Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 402 (Level 14)

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

Conducted almost entirely in simple Russian, this course includes discussion on art, writers and poets, opera and popular music and develops language structures to express opinion, indifference, agreement and disagreement. Grammatical structures acquired will be deepened and vocabulary extended.


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

  1. Talk about art, from classical to modern.
  2. Talk about their everyday dealings, holidays, recent events and what is happening in their life.
  3. Express their opinion and present arguments to defend their point of view.
  4. Discuss Russian writers and their works.
  5. Talk about music and their preferences in music.
  6. Use colloquial expressions and modern slang.
  7. Read authentic Russian material, such as newspapers and books, and understand the gist of it.
  8. Understand Russian TV and radio programs, to a certain extent.
  9. Use all cases, tenses and aspects of verbs to understand Russian speakers and be understood by them.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Your taste in art – discussing artists and their paintings
  • Expressing opinions, indifference, agreement and disagreement
  • Accusative case of animate nouns and adjectives
  • Dative case + an adverb + an infinitive + accusative case
  • Mikhail Bulgakov’s novels and their screen adaptation: Dog’s Heart
  • Prepositional case with ‘in’ and 'about'
  • From Fyodor Dostoevsky to Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Classical art and the avant-garde
  • Verbs: to begin, to end + the infinitive
  • A World of Music – A World Without Words
  • Opera and popular music – Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Khvorostovsky
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Grammatical case review
  • The art of socialist realism
  • Modern art – Ilya Glazunov

Intended Audience

Suitable for continuing B1 level students, those who have completed Russian 401 or who have completed 320 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 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 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.