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Russian Beginners




Admissions requirements



Beginners Russian is a language course for students with no knowledge of the language. The course will provide students with the basic knowledge of Russian and aims to develop language skills in grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing. The language will be taught in a cultural context. The course provides the knowledge to communicate and understand Russian at A1 level.

Course objectives

The required competences for a A1 level language can be described as follows:

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The course is taught through seminars, in which students will gain knowledge of Russian grammar and vocabulary and practice reading, writing, speaking and listening skills during the classes. Students will be asked to prepare presentations on treated topics, complete assignments and participate in discussions and debates. Beside theoretical part of language learning, students will learn about contemporary Russia by movies, music and arts. When possible, excursions will be organized to i.e. Russian embassy, museums, Russian cinema etc.

Students are expected to work individually as well as in groups. Sometimes they will be asked to complete home assignments in small groups.


The final grade consist of assignments and exams that count towards it.

2x Listening exam, 15 %, week 4 and 12
2x Reading exam, 20%, week 5 and 15
2x Presentation, 20%, week 5 and 13
2x Grammar, 25 %, week 6 and 16
2x Essay, 10 %, submit through Turnitin


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Colloquial Russian 1 (Svetlana le Fleming, Susan E.Kay, ISBN 9 780415 469951) without CD


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Olja Karmanova


Students should learn the alphabet before the first session.