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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.

This is a part-time Russian language course for complete beginners, allowing you to start to communicate in the foreign language. This class is for you if you have no or 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 course runs for 3 terms up until July.

Please note that the 3rd term of the January start Grade 1 course is a 5-week intensive course, 2 evenings per week, which will be run subject to demand.

Both intakes can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 terms.

Students purchasing the whole year are eligible for the discounted fee of £485.

Places available
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 1 (September cohort) 1 year/3 terms 30 Sep 2014 Tuesdays 6–8pm £485 Book now
Grade 1 (September cohort) – Term 1 10 weeks 30 Sep 2014 Tuesdays 6–8pm £210 Book now
Grade 1 (September cohort) – Term 2 10 weeks 13 Jan 2015 Tuesdays 6–8pm £210 Book now
Grade 1 (September cohort) – Term 3 10 weeks 14 Apr 2015 Tuesdays 6–8pm £210 Book now

Course content

Term 1

Topics
Greetings, introducing yourself and other people; airport; classroom vocabulary; professions; numbers 1-10; places around town; family members.

Grammar

Genders, personal and possessive pronouns, the nominative and the accusative, the genitive cases of nouns and personal pronouns in singular and their usage, infinitives, imperatives, the 1st conjugation of verbs in the present tense.

Learning outcomes

  • the Cyrillic alphabet
  • greeting people, polite words, introducing yourself and others
  • arriving at the airport
  • asking for directions and giving directions
  • talking about your family

Term 2

Topics
Numbers 10–100; months; countries, nationalities and languages; days of the week; hotel, food, dishes; interests and spare time activities; numbers above 100; the area you live in.

Grammar

The past tense; the 2nd conjugation of verbs in the present tense; the verbs 'to want', 'to like', 'to love', 'to go'; adjectives, short forms of adjectives and the word for 'which'; the prepositional case of nouns in singular and its usage; less common noun endings.

Learning outcomes

  • talking about places where you have been and what you have been doing
  • checking into a hotel
  • ordering a meal in a restaurant
  • talking about yourself and your interests
  • talking about the town and area in which you live

Term 3

Topics
Telephoning and making arrangements; playing sports and musical instruments; theatre and TV programmes; houses, flats, home.

Grammar
Denoting time in whole hours, the nominative case of nouns and adjectives in plural, words denoting 'necessary', the genitive plural of nouns, the verb 'to be able to', reflexive verbs, the dative and the instrumental cases of nouns in singular and their usage, the verb 'to like', the declension of personal pronouns.

Learning outcomes

  • using the phone
  • telling the time
  • going to the theatre, talking about a TV guide
  • talking about your likes and dislikes
  • describing housing

Please note that there may be slight variations in content at the discretion of the tutor. These may result in the inclusion of additional content, when general progress is good, or in small variations determined by students' interests.

Further information

Learning resources

All students will be expected to have a copy of Ruslan Russian 1 course book with CD and a copy of Ruslan Russian 1 Student Workbook with 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, 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 1 year/3 terms 02 Oct 2014 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm £485 Book now
Grade 2 – Term 1 10 weeks 02 Oct 2014 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm £210 Book now
Grade 2 – Term 2 10 weeks 15 Jan 2015 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm £210 Book now
Grade 2 – Term 3 10 weeks 16 Apr 2015 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm £210 Book now

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 and 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)
  • understanding the main traits of Russian character and mentality and knowing what to expect when meeting Russians
  • expressing your opinion and 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
  • ordering meals in a restaurant
  • discussing the weather, seasons and nature

Term 3

Topics
Festivals and celebrations, traditions, work and study, professions, business, the internet, social networks.

Grammar
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

Please note that there may be slight variations in content at the discretion of the tutor. These may result in the inclusion of additional content, when general progress is good, or in small variations determined by students' interests.

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 1 year/3 terms 01 Oct 2014 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £485 Book now
Grades 3 & 4 – Term 1 10 weeks 01 Oct 2014 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £210 Book now
Grades 3 & 4 – Term 2 10 weeks 14 Jan 2015 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £210 Book now
Grades 3 & 4 – Term 3 10 weeks 15 Apr 2015 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £210 Book now

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

At the end of this term you will be able to:

  • understand and respond to spoken language
  • show knowledge of a range and variety of vocabulary and of appropriate register in routine conversations
  • 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

At the end of this term you will be able to:

  • hold friendly and formal conversations on familiar topics
  • use a wide variety of idioms
  • express agreement or disagreement
  • 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 are Russian films not popular in the West?

