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?

For this level, you should have a good basic knowledge of the Russian language and its grammar.

This course is made up of three parts. If you’ve studied Russian for around two years or 120 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 lower intermediate 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 lower intermediate level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have studied Russian for around one year or 120 hours
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Russian for about 140 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Russian for about 160 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 the book Once Upon a Time..., Zhili-Byli..., Textbook 2, l.V. Miller, l.V. Politova (2015) with CD for Textbook 2 and the website Learning to Communicate in Russian throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

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

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

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • everyday routines
  • time
  • leisure activities
  • interests and hobbies
  • Russian holidays
  • things to do on vacation
  • places to see on vacation

Grammar

You will learn:

  • Где? Куда? Откуда? with nouns (у друга, к врачу, от брата)
  • the possessive pronoun свой
  • months and dates (пятого сентября)
  • instrumental forms for nouns, adjectives, pronouns (с моими близкими друзьями)
  • complex sentences with если and когда clauses
  • the relative pronoun который
  • comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs (красивее, больше)

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

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • talking about yourself
  • family and friends
  • at home
  • in the city
  • shopping
  • transport
  • traveling

Grammar

You will learn:

  • case endings for nouns, adjectives, pronouns in the singular (наша младшая дочь)
  • case endings for nouns, adjectives, pronouns in the plural (мои дорогие дети)
  • ‘to have’ construction (у него не было денег)
  • complex sentences with чтобы clauses
  • numeral – noun agreement (два рубля, шесть братьев)
  • verbs of motion without prefixes (идти – ходить, нести – носить)
  • verbs of motion with prefixes (войти – входить, перевезти – перевозить)

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

Topics

In this term we will cover:

  • in the restaurant
  • describing someone’s appearance
  • clothes and footwear
  • theatre and cinema
  • professional life
  • education
  • Russian traditions

Grammar

You will learn:

  • complex sentences with ли clauses
  • reflexive verbs (познакомиться, бояться)
  • verbal aspect and infinitives (смотреть/посмотреть, брать/взять)
  • verbal aspect in the past and in the future tenses (пил – выпил, буду есть – съем)
  • verbal gerunds (читая, вернувшись)
  • verbal participles (живущий, закрытый)
  • the passive voice (город основан Петром, дом строится)

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
19
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Tuesday
6-8pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

13
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Tuesday
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.