Course details

Russian for Beginners 1/2

JR1 Acad. year 2010/2011 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

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



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

  1. Unit 1: introduction to Russian, first steps with the Cyrillic and pronunciation
  2. Practising writing skills in Cyrillic and pronunciation, basic language structures
  3. Further practising of basic patterns in speaking
  4. Unit 2: greetings, basic numerals, specifications of stress
  5. Meeting and introducing,intonation of questions and affirmative sentences
  6. Telephoning, making a date, specifications of forms of address
  7. Unit 3: giving personal information, verb conjugation in present tense, forming negative with verbs
  8. Making an invitation, thanking, apologizing; further numerals and the case of nouns coming after numerals
  9. Unit 4: expressing of enjoyment and wonder; female gender nouns, personal pronouns
  10. Explaining misunderstandings; future tense, further numerals
  11. Unit 5: more personal information; possessive adjectives, shifting stress with verbs
  12. Changing intonation according to the meaning of the sentence; verb conjugation; revision
  13. Autumn semester test written
  14. Unit 6-invitation (accepting and rejecting); I and II verb conjugation
  15. Giving information about spending leisure time; conjugation of reflexive verbs
  16. Weekly programme ;verb conjugation
  17. Unit 7: going to the theatre and cinema(invitation); ordinal numbers
  18. Expressing personal impressions; saying the date, pronoun declension
  19. Address writing, answering to advertisement; intonation of various types of questions
  20. Unit 8: enrolling to language course, finding the way round the building; past tense; the polite form of addressing people
  21. Asking and giving answers about study; pronoun and noun declension
  22. Unit 9: asking the way and giving directions,means of transport; gender of nouns
  23. Going shopping; verb conjugation,pronunciation of preposition patterns
  24. Unit 10: expressing possibility, impossibility and prohibition, cause and comparison, nouns which do not declinate
  25. Expressing enjoyment and regret, travelling impressions;intonation of complex sentences. General revision
  26. 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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