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Intermediate Russian

Module titleIntermediate Russian
Module codeMLR2030
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Professor Katharine Hodgson (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Module description

This module will help you build on language skills acquired by taking MLR1030 (Beginners’ Russian). You will cover all the Russian grammar not dealt with in the first year, and revise other important elements of grammar. The module will help you develop the skills you need for study abroad in Russia in your third year, including aural skills. Oral practice will focus on real-life situations you may encounter. You will practise writing independently in Russian to prepare you for the writing element in your year abroad assessment.  Translation from Russian will enable you to develop your vocabulary and use your grammatical knowledge. A growing level of skill in comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary all contribute to developing your confidence in spoken Russian.

This module is designed for students who have successfully completed the level one Russian language module for beginners, MLR1030.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to:

  • Build on the language skills you developed at level one
  • Prepare you for study abroad in Russia in your third year
  • Provide a solid foundation for advanced study of the Russian language at level three
  • Cover all aspects of language: writing, speaking, translating written texts, and understanding spoken Russian

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of Russian grammar, including features found mainly in the written language, such as participles and gerunds
  • 2. Understand, translate, and summarise a variety of authentic Russian texts, and to carry out exercises in aural and reading comprehension
  • 3. Show a progression from producing pieces of guided writing in Russian, to writing more independently

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Identify and correct mistakes in the target language
  • 5. Access and select, under instruction from the tutor and independently, a range of sources in the Russian-language media

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Communicate competently in Russian, and use the language to participate in dialogue
  • 7. Practise oral presentations

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Grammar
  • Oral practice
  • Translation from Russian
  • Guided writing in Russian
  • Listening/reading comprehension

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Instruction and practice in Russian grammar
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Work on translating into English from Russian
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Work on developing skills writing in Russian
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Work on improving oral fluency
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Work on improving written and aural comprehension of Russian
Guided Independent Study190Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 written assignments (grammar exercises, translation into English, writing in Russian)2 hours of homework per week1,2,3, 4,6Written and oral
Practice oral presentation10 minutes1, 4, 5, 6,7Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio (translation, grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing)50As described on the ELE page1,2,3,5,6Written feedback
Oral examination2515 minutes1,4,6,7Written feedback
Written examination (writing in Russian)251 hour1,3, 4,6Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
portfolio (translation, grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing)portfolio (translation, grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing)1,2,3,5,6Referral/Deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1,4, 6,7Referral/Deferral period
Written examination (writing in Russian)Written examination (writing in Russian)1,3,4,6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for ay passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Nicholas J. Brown, The New Penguin Russian Course (London: Penguin, 1996)
  • Edwina Cruise, English Grammar for Students of Russian (The Olivia and Hill Press, 1993) Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Blackwell, 2000)
  • Terence Wade. A Russian Grammar Workbook (Blackwell, 2002)
  • Terence Wade, Using Russian Vocabulary (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Paul Falla et al., The Oxford Russian-English/English-Russian Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Russian, language, intermediate

Credit value30
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