RUSS231-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)

Intermediate Russian Language B

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This is the second of two intermediate Russian language courses. It extends the reading, writing and discussion skills acquired in RUSS230 and places greater emphasis on conversation skills.

It aims to further extend vocabulary and the use of grammatical structures so that students will be able to discuss and write about more challenging topics in Russian. It further develops students’ listening and speaking skills

Students in this language course are expected to attend all sessions.

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 hindering your own progress, 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).  

You will be able to understand everyday phrases when they are spoken slowly. If a person speaks quite fast, you'll be able to understand if the topic is familiar to you. You will be able to understand a conversation from the context even if you don't know all of the vocabulary.

You'll be able to understand brief texts, emails/letters from friends or colleagues. You'll be able to find necessary information in menus, ads, transport schedules and newspapers. You'll be able to understand the main idea of a simple short story and instructions.

You'll be able to start a conversation to gather necessary information in a shop, post office, travel agency or bank, etc. You'll be able to place orders in a café or restaurant; you'll know how to address people, ask about their wellbeing, invite them to the theatre, etc.. You'll be able to answer simple questions in everyday situations and talk on a range of topics covered in the course.

You'll be able to write about yourself, where you live, work, study, your interests or leisure activities. You'll be able to express your opinion, write an invitation, a letter, describe past events or your future plans.

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.


RUSS230, or placement test.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Henrietta Mondry


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework assignments 25% weekly
Vocabulary and Grammar quiz (2) 20%
Written test 1 20%
Written test 2 20%
Oral test 10%
Online quizzes 5%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Robin, Richard M. et al; Golosa: a basic course in Russian: book 2; Boston: Pearson.

Robin, Richard M. et al; Golosa: a basic course in Russian: Student Activities Manual for book 2; Boston: Pearson.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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 RUSS231 Occurrences

  • RUSS231-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • RUSS231-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)