RUSS330-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Advanced Russian Language A

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This is the first of two advanced Russian language courses. It aims at improving students' all-round knowledge of contemporary Russian language and communication skills.

Students in this course are expected to attend all classes.

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

At the end of this course students will have developed good competence in the Russian language:
1. the ability to understand a wide range of sentence structures;
2. a firm understanding of advanced level prose;
3. an understanding of sociolinguistic registers;
4. familiarity with journalistic prose, formal, and informal use of language;
5. developed critical thinking via close-readings, argumentative presentations, and classroom discussions
6. the ability to compose prose using a variety of sentence structures, idiomatic expressions
and link words;
7. a heightened linguistic sensitivity facilitating the acquisition of other non-English languages

In addition, they will have acquired:
8. an enhanced intercultural understanding of Russian language and civilisation both within
Europe and globally (through history and in relation to current events);
9. a more general sensitivity to cultural diversity in a global context.

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.

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.


RUSS231, or
placement test.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Henrietta Mondry


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework assignments 25% Due weekly
Quizzes/minor tests 25% weekly and mid-term
Written test 1 20% Held week 7
Written test 2 20% Held week 12
Oral test 10% Held week 12

Textbooks / Resources

The required textbook for the course is Golosa, Book 2. The books are available for purchase at UBS. You need to buy 2 separately sold items: the textbook (packaged with student tape) and the workbook (softcover).

In addition to the lab hour, you can practice vocabulary and grammar in the lab in your spare time.

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,553.00

International fee $6,750.00

* 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.

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