Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language. 

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Who is this class for?

This level of Russian is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

This course is made up of three parts. If you’ve studied Russian for around a year or 60 hours, you should start with Part 1. For those who’ve studied more than this, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

October start

You can book:

  • Part 2 for £250 (£280 after 22 November)
  • Parts 2 and 3 together for £440 (£500 after 22 November)

To book Parts 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 2 and add Part 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our October-start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our elementary course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the elementary level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have studied Russian for around one year or 60 hours
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Russian for about 80 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Russian for about 100 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.

Teaching

Our Russian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations, with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Learning resources

We will use Beginner's Russian with Interactive Online Workbook by Anna S. Kudima, Frank J. Miller, Olga E. Kagan throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying the book.

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Russian Elementary course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • houses and flats
  • at home
  • your neighbourhood
  • food and drink
  • dining out
  • family and family members
  • family history

Grammar

You will learn:

  • nominative, genitive, accusative, prepositional singular forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns
  • nominative, accusative plural forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns
  • present and past tenses of verbs
  • verbal aspects and the infinitive form
  • future tense of imperfective and perfective verbs
  • verbs for eating and drinking (есть, пить, обедать etc.)
  • the expression ‘I have’ (у меня есть ручка; у тебя не было билета etс.)

Part 2 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • description of a person’s appearance
  • personality traits
  • parts of the body
  • visiting a doctor
  • everyday routines
  • interests and hobbies
  • cities

Grammar

You will learn:

  • imperfective verbs in the present tense
  • imperfective and perfective verbs in the past tense
  • dative and instrumental singular forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns
  • expressing possibility, prohibition and necessity (мне нельзя кофе, тебе нужно время etc.)
  • adverbs and impersonal constructions (быстро, холодно etc.)
  • verbs of motion without a prefix (идти – ходить, бежать – бегать etc.)
  • verbs of motion with prefixes (прийти – приходить, убежать – убегать etc.)

Part 3 is the final level of the Russian Elementary course, and covers the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • getting around town
  • geography
  • people and languages
  • travelling around Russia
  • seasons and weather
  • Russian holidays
  • vacations

Grammar

You will learn:

  • genitive plural forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns (много наших старых друзей)
  • prepositional plural forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns (на этих маленьких островах)
  • dative plural forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns (тур по всем известным городам)
  • instrumental plural forms for nouns, adjectives and pronouns (с моими родными братьями)
  • comparative and superlative forms for adjectives and adverbs (новее, дороже, лучше)
  • complex sentences with subordinate clauses
  • the relative pronoun который

Booking

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 10 January 2021 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*

Part 1 of this course is now closed, but will be running again in autumn 2021.

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
21
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Thursday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

15
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Thursday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.