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Russian 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Russian 1.


This course is a Russian language course for students with knowledge of the language on A1 level of CEFR. 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 course provides the knowledge to communicate and understand Russian at A2/A2+ level.

Course objectives

The required competences for an A2 level language can be described as follows: the student can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance, can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Visual reception (reading): A2+
Written production (writing): A2
Listening (Audio): A2
Oral production (speaking): A2+


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week
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.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:
This course will be 10 EC (1 EC – 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Total hours spent on attending lectures: 72 (= 6 hours per week x 12 weeks)

  • Time spent on studying: Around 12 hours per week (= 4 hours per lecture)

Assessment method

The final grade consists of assignments and exams that count towards it.
1 Listening exam, 10%, block 3
2 Midterm exam: grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension in class exam, 25 %, block 3
3 Essay, 10 %, block 3
4 Oral exam (presentation & speaking), 15 %, block 4
5 Listening exam, 10 %, block 4
6 Final exam: grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension in class exam, 30 %, block 4

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.


If the final grade is insufficient, there is the possibility of a resit.
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  1. Ruslan 2 Book with CD, Ruslan Limited, ISBN 9781899785520
    1. Ruslan 2 Workbook with free CD, Ruslan Limited, ISBN 978189978552
    2. Russian Grammar, Ruslan Limited, paperback, 2010, ISBN 9781899785742


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


O.K. Karmanova


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.

The course has an interactive and communicative way of learning a language.
Course contents are grammar practice together with vocabulary building and developing the skills with class activities. The classes will be highly interactive and students will often work in pairs or groups to practice their language skills. During the course, students will give presentations about politics, history and Russian culture. The Russian classes will be more connected to the other subject which the students study at BAIS. The course is based on course books, but will be completed with materials prepared by the instructor and the Internet. A blackboard site will be available with essential documents i.e. planning, hand-outs, additional exercises and links to various educative websites.

A substantial amount of self-study is required and the students are expected to prepare the classes.
Attendance and participation in the class is required as well.