This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
Russian 1 Beginners is a Russian language course for students with no knowledge of the language. The course will provide students with the basics of Russian and aims to develop language skills in grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing. An important aspect of the course will be a content-rich language environment where language is linked with other disciplines such as culture, politics and history. The course provides the knowledge to communicate and understand Russian at A1 level.
This course enables the student to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
This course is the first 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.
The required competences for an A1 level language can be described as follows: the student
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.
Mode of instruction
Three 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
|Alphabet test: reading & writing||10%||block 3|
|Listening exam||10%||block 3|
|Midterm exam: reading & vocabulary & writing in-class exam||10%||block 3|
|Oral exam (presentation & oral test)||20%||block 4|
|Listening exam||10%||block 4|
|Final exam: reading & vocabulary & writing in-class exam||20%||block 4|
|Participation (online grammar tests, quiz, 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 (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) 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.
Ruslan 1 Book. ISBN: 9781899785827
Ruslan 1 Workbook. ISBN: 9781912397013
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.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.