Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Conversation Course: Intermediate

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

This conversation course aims to consolidate and develop your prior knowledge, as well as introduce more complex language structures which will allow for expression of feelings and opinions, facilitate the ability to hold an argument and to participate in a discussion. The topics addressed in this course include lifestyle, leisure, culture, sociology, and the personal interests of the class. Suitable for B1 Level students, or those who have undertaken approximately four years of study.


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

  • consolidate and build upon your previous knowledge
  • practice and acquire new vocabulary and language structures which are useful in expressing opinions, feelings and thoughts on various topics dealing with lifestyle and personal interests
  • feel motivated to continue studying
  • 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:

  • everyday conversational topics such as work, leisure time, traveling, culture, and hobbies
  • vocabulary for a variety of conversational topics
  • revision of cases of nouns, pronouns and adjectives, with a view to using correct grammar structures in everyday conversation
  • revision of verb use, tenses and conjugations
  • more complex grammatical structures for expressing agreement and disagreement, arguments, opinions and advice
  • verbs of motion for talking about going to places within your city, and traveling
  • films, current news, TV and radio programs, newspaper articles.

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 Level students, or those who have undertaken approximately four years of study.

Delivery style

This course is conversation oriented, so most of the class time is dedicated to speaking and listening practice. Revision and introduction of new grammar is introduced to facilitate conversation. It is delivered as a series of interactive workshops and active participation is encouraged. Our tutors use communicative method, and you will practice conversation in pairs or small groups.

A typical lesson includes engaging activities, such as games, presentations, readings, audio and video presentations, and practice conversations.

In addition to the textbook, audio, video and reading materials such as extracts from Russian films, television, radio programs and newspapers will be introduced, so you can learn about and discuss news and current affairs.

Prescribed text

Once Upon a Time... Zhili-Byli by Miller, Politova, Zlatoust, St Petersburg, 2015

Textbook: ISBN 9785865475132; Accompanying CD: ISBN 9785865476405

The textbook is essential for the class, 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.


  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)

Language courses are offered in four terms each year, approximately in January, April, July and October.

Russian Conversation Course: Intermediate

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