Courses

Professional and Short Courses


Russian – Evening Language Course

LocationCentral London - Regent Street
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Our part-time Russian evening classes run from October to June at our Central London Regent Street campus just a few minutes from Oxford Circus. They are taught by experienced language teaching professionals who are native speakers of the language or equivalent. Adult students of all ages and nationalities from a wide range of backgrounds take part-time Russian courses with us. You can also join a Russian evening class in January for the second semester if you already have some knowledge of Russian.

This Russian evening language class follows a communicative approach to language teaching. Our lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your tutor on every lesson and written feedback with your homework.

Level

This is a part-time Russian language course for beginners, allowing you to start to communicate in the foreign language. This class is for you if you have no/little previous knowledge of the Russian language.

There are two starting dates for this course: October and January. The October start course runs for 3 terms up until June.

The January start Grade 1 course can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 terms. Please note that the 3rd term is a 5-week intensive course - 2 evenings per week and that it will be run subject to demand. Students purchasing the 3rd term in January are eligible for the discounted fee of £450.

If you have some previous knowledge of Russian and you wish to join a class in January or in March, this may be possible. Please read the relevant course outlines to ensure you book a course at the appropriate level for you.

Places available
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 1 (Jan cohort) - 2nd term 10 weeks 03 Apr 2014 Thur 6.00pm-8.00pm £195 Book now
Grade 1 (Jan cohort) - 3rd term 2evenings a week for 5 weeks 16 Jun 2014 Tue & Thu 6.00pm-8.00pm £195 Book now
Grade 1 (Sept cohort) - 3rd term 10 Weeks 01 Apr 2014 Tues 18.00-20.00 £195 Book now
Courses already filled up
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 1 (Jan cohort) 3 Terms 16 Jan 2014 Thur 6.00pm-8.00pm £450 This course is now full
Grade 1 (Jan cohort) - 1st term 10 weeks 16 Jan 2014 Thur 6.00pm-8.00pm £195 This course is now full
Grade 1 (Sept cohort) - 2nd term 10 Weeks 14 Jan 2014 Tues 18.00-20.00 £195 This course is now full

Course content

First Term of study

Topics
Airport and classroom vocabulary; Professions; Numbers 1-10; Places about town; Family members; Months.

Grammar

Masculine and feminine nouns; Possessive and personal pronouns; Neuter nouns, imperatives;The genitive singular of nouns; Use of genitive Infinitives;The prepositional case;The past tense;The present tense of verbs: 1st conjugation.

Learning outcomes

  • Greeting people
  • Introducing yourself & others
  • Arriving at the airport
  • Asking for directions
  • Talking about your family

 

Second Term of study

Topics
Numbers 10 – 100; Countries, nationalities and languages; Days of the week; Hotel, food, dishes; Interests and spare time activities; Numbers above 100; Area where you live.

Grammar

Short adjectives; The present tense of verbs: 2nd conjugation; The verbs “to want, to    like/love”;The accusative case of nouns in singular; Adjectives “which”; The prepositional case with the preposition “about”; Less common noun endings.

Learning outcomes

  • Saying where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing
  • Checking into a hotel
  • Ordering a meal
  • Talking about yourself and your interests

 

Third Term of study

Topics
Telephoning and making arrangements; Playing sports and musical instruments; Theatre, TV programmes; Houses, flats, home.

Grammar
Denoting time in whole hours; The nominative plural of nouns and adjectives; Words denoting “necessary”; The genitive plural of nouns; The verb “to be able to”; Reflexive verbs; The dative singular of nouns; The verb “to like”;The genitive plural of nouns; The instrumental singular of nouns; The declension of personal pronouns.

Learning outcomes

  • telephone conversation
  • Telling the time
  • Going to the theatre, talking about a TV guide
  • Talking about your likes and dislikes
  • Describing housing

Further information

Learning Resources

All students will be expected to have a copy of Ruslan Russian 1 course book with audio CD or with CD-ROM and a copy of Ruslan Russian 1 Student Workbook with audio CD, which will be used throughout the course.The tutor’s own materials will also be used.

Please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You can buy the course book from:

The European Bookshop or Grant and Cutler at Foyles

Other recommended literature

  • Ruslan Russian Grammar: beginner, intermediate and advanced learners by John Lagran
  • Concise Oxford Pocket Russian Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1998.

This level of Russian is Post-beginner level, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills. You have already studied the Russian language for approximately one year, or 40-60 hours.

Places available
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 2 - Term 3 10 Weeks 03 Apr 2014 Thurs 18.30-20.30 £195 Book now
Courses already filled up
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 2 - Term 2 10 weeks 23 Jan 2014 Thurs 18.30-20.30 £195 This course is now full

Course content

Term 1

Topics
Greetings, Introducing yourself; Family; Shopping; Russian character; Hobbies, sports and art.

