Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 303 (Level 11)

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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.

Conducted largely in simple Russian, this course provides excellent preparation for students planning to enrol into conversational level – see Russian Conversation Course: Intermediate. It includes discussion of political structures, kinships, jobs, and differences in the way people live their lives, their hobbies and daily routines.

Suitable for those who are finishing Level A2, or who have completed all levels up to 302 or 245 hours of recent face to face tuition.


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

  1. Talk in detail about themselves and other people, including jobs, place of birth, upbringing etc.
  2. Talk about their families.
  3. Know more Russian words for countries and nationalities, and talk about the cultures and traditions of other countries.
  4. Discuss finding a job in Russia.
  5. Express agreement and disagreement, and politely introduce counterarguments.
  6. Revise simple ways of telling time, and learn more elaborate ways Russians use colloquially.
  7. Talk about their everyday life.


This course covers the following topics:

  • In which year were you born?
  • Kinships
  • Countries and adjectives of nationalities
  • Describing your job; use of instrumental case with 'to become'
  • Finding work in Russia; positives and negatives of one’s profession
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement
  • Daily life and routines
  • Telling the time
  • Finding balance in work and life: are you a workaholic?


This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops and active participation is encouraged. Our tutors use a 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, so that students can learn about and discuss news and current affairs.

Prescribed text

POEKHALI 2.1 by S Chernyshov, Zlatoust, St Petersburg, 2016

Textbook: ISBN10: 5865478699; ISBN13: 9785865478690

Accompanying CD: ISBN10: 5865474391

The book is essential for this course; the CD is optional.

The materials are available for purchase online at Ruskultura or The Book Depository.

The text should only be purchased after confirmation is received that the class is going ahead. This usually occurs 5 business days before the class begins.

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.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.