This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Russian 1 Pre-Intermediate and Russian 2 Intermediate.
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).
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.
Mode of instruction
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 & Weighing
|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|
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.
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.
Syllabus Russian 3 – 15 euro to order from the teacher
Russian-English / English-Russian dictionary
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.
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.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.