RUSS130-18S1 (D) Semester One 2018 (Distance)

Elementary Russian Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


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

RUSS130 (D) is offered as Distance Learning course. For the campus based option please see RUSS130 (C).

Добро пожаловать! Welcome! 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 independent work with online course materials.

21st century learning leans heavily on material that is available electronically, for accessing on computers, notebook computers, netbooks, tablet devices or smartphones. This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer or tablet to access material for your course. You will be required to access our learning management system – Learn – and to become familiar with its tools. In this course we will use:

- Electronic files:  readings, presentations, images
- Audio and video: listening files of the textbook, weekly videos, supplemental listening or viewing
Learn forums and Facebook: writing about concepts addressed in the course and to consider the views and opinions of others, and to respond constructively to these
- Choice and Feedback tools: to enable you to complete short learning tasks and give feedback about the course

We want you to become familiar with communicating appropriately online individually and in groups, and generally to prepare yourself to live and work in the information age. Your confidence with using these electronic tools will also further increase your employability in the workplace as more employers expect a level of competence and confidence using computers and expect you to be able to use the Internet to find just-in-time information and resources to help troubleshoot problems and so on.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you computer has the latest free (downloadable) software such as Internet browsers. Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and Apple QuickTime, as well as a highly recommended word processor such as Microsoft Word or Pages, and a presentation tool such as PowerPoint or Keynote. Your computer should also be capable of playing video such as YouTube and our Echo 360 video materials and it should have a sound card and speakers or headphones for listening to material presented during the course.

Help for using Learn will be available online for enrolled students.

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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.



Course Coordinator

Evgeny Pavlov


Evgenia Dovbysh


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-class vocabulary and grammar quizzes (3) 15%
In-class oral quizzes / conversation assignments 10%
Written homework assignments 15%
Online quizzes on Learn 5%
Written test 1 20%
Written test 2 25%
Oral test 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* 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

  • RUSS130-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018
  • RUSS130-18S1 (D) Semester One 2018 (Distance)