Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 303 (Level 11)

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

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.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • talk in detail about yourself and other people, including jobs, place of birth, upbringing etc
  • talk about your family
  • know more Russian words for countries and nationalities, and talk about the cultures and traditions of other countries
  • discuss finding a job in Russia
  • express agreement and disagreement, and politely introduce counterarguments
  • revise simple ways of telling time, and learn more elaborate ways Russians use colloquially
  • talk about your 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 e.g.“ Are you a workaholic”.

Intended audience

Suitable for finishing A2 level students, those who have completed Russian 302 or who have completed 245 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.


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, 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 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 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.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

Russian Course 303 (Level 11)

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