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Russian Advanced Conversation

Course Times & Enrolment

Fridays from 25th April 2014 (Code K3372) Add to Basket Fridays, 11:30am - 12:30pm • (10 classes) Room M14, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Aldona Judina .
£55.00/£36.00 concessions

Course Summary

Study Russian language and culture at the Office of Lifelong Learning

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Russian 3 or equivalent.

Content of Course

Class time will be spent in conversation and discussion of material read outside of class. Emphasis on idiomatic expressions used in daily speech, grammar, and vocabulary building. Every class will focus on a particular conversational topic suggested by the tutor.

Topics will include: Russian festivals; holidays in Russia; hobbies and entertainment in contemporary Russia; the changing face of Moscow / St Petersburg; Russia in broad historical context; Russia and the world; Russia today (economics, politics, sports, science); and Russian media: television, newspapers, periodicals.

Teaching method(s)

Every week, a new topic will be introduced either through visual or textual stimuli (proverb, citation, newspaper cutting, video recordings). Texts, vocabulary lists and questions for discussion are provided by the tutor one week before the discussion of a particular text/topic takes place.

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Core Readings

Copies of articles, short stories and transcripts of video recordings will be provided by the tutor one week before discussion after the students have agreed upon the topics for discussion.

Web Sources

Online dictionary:

Online transliteration:

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course by the tutor.

Student support

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