Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 404 (Level 16)

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 art, writers and poets, opera and popular music and develops language structures to express opinion, indifference, agreement and disagreement. Grammar structures acquired will be deepened and vocabulary extended.


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

  • describe a person including their appearance and personality
  • talk about people’s behaviour and the psychology behind it
  • know and talk about men of power in Russia, from historical times to now
  • talk about Russian history and culture
  • discuss Russian media
  • 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:

  • description of a person’s appearance
  • comparisons and superlatives
  • indefinite pronouns
  • power in Russia: from Nikolas ll to Vladimir Putin
  • irregular forms of imperative
  • mentality and character
  • what are we: Europe or Asia?
  • short adjectives
  • individual personality
  • astrology and horoscopes
  • modal words
  • your ideal man or woman
  • reflexive pronouns.

Intended audience

Suitable for finishing B1 level students, those who have completed Russian 403 or who have completed 370 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 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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