Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 401 (Level 13)

Russian. Learn Russian with us.

Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Conducted almost entirely in simple Russian, this course includes discussion on cuisine and favourite recipes, eating for health, visiting a dietician and a doctor, illnesses, symptoms and diagnosis, giving and receiving recommendations and advice, prescriptions, and medication and how to take it.


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

  • hold a more advanced conversation in a restaurant
  • talk about different cuisines, recipes and diets
  • give healthy lifestyle advice, know different tones of suggestion, from demands to mild advice
  • talk about health and healthy/unhealthy cultural habits and the traditions of Russia and Australia
  • use colloquial expressions and modern slang
  • read authentic Russian material, such as newspapers and books, and understand the gist of it
  • understand Russian TV and radio programs, to a certain extent
  • use all cases, tenses and aspects of verbs to understand Russian speakers and be understood by them.


This course covers the following topics:

  • australian tourist in a restaurant
  • instrumental case with preposition ‘with’ and genitive case with preposition 'without'
  • at the dietician’s
  • cuisine and popular recipes
  • dative case (to whom? for whom?)
  • review of verbal aspect – perfective and imperfective verbs
  • food that’s good for you
  • entertaining, tasting, praising, complimenting
  • 'eat to live, not live to eat'
  • imperative construction
  • genitive case with ‘more’ and 'less'
  • health, rest and leisure
  • giving and receiving advice
  • symptoms and diagnosis
  • prescriptions and medication – when and how to take it
  • at the doctor’s: doctors, patients and illnesses.

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed Russian 304 or who have completed 295 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 a communicative method, and 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 Language 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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