Grammar
Cases of Nouns: accusative, genitive, dative, instrumental and prepositional; Singular and plural ending of nouns, adjectives, possessives; Indicating Pronouns; Construction: у меня есть; Personal and interrogative pronouns in all cases; Constructions: мне нравится; мне интересно, мне надо; Adverbs (хорошо, плохо, интересно, скучно); Conjugation of verbs; Past and present continuous of verbs (imperfective); Verbs of Motion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Using formal and informal greetings
  • Introducing yourself and other people
  • Talking about family and friends
  • Talking about shopping (clothes, food, basics)
  • You will understand the main traits of Russian character  and mentality and know what to expect when meeting Russians
  • Expressing your opinion: discussing hobbies, sports and art

Term 2

Topics
Travelling; Holidays; Hotel, in the City; Transport; Restaurant; Weather and Seasons.

Grammar
Verbs of Motion with prefixes; Use of “to be” in impersonal expressions in the past; Future imperfective of verbs; Reflexive verbs; Participle; Negative pronouns; Cardinal and ordinal numbers; Imperative; Introduction to Verb aspects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Booking a trip to Russia: talking about holidays, booking accommodation
  • Being in the city: asking for directions, going on excursions, travelling in the city
  • In a restaurant: ordering meals
  • Discussing the weather, seasons and nature

Term 3

Topics
Festivals and Celebrations; Traditions; Work and Study, Professions; Business; The Internet, Social Networks.

Gammar
Short forms of adjectives; Comparative adjectives; Perfective aspect of verbs; Modal verbs and constructions; Complex sentences with который; Noun cases in word collocations; Perfective past and future tenses; Verbal Adverb.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describing festivals and celebrations, learning about Russian traditions
  • Talking about your day schedule, making appointments, talking on the phone
  • Talking about work and study, writing a CV
  • Presenting a company on a business meeting, learning about business etiquette in Russia
  • Learning about Russia in the Internet, reading news, using Russian social networks

Further information

Learning Resources

All students will be expected to have a copy of Ruslan 1 and Colloquial Russian 1 + CDs, which will be used throughout the course. The tutor’s own materials will also be used.

Please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You can buy the course book from:

The European Bookshop or Grant and Cutler at Foyles

Other recommended literature

  • Oxford Pocket Russian Dictionary.
You should have a good basic knowledge of the Russian language and its grammar, and have already studied the Russian language for approximately 120/180 hours.
Places available
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grades 3 & 4 - Term 3 10 weeks 02 Apr 2013 Wed 18.30-20.30 £195 Book now
Courses already filled up
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grades 3 & 4- Term 2 10 Weeks 15 Jan 2014 Wed 18.30-20.30 £195 This course is now full

Course content

Term 1

Topics
Cultural life in Russia; Mass-media and the Internet; Health care, Visit to the doctor; Ecological questions.

Grammar
Reflexive verbs; Ordinal numbers for dates; Relative clauses; Superlatives
Active and passive participles.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand and respond to spoken language
  • To show knowledge of a range and variety of vocabulary and of appropriate register in routine conversations
  • To understand spoken language live or broadcast (on familiar topics)

Term 2

Topics
The labour market and unemployment in Russia; Demography (catastrophic situation); Alcoholism and life expectancy; Education (are reforms necessary?).

Grammar
Compound conjunctions; Causal closes; Word building and stress patterns
Subjunctive clauses.

Learning Outcomes
  • To hold friendly and formal conversations on familiar topics
  • To use a wide variety of idioms
  • To express agreement or disagreement
  • To conduct an interview

Term 3

Topics
Russian Society (New Russians); Multi-party system in Russia (myth or reality); Will Russian theatre survive without subsidies?; Why Russian films are not popular in the West?

Grammar
Conditional clauses; Perfective and imperfective gerunds; Word order; Figurative use of verbs.

Learning Outcomes
  • To take constructive part in group communication
  • To make comprehensive presentations and respond to resulting questions
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the culture and civilisation of Russia

Further information

Learning Materials

All students will be expected to have a copy of Colloquial Russian, which will be used throughout the course. Some students may also want to get a copy ofA Comprehensive Russian Grammar by Terence Wade which they can use as supplementary material. The tutor’s own materials will also be used.

You can buy the course book from:

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Joanna Beevor
Professional Development Centre

PDC@westminster.ac.uk

 +44(0)20 3506 9900

Term Dates 2013-2014

Each term runs for ten weeks

First Term
September cohort: 30 September 2013 - 6 December 2013
January cohort: 13 January 2014 - 21 March 2014

Second Term
September cohort: 13 January 2014 - 21 March 2014
January cohort: 31 March 2014- 13 June 2014

Third Term
September cohort: 31 March 2014 - 13 June 2014
January cohort: 16 June 2014 - 18 July 2014

Easter Break
18 April- 25 April 2014 (inclusive)

The 2 May Bank Holiday Mondays will be replaced either on a different weekday during Term 3, or at the end of Term 3.

Payment and Refund Policy

Visit our languages Payment and Refund Policy page.