Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Conversation Course: The Discussion Circle

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Level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Deepen your knowledge of the Russian language already acquired, facilitate development to think in Russian and habits needed to use it creatively, and sharpen your discussion skills. We will explore classic Russian literature and film works, followed by discussion and comparison of these sources. Many of movies represent epoch-making milestones of domestic motion picture art, and include actors who have become legends of Russian world cinema.

This course is conducted entirely in Russian to facilitate linguistic immersion. Suitable for C1/C2 Level students, and both non-native and native speakers who wish to maintain or improve their fluency.

Outcomes

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

  • identify elements of Russian culture through literature, film, music and philosophy
  • improve you language proficiency through speaking, reading and listening
  • consolidate and build upon previous knowledge
  • expand and practise vocabulary and language structures which are useful in expressing one’s opinions, feelings and thoughts on various topics dealing with life and art
  • utilise your newly gained confidence to shed the psychological barrier often associated with using the language being learned.

Content

The following films and literature will be used as class discussion points:

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Novel: The Captain’s Daughter, 1836 (fragments)
Film: The Captain’s Daughter, 1958, directed by Vladimir Kaplunovsky

Short story: Blizzard, 1830
Film: The Blizzard, 1964, directed by Vladimir Basov

Novel: The Young Lady-Peasant Woman
Film: Lady Into Lassie, 1995, directed by Alexey Sakharov

Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol

Short story: The Overcoat, 1842
Film: The Overcoat, 1959, directed by Alexey Batalov

Story: Taras Bulba, 1835
Film: Taras Bulba, 2009, directed by Vladimir Bortko

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

Novel: Noble Nest, 1914
Film: A Nest of Gentle Folk, 1969, directed by Andrey Konchalovsky

Novel: Asya, 1858
Film: Asya, 1978, directed by Iosif Heyfits

Fedor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky

Novel: Idiot, 1868
Film: Idiot, 1958, directed by Ivan Pyryev

Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Novel: War and peace, 1869
Film: War and peace, 1966, directed by Sergey Bondarchuk

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Short story: The Lady with the Dog, 1899
Film: The Lady with the Dog, 1960, directed by Iosif Heyfits

Novel: The Shooting Party, 1884
Film: A Hunting Accident, 1978, directed by Emil Loteanu

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bulgakov

Novel: Master and Margarita, 1967
TV miniseries: Master and Margarita, 2005, directed by V. Bortko

Short story: Morphine in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, 1975
Film: Morphine, 2008, directed by Alexey Balabanov

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak

Novel: Doctor Zhivago, 1957
TV Miniseries: Doctor Zhivago, 2006, directed by Alexander Proshkin

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

Short story: The Fate of a Man, 1957
Film: Fate of a Man, 1959, directed by Sergey Bondarchuk

Intended Audience

Suitable for C1/C2 Level students, and both non-native and native speakers who wish to maintain or improve their fluency.

This course is conducted entirely in Russian to facilitate linguistic immersion.

Delivery Style

Delivery 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 students 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.

The tutor will use audio, video and reading materials including extracts from Russian film and literature.

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.

Features

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

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

What others say.

  • Highly qualified professional teacher. We all made progress and enjoyed the course immensely.

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What others say.

  • Highly qualified professional teacher. We all made progress and enjoyed the course immensely.