RUSS130-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Elementary Russian Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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).

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.

Delivery of Distance course
The Russian distance course has a dedicated course site on Learn, UC’s online learning
management system, with comprehensive resources, usually structured on a week-by-week basis.
Online support will be available for students via online forums and a weekly communication
session with a tutor via Zoom.

In this course, students will be expected to:
• Organise their workload evenly throughout the week. They are strongly recommended to
draft their own schedules in such a way, that they can find at least one hour a day to do their
Russian studies, which includes reading the online course material, working on assignments,
and preparing and sitting quizzes and tests.
• Submit their homework assignments and tests by the due date.
• Attend and participate in Zoom sessions. This is an important component of their learning,
where they can receive immediate feedback.

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, you 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.
  • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.



Course Coordinator

Evgeny Pavlov


Evgenia Dovbysh


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Vocabulary and grammar quizzes (3) 15%
Online session conversation assignments (12) 10%
Online quizzes on Learn 5% Due weekly
Written homework assignments (12) 20% due weekly
Written test 1 20% Held end of term 1
Written test 2 20% Held end of term 2
Oral test 10% Held end of semester 1

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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

All exercises from the Student Activity Manual (SAM) will be emailed to you at the start of each Unit.
The audio component of SAM will be available on Learn in its entirety.

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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

  • RUSS130-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • RUSS130-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)