Grammar
Conditional clauses, perfective and imperfective gerunds, word order, figurative use of verbs.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this term you will be able to:

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

Please note that there may be slight variations in content at the discretion of the tutor. These may result in the inclusion of additional content, when general progress is good, or in small variations determined by students' interests.

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 of A 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 The European Bookshop or Grant and Cutler at Foyles.

Students are expected to have studied the language for 240 hours or equivalent.

Places available
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 5 1 year/3 terms 02 Oct 2014 Thursdays 6–8pm £485 Book now
Grade 5 – Term 1 10 weeks 02 Oct 2014 Thursdays 6–8pm £210 Book now
Grade 5 – Term 2 10 weeks 15 Jan 2015 Thursdays 6–8pm £210 Book now
Grade 5 – Term 3 10 weeks 16 Apr 2015 Thursdays 6–8pm £210 Book now

Course content

Term 1

Topics
Major changes in Russian society, Russian facts and figures, current society and different ways of living, giving opinion and advice.

Grammar


  • use of cases in passive and impersonal constructions
  • use of cases in adverbial expressions
  • declension and other functions of the interrogative, relative and reflexive pronouns
  • the short form of the adjective as predicate to infinitives, verbal nouns
  • numerals in compound nouns and adjectives
  • use of perfective and imperfective aspects of the verbs
  • revision of unidirectional and multidirectional verbs of motion, and prefixed verbs of motion
  • reported speech

Learning outcomes
Revision of use of cases; revision of perfective and imperfective aspects of verbs; giving advice, expressing wishes, talking about hypothetical situations; becoming familiar with facts of life in the Russian Federation.

Term 2

Topics
Social issues in Russia, transition to democracy, taking part in a debate, conditions and requirements for different situations, hypothetical situations.

Grammar


  • use of imperative in the context of a single action or to exhort and invite
  • positive and negative commands and warnings
  • passive voice expressed by imperfective reflective verbs and by 3rd person plural
  • verbs by perfective reflective verbs
  • forms to take speaking turns in debates
  • conditional and subjunctive moods
  • use of subjunctive to express wish or desire
  • purpose clauses, the expression of hypothesis and concessive constructions
  • the expression of obligation and necessity and of possibility or potential

Learning outcomes
Expressing your opinion, agreement and disagreement on a range of social issues, talking about conditions and requirements, giving presentations, describing psychological and mental states, making excuses and promises.

Term 3

Topics
New phenomena – Russian tourist abroad, the emergence of child prodigies, fresh and revolutionary concepts in Russia, a flood of new terminology from English, Russian poetry, satire and parody, writing a poem, making a joke, expressing regrets.

Grammar


  • present and past active participles
  • perfective and imperfective passive participles
  • distinction between short-form adjectives and short-form participles
  • perfective and imperfective gerunds
  • special features of constructions with gerunds
  • connective, adversative and disjunctive conjunctions
  • modal functions of particles and the aggregation of particles

Learning outcomes
Talking about satire and parody, understanding of dry Russian humour, reading Russian poetry, writing a poem, talking about past regrets and hypothetical situations.

Please note that there may be slight variations in content at the discretion of the tutor. These may result in the inclusion of additional content, when general progress is good, or in small variations determined by students' interests.

Further information

Learning resources

The tutor’s hand-outs will be used throughout the course. Students might wish to have a copy of Present-day Russia by Alla Rodimkina and Neil Landsman, which will be used for some topics during the course. We also recommended A Comprehensive Russian Grammar by Terence Wade.

You can buy the course book from The European Bookshop
 or Grant and Cutler at Foyles
.

Evening Language Programme information evening

Come along to our information evening on 18 September to talk to our tutors and sign up for your language class.

Read more and register

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Joanna Beevor
Professional Development Centre

PDC@westminster.ac.uk

 +44(0)20 3506 9900

Term Dates 2014-2015

Each term runs for ten weeks

First Term
September cohort: 29 September 2014 – 5 December 2014

Second Term
September cohort: 12 January 2015 – 20 March 2015

Third Term
September cohort: 13 April 2015 – 19 June 2015

Easter Break
23 March – 10 April 2015

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