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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 September 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 ongoing 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: September and January. The September cohort will study for three terms up until June. The January cohort will study for three terms up until July. Please note that Term 3 of the January start Grade 1 course is a five-week intensive course, two evenings per week, which we will run subject to demand.

You can book each term individually or the whole year for a discounted fee of £485.

Places available
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 1 (January cohort) – full year 3 terms 15 Jan 2015 Thursdays 6pm–8pm £485 Book now
Grade 1 (January cohort) – Term 1 10 weeks 15 Jan 2015 Thursdays 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
Courses already filled up
Grade/Term Duration Start Date Day and Time Price Apply
Grade 1 (September cohort) – full year 1 year/3 terms 30 Sep 2014 Tuesdays 6–8pm £485 This course is now full
Grade 1 (September cohort) – Term 1 10 weeks 30 Sep 2014 Tuesdays 6–8pm £210 This course is now full

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 first conjugation of verbs in the present tense.

Learning outcomes

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

  • read the Cyrillic alphabet
  • greet people, use polite words, and introduce yourself and others
  • interact when arriving at the airport
  • ask for and give directions
  • talk 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 second 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

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

  • talk about places where you have been and what you have been doing
  • check into a hotel
  • order a meal in a restaurant
  • talk about yourself and your interests
  • talk 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 and 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

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

  • use the phone
  • tell the time
  • go to the theatre, talk about a TV guide
  • talk about your likes and dislikes
  • describe 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 – full year 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

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

  • use formal and informal greetings
  • introduce yourself and other people
  • talk about family and friends
  • talk about shopping (clothes, food, basics)
  • understand the main traits of Russian character and mentality and know what to expect when meeting Russians
  • express your opinion and discuss 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

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

  • book a trip to Russia
  • talk about holidays, book accommodation
  • ask for directions, go on excursions, travel in the city
  • order meals in a restaurant
  • discuss 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

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

  • describe festivals and celebrations, understand more about Russian traditions
  • talk about your day schedule, make appointments, talk on the phone
  • talk about work and study, write a CV
  • present a company on a business meeting, learn about business etiquette in Russia
  • learn about Russia on the internet, read news, use 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
Image of Izmaylovo Kremlin in Moscow

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Gemma Byrne

pdc@westminster.ac.uk

+44(0)20 3506 9900

Term dates 2014–2015

Term 1
September cohort: 29 September – 5 December 2014
January cohort*: 12 January – 20 March 2015

Term 2
September cohort: 12 January – 20 March 2015
January cohort*: 13 April – 19 June 2015

Term 3
September cohort: 13 April – 19 June 2015
January cohort*: 22 June – 24 July 2015

Easter break
23 March – 10 April 2015

*Please note that not every language has a January cohort.

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