RUSS131-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Elementary Russian Language B

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A Russian language course that follows on from RUSS130, based on the coummunicative approach.

This is the second part of the elementary Russian language course set. It builds on the knowledge of Russian grammar and vocabulary acquired in RUSS130. Students will familiarize themselves with, and learn to use, the Russian case system and will also have the basics of Russian tenses as well as get introduced to the aspect of Russian verbs. Vocabulary topics cover a wide range of subjects, including study, shopping, eating, housing, etc. At the end of the course students will be able to conduct basic conversation in Russian and read and understand simpler texts in a variety of genres. The course is based on the communicative approach, which means that students will be focused on interaction in Russian.

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 you 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 is a component 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. Students will also practice writing intensively and should be able to narrate events and communicate basic things about themselves with precision.

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.




Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 241 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 241 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Okeover 106 (Okeover Room) 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 413 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

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 1 10%


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 $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All RUSS131 Occurrences

  • RUSS131-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018
  • RUSS131-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)