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Russian 3 Upper-Intermediate

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2020-2021

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Russian 1 Pre-Intermediate and Russian 2 Intermediate.

Description

This Russian language course is meant for students with knowledge of the language on level A2/B1 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). The course will provide students with further knowledge of Russian grammar and vocabulary usage (idiomatic approach) and aims to further develop language skills as speaking, listening, reading and writing. An important aspect of the course will be using Russian in a cultural and political setting. The student will develop further the practical and academic skills of the language. After the course the student will be able to apply himself (herself) and have the ability to work independently with theoretical Russian and linguistic quality, which can later be used in the working environment, when going to Russia for study, internship or work. Communicative skills will be trained next to a sufficient amount of independent reading, listening and writing. There will be a lot of focus on talking and reading about Russian politics, history and culture. The course provides the knowledge to communicate and understand Russian at B1+/B2 level (CEFR).

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve an overall level B1+/B2 of the Common European Frame (CEF).
This course is the last course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Russian, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B2
Writing B1
Listening B2
Speaking B1

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Tutorials

Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. With online education, it is more important than ever to maintain communication and stay in touch with your study groups. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Assessment method

Assessment & Weighing

Partial grade Weighing Period
Listening exam 20% block 3-4
Midterm exam: writing & vocabulary & reading comprehension in-class exam 20% block 3
Presentation and oral exam 20% block 3 and 4
Final exam: writing & vocabulary & reading comprehension in-class exam 20% block 4
Participation (online grammar tests, portfolio, homework, etc.) 20% block 3 and 4

End Grade

  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.

Resit

If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Syllabus Russian 3 – 15 euro to order from the teacher

  • Russian-English / English-Russian dictionary

Registration

  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Contact

O.K. Karmanova

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.

Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies

Remarks

This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.