. 50%)

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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