RUSS101-13W (C) Whole Year 2013

Russian 1

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2013
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2013
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2013
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 30 August 2013


Russian language course for absolute beginners based on the communicative approach.

There are no prerequisites for RUSS101, apart from a sound knowledge of English. It is a course for absolute beginners. Its main emphasis is on the Russian language in its written and spoken form. Students gain a basic knowledge of grammar also. Our staff will use a communicative approach combined with audio-visual methods and work in the language laboratory. The fact that all first-year students of Russian are beginners is not as disadvantageous as it might seem. It means, in fact, that the course can focus on basic elements of language which might well be neglected otherwise. It also means that everyone starts at the same level.

It is suitable for English speakers with no knowledge of Russian, and for Russian background students with no literacy skills.

Learning Outcomes

This course will help students to develop basic reading, writing, translating and conversational skills. Students will learn elementary grammar which will help them to construct basic sentences and dialogues in Russian, enhancing their reading, comprehension and translating skills. Minimum vocabulary learnt in the course is about 1,200 words.

Course Coordinator

Evgeny Pavlov


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-class quizzes (5) 10%
In-class conversation assignments 10%
Homework translation and composition assignments 10%
Written Test 1 27 Mar 2013 10%
Written Test 2 22 May 2013 10%
Written Test 3 14 Aug 2013 10%
Written Test 4 02 Oct 2013 10%
Oral tests (2) 10%
Final exam 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

R. Robin et. al; Golosa: a Basic Course in Russian, Book 1 ; Fifth Edition; Pearson Education Inc. Boston, 2012 (Includes access to lab materials on the publisher's website).

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,288.00

International fee $5,600.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All RUSS101 Occurrences

  • RUSS101-13W (C) Whole Year 2013