Join us to learn Russian with the experts!
At a glance
- Live online course
- Various levels
- 2 hours a week
- Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
- 20 weeks: October to March
- Tutor: Katya Rogatchevskaia
- Fees from £220 to £410
- Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
- Book from 15 August
Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.
Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.
With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.
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This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.
Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.
This 20-week Beginners course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Russian but would like to be able to use the language in a number of everyday situations, to read simple Russian texts, to write on a basic level and to understand simple statements, questions and announcements.
The textbook material covered and practised will enable students to communicate in Russian on a number of topics, such as:
- The airport, customs control;
- Speaking about yourself (nationality, profession etc.);
- In a Russian hotel; how to order food in a restaurant or buffet;
- Your family;
- Meeting people and parting from them;
- Days of the week, seasons and numbers;
- Hobbies and activities;
- Time and dates;
- Your home
Main grammar areas covered on the course are:
- Nouns: declension of nouns in the singular and nominative plural;
- Adjectives, possessive pronouns, personal pronouns, long and short adjectives;
- Verbs: present tense of first and second conjugations, past tense (imperfective), modal verbs, reflexive verbs;
This 20-week Intermediate course aims to provide opportunities for consolidation, practice and further study of Russian. We assume that you are able to communicate simply and understand in the most common familiar situations, you can read Cyrillic, know basic vocabulary (ca 800-1000 words) and basic grammatical forms of verbs and noun cases. This course will aim to improve the skills you have acquired at level A1 and we will be working towards completing A2 level. The course will also be suitable for those who would like to come back to learning Russian after a break.
The course will help students to refresh and consolidate their basic language skills, revise some of the lexical repertoire and grammar structures learnt previously, and further develop fluency for interaction in a variety of ways and for a range of purposes. The focus will be on the grammar of the Russian verb and communication and listening practices.
In addition to the textbook used for this course, extra material will be supplied from a variety of other textbooks and online courses as appropriate. There will be exercises and reading on the shared screen, as well as use of free digital resources (e.g. YouTube videos and audio). In addition, there will also be speaking practice (telling stories in turns, conversations, communicative situations etc.).
The following grammar and subject topics to be covered:
- Russian verbs – aspects and verbs of motion (continuation)
- Nouns and pronouns in plural, and adjectives in singular and plural in all cases
- Cardinal and ordinal numerals
- Shopping and clothes
- Sports, holidays and festivals
- Weather and climate
- Body parts
- At home
Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.
- Ruslan Russian 1 by John Langran and Natalya Veshnyeva, Ruslan Limited (4th edition, 2008), accompanied by an audio CD
The course will cover at least 9 lessons of the textbook (out of 10 in total).
- Ruslan Russian 2 by John Langran and Natalya Veshnyeva, Ruslan Limited (4th edition, 2008), accompanied by an audio CD
Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.
If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.
If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.
Contact details for course-level advice: Professsor Charles Drage (Russian Coordinator), firstname.lastname@example.org
All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.
Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Professsor Charles Drage (Russian Coordinator), email@example.com
All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.
All times stated are British Standard Time.
To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.
This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.
Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.
We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.
All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle. For one hour courses there is no break.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|40||20|| £410 (Early Bird Rate: £370*)
||£240 (Early Bird Rate: £220*)||£320 (Early Bird Rate: £290*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October only | All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course.|
Rate Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of the Friends of Imperial College
- Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term||Summer School|
|40||20||19 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 (9 weeks)* PLUS||11 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 (11 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
|* Followed by the Christmas break|
Web enrolment starts 15 August
Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
- The following email notifications are sent:
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Is sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756