Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 304 (Level 12)

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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 B1 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 levels – see Russian Conversation Course: Intermediate. It includes discussion of personal likes and dislikes, choices of lifestyle, leisure time and work time, giving advice and seeking opinion.


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

  • talk about your lifestyle
  • hold a phone conversation
  • talk about leisure activities and adventures
  • use perfective and imperfective verbs to express the completion of an action
  • talk about career and choice of profession
  • write more complicated compound sentences to express complicated ideas
  • use colloquial Russian phrases and polite slang.


This course covers the following topics:

  • time is money: a lifestyle balance
  • reflexive verbs – to begin, to continue, to finish up, to find yourself in
  • telephone conversations: making arrangements by phone
  • adverbs of direction (where to?) and time (when?)
  • verbal aspect – perfective and imperfective verbs
  • leisure time: adventure or a quiet life?
  • prefixed verbs: a little, once
  • choices of profession and career
  • compound sentence structure
  • giving advice
  • synonyms, antonyms, slang.

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner B1 level students, those who have completed Russian 303 or who have completed 270 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.

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