FLR1130 - Russian Beginners

2020/1 Module description

StaffMrs Yuliya Kostyuk - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

Russian Beginners is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Russian. It will introduce you to the Russian language and culture in a general context.

This module will provide you with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the Russian language, which will allow you to listen, speak, read, and write at an elementary level on a variety of general topics. The emphasis is on enabling you to communicate orally in Russian. It will also introduce you to the customs, culture and society where the Russian language is spoken to help you to develop awareness of the general social and cultural background.  

Module aims

This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Provide you with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus enabling you to communicate effectively across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at an elementary level on a variety of general topics
  • Enable you to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations
  • Provide you with an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions / countries in which the language is spoken and to help you to develop awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of Russian
  • 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, orally and/or in writing.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your learning with guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

It covers some or all of the following grammar / topics:


  • The Russian Alphabet: writing & pronunciation.
  • Personal pronouns –  Formal and informal addressing.
  • Numbers
  • 1st and 2nd Type Verb Conjugation.
  • Construction
  • Gender of nouns.
  • Adjectives, endings. Possessives. 
  • Prepositional, Accusative, Instrumental Cases.


  • Get acquainted. Introduce yourself and other people.
  • Talk about your everyday activity. Tell time.
  • Talking about friends and family.
  • Talk about your city.
  • Talk about countries and nationalities. Talk about the weather.
  • Describe your house.
  • Explain what you need to buy. Talk about your food preferences.
  • Talk about mood (I am sad, happy etc.).

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching88Language classes
Guided Independent Study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Russian. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-6Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral examination2510-12 minutes1-2,4-6Written and oral
Written examination25Take-home exam1-6Written and oral
Portfolio50variable1-6Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examinationWritten examination1-6Referral/deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio2,6Referral/deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1,2,4-6Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Course book: TBC

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11285 
  • WordReference http://www.wordreference.com/enru/ - online dictionary.
  • Quizlet https://quizlet.com - a mobile and web-based study application. It will help you to practice and master your Russian vocabulary relevant to each unit.
  • 3ears https://3ears.com - listening and reading comprehension.

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Dictionary: A Frequency dictionary of Russian. Routledge.

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date


Key words search

Russian, beginners, Russian Language, Russian ab initio

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