RUSS331-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Advanced Russian Language B

30 points

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


This is the second of two advanced Russian language courses. It aims at improving students' all-round knowledge of contemporary Russian language and communication skills. In addition, students' translation skills will be enhanced through work on media sources and fictional texts.

This course aims to advance students’ language skills; its focus is on contemporary colloquial Russian. It further enhances students’ abilities to converse and write in Russian, improving their skills in translating and composition.

Students in this course are expected to attend all tutorial-type 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

At the end of this course students will

1. 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.

2. 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;

3. develop specific linguistic skills in Russian that will enhance students’ opportunities for a successful career;

4. develop linguistic skills to engage and interact with members of the Russian-speaking community in New Zealand.1. the ability to understand a wide range of sentence structures;

5. develop a firm understanding of advanced level prose;

6. develop an understanding of sociolinguistic registers;

7. develop familiarity with journalistic prose, formal, and informal use of language;

8. develop critical thinking via close-readings, argumentative presentations, and classroom discussions

9. develop the ability to compose prose using a variety of sentence structures, idiomatic expressions and link words; 10. develop a heightened linguistic sensitivity facilitating the acquisition of other non-English languages;

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.


RUSS330, or
placement test.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Evgeny Pavlov


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework assignments from workbook (12) 20% Due at the end of term
Written essasys (5) 10% Due at the end of term
Written test 1 25%
Written test 2 25%
Oral Test 1 20%

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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