FLR2230 - Russian Intermediate One

2020/1 Module description

StaffMrs Yuliya Kostyuk - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLR1130 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

Russian Intermediate 1 is intended for those who have successfully completed FLR1130 Beginners or who have a level broadly of GCSE A*-B grade (or equivalent) in Russian. The module provides a systematic approach to building on essential grammar structures in a communicative context.

You will strengthen your understanding of the Russian language, by developing your language and communication skills for use in everyday situations.

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in Russian broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A*-B (or equivalent).

The module aims to:

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the Russian language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading as well as productive skills in speaking and writing
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and to develop your awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of Russian
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc in Russian
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

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 online resources or dictionaries, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in your field and hold a conversation in Russian which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
  • 7. 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 Russian structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • The module consolidates elementary language skills and further develops them through a range of current and pragmatic conversational topics, fostering your language competence with more complex and advanced grammar and a broader vocabulary. Grammar topics include verbal aspects or verbs of motion and are introduced in a communicative manner by means of dialogues, texts and images. 
  • Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.
  • You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
662340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 66Language classes
Guided Independent Study234Consolidate 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.

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.Variable1-5,7Written and oral Feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
502525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral Exam258-9 minutes1,3-7Written and oral Feedback
Portfolio50Variable1-5, 7Written and oral Feedback
Written Examination25Take-home exam1-5, 7Written and oral Feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral ExamOral Exam1, 3-7Referral/Deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Written ExaminationWritten Examination1-5, 7Referral/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

  • Main course book: TBC

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=8753 
  • 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?

No

Origin date

11/11/2019

Last revision date

29/07/2020

Key words search

Russian, intermediate; Russian Intermediate; Ex-Beginners Russian; Russian Language

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