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Russian Course 301 (Level 9)

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If you want to learn to speak Russian, our Russian classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Russian language and culture. Learn Russian the smart way with Russian courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This course covers various expressions including how to congratulate people and wish them well, how to enquire about someone’s date of birth and how to express needs and obligations. Students will also talk about important dates in their personal lives, and read about crucial events in Russian history. Grammatical themes continue, with special emphasis on verbs of motion and the uses of directional prefixes. This material will be covered with a focus on various composers and authors to further students' cultural understandings of the country.

Suitable for those who are continuing A2 Level, or who have completed all levels up to 204 or 195 hours of recent face to face tuition.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Give specific dates for events and talk about their birthday, age and place of birth.
  2. Know which public holidays are celebrated in Russia, and be able to congratulate people on special occasions e.g. birthday, New Year, wedding.
  3. Know important dates in Russian history.
  4. Talk about things they like and dislike using comparatives and superlatives.
  5. Discover classical Russian writers and talk about their work.
  6. Use prefixed verbs of motion to talk about going to places.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Seeking and giving information about birthdays, age, and place of birth
  • Congratulating and wishing people well using instrumental and genitive case
  • Dates of important events in Russian history
  • Public holidays
  • Revision of locative (prepositional) plural of nouns and adjectives
  • Superlative adjectives
  • Expressing needs and obligations using dative case
  • Verbs of motion: directional prefixes and their aspectual use
  • Prepositions used with the verbs of motion: into, out of, across, from, to, towards
  • Writers: Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov
  • Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Talking about habits and routines using reflexive verbs: to wash yourself, to dress yourself


This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops and active participation is encouraged. Our tutors use communicative method, and from the very first lesson students will practice conversation in pairs or small groups.

A typical lesson includes engaging activities, such as games, presentations, simple readings, audio and video presentations, and practice conversations.

In addition to the textbook, tutors introduce actual audio, video and reading materials, such as extracts from Russian films, television and radio programs, and newspapers, with a following discussion.

Prescribed text

The textbook and accompanying CD are designed specifically for each level. The text is used for class activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice between meetings. The text should be purchased only after confirmation is received that it is is going ahead. This usually occurs 5 business days before the class begins. The appropriate textbook and CD for this is 301 (Level 8).

Materials are available for purchase online at Ruskultura or from the presenter in the first class meeting. The cost of the materials is $30.00.

Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


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Russian Course 301 (Level 9)

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