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Russian 3 (Upper-)Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Prerequisites: Russian 1 and 2


This Russian language course is meant for students with knowledge of the language on level A2 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 in grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing. An important aspect of the course will be using Russian in a cultural setting. The student will learn the practical skills, 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 and writing. The course provides the knowledge to communicate and understand Russian at B1 level (CEFR).

Course objectives

After following and passing this course, students can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Students can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in Russia or an area where the language is spoken.
Students can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest and can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture – Seminar

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

Listening comprehension exam: 15%
Reading comprehension exam: 20%
Speaking conversation exam: 20%
Written exam vocabulary/grammar: 25%
Creative Writing/Blog: 10%
Attendance and participation in the class: 10%


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

1) Compulsory Literature
Colloquial Russian 2, Svetlana Le Fleming/ Susan Kay, Routledge 2003
ISBN 9780415261166

Previously used (A1) :

Passport to Russia 1, Textbook(+CD), Louwerse, N. / Lubotsky, L. / Meijman, D. / Pluimgraaff, H. Pegasus,paperback, 2011, ISBN 9789061433576
Passport to Russia 1, Workbook, Louwerse, N. / Lubotsky, L. / Meijman, D. / Pluimgraaff, H. Pegasus,paperback, 2011, ISBN 9789061433583

2) Recommended Literature
Oxford Russian Dictionary, Marcus Wheeler, Boris Ottokar Unbegaun, Paul Falla, Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN 9780198614203


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.