Program of the General course
The course is offered for all students from absolute beginners to advanced students. It consists of three main levels of 64 academic hours each. At each level, students receive information about the culture, history, geography, economics and political situation of Russia.
Level One (Beginners to Pre-Intermediate)
64 academic hours
This level includes four sub-levels of 64 academic hours each. It incorporates all the necessary aspects needed to achieve basic knowledge of Russian, including useful, fundamental vocabulary, understanding and reading Cyrillic script, pronunciation practice, the study of basic grammatical structures and functional language needed for basic communication purposes.
At the end of this stage, students acquiring a reasonable comprehension and communicative competence in Russian are able to progress to the Intermediate level where they can master their spoken, interaction skills.
The basic book «Поехали» is estimated for approximately 4 months. It contains dialogs, texts, different exercises and grammar material.
During 1st four months we study the following topics:
- Getting acquainted. Introductions (how Russians address one another; when we use вы and ты; forms of greeting and farewell; full and shortened Russian names, first, last and patronymic names; introducing yourself, your friend or colleague)
- Family (talking about yourself, your family; asking others about themselves)
- Professions (describing your profession; explaining where you work or study; asking others about their professions)
- Weather & climate (seasons & months)
- My day (talking about your typical day; asking other people about the routine of their day)
- In the store (types of stores in Russia; how to purchase goods in Russian stores; asking the coast of goods; learning about Russian souvenirs)
- Nationality. Language (talking about your nationality; describing where you used to live and where you live now; naming your native language; explaining that you speak and understand a little Russian; asking others what languages they speak)
- House and flat (explaining where you live: district, street, address; what rooms and furniture you have in your flat)
- Holidays & vacations activities (describing where you can go during holidays; what can you do depending on season; asking one another about their last holidays and plans for the next ones)
- Russian culture (visiting museums, theaters, cinemas; talking about Russian television and how to read TV program)
- Getting around the city (types of transportation in Russia; orientation in the city; asking the location of a street, hotel, store; giving directions; talking about everyday way to work; types of vehicle do you like or dislike; how you do prefer to travel; where do you usually go when you are on holidays)
- Hotel (types of hotels, booking and reservation of the room; staying in a hotel)
- Russian kitchen and restaurants (getting acquainted with national Russian dishes; how to read and write recipes; reading menu in a restaurant; ordering food and talking to a waiter)
- Congratulations and going to someone’s house (gift-giving traditions; giving toasts; celebrating birthday and other important events and holidays)
- Using the phone (how Russian typically talk on a phone; answering the phone; asking for a person you are calling; what to say if that person in out)
- Biography (telling about the place you studied; your working experience; who you wanted to become in your childhood)
Level Two (Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate)
64 academic hours
At this stage, attention is devoted to increasing students’ range and complexity of Russian lexis and practicing functional language used in a variety of situations. Students also master basic grammatical structures and lexis, acquiring experience in expressing their ideas more freely in spoken and written form.
Level Three (Advanced)
64 academic hours
In the final stage of this Russian language course, emphasis is placed on developing fluency in speech, studying a wide range of lexis, practicing and refining existing grammatical knowledge and studying more complex grammatical structures.
At the end of this level, students are given practice in and become comfortable with reading authentic Russian literary texts.