RUSS130-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Elementary Russian Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 4 March 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 20 May 2016


Russian language course for absolute beginners, i.e. students with no knowledge of Russian, based on the communicative approach.

This is an elementary Russian language course. It is a course for absolute beginners in Russian. There are no prerequisites for RUSS130, apart from a sound knowledge of English. 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 the basic elements of language which might well be neglected otherwise. It also means that everyone starts at the same level.

Students in this language course are expected to attend class 4 times per week and to be ready to participate in everyday conversations and role-playing exercises. This is the most important component of your learning, where you can receive immediate feedback.  

Note on attendance:  Languages are learned by doing, and the tutorial-style sessions in this course are designed to create an atmosphere in which students can try out their language skills on each other. If you do not attend regularly and do not keep up with the work, you will therefore not only be cheating yourself, but you will also be holding back the other students with whom you are working.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course students will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening).  By the end of the course the average student will be able to understand interactions in everyday settings; in addition he or she will be able to name common objects of daily life, to express a range of basic wishes, and to use the present and past tenses to narrate simple events.  Reading and listening comprehension are components of the course, and by the end of it students should be able to read brief texts and to understand the fundamentals of Russian textual structures in written and spoken speech.  Students will also practice writing and should be able to narrate events and communicate basic things about themselves.

    Also students will:
  • develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
  • have examined cultural beliefs and values in Russia, which in turn students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than their own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Russia and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts;
  • develop specific linguistic skills in Russian that will enhance students’ opportunities for a successful career;
  • develop linguistic skills to engage and interact with members of the Russian-speaking community in New Zealand.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Evgeny Pavlov


Evgenia Dovbysh


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-class vocabulary and grammar quizzes 15%
In-class oral quizzes / conversation assignments 10%
Lab homework and written homework assignments 20%
Language Perfect quizzes 5%
Written test 1 20%
Written test 2 20%
Oral test 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Robin, Richard M. , Evans-Romaine, Karen., Shatalina, Galina; Golosa : a basic course in Russian : book 1 ; 5th ed; Pearson, 2012.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $717.00

International fee $2,913.00

* 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 RUSS130 Occurrences

  • RUSS130-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016