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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Russian but would like to be able to use the language in a number of everyday situations, to read simple Russian texts, to write on a basic level and to understand simple statements, questions and announcements.

The textbook for the course is Ruslan Russian 1 by John Langran and Natalya Veshnyeva Ruslan Limited (4th edition, 2008) accompanied by an audio CD.

During the 20 sessions, each 2 hours in length, the course will cover at least 9 lessons of the textbook (out of 10 in total). The material covered and practised will enable students to communicate in Russian on a number of topics, such as:

  • The airport, customs control;
  • Speaking about yourself (nationality, profession etc.);
  • In a Russian hotel; how to order food in a restaurant or buffet;
  • Directions;
  • Your family;
  • Meeting people and parting from them;
  • Days of the week, seasons and numbers;
  • Hobbies and activities;
  • Time and dates;
  • Your home

Main grammar areas covered on the course are:

  • Nouns: declension of nouns in the singular and nominative plural;
  • Adjectives, possessive pronouns, personal pronouns, long and short adjectives;
  • Verbs: present tense of first and second conjugations, past tense (imperfective), modal verbs, reflexive verbs;
  • Adverbs

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Russian Coordinator, Prof Charles Drage, charles.drage@imperial.ac.uk.