Russian Dolls

A Post-GCSE or equivalent module in Russian language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 2nd Years
  • Mondays 16.00-18.00
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for students with some prior knowledge of the Russian language and the culture of Russia.

This module aims to: -

  • Develop further all the basic language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Revise and consolidate basic grammar
  • Introduce more complex grammatical structures and extend vocabulary
  • Gain further insights into culture and daily life in Russia

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following: -

  • Successfully completed Russian Level 1
  • Gained a Russian GCSE Qualification
  • Have already achieved the equivalent level by other means 

Please note: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

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Learning outcomes

  Moscow City This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Describe the place where you live or have lived
  • Give a stage by stage account of how you come to the college every day
  • Say how you spend your free time
  • Talk about the weather
  • Greet your Russian friends and congratulate them on their birthdays and the Russian public holidays

Indicative core content

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You may not have had contact with the language for some time, and therefore the initial emphasis in the first term will be on a thorough revision of the basic Russian structures that you will have met with previously. New structures will also be introduced. In addition, your communication skills will be developed, both in the spoken and the written language.

Basic linguistic structures include:  

  • The dative and instrumental cases
  • Impersonal constructions
  • Accusative and prepositional plurals
  • Verbs of motion
  • Telling the time, months, dates and ages
  • Relative clauses
  • Comparative adjectives and adverbs


  • People’s physical characteristics
  • Their personality traits
  • Health and sickness
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Descriptions of cities and towns
  • Travelling by car, train or plane
  • Vacation plans
  • Sightseeing while on holiday

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.


  • Coursework: Grammar and writing task 100-120 words (15%)
  • Examination: Reading comprehension, grammar and  writing task 150-170 words (15%)
  • Coursework: Reading and writing (180-200 words) and grammar (20%)
  • Examination: Listening comprehension (approx 5-7 mins. audio) and speaking (25%)
  • Practical: 14 minute Oral Exam including role play and general conversation (25%)

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Anna S. Kudyma, Frank S. Miller, Olga E. Kagan, Beginner’s Russian with Interactive Online Workbook. A Basic Russian Course (Hippocrene Books, Inc., New York, 2010, 5th printing, 2015), Chapters 12-24. ISBN-13: 978-0-7818-1251-1 (pbk.). 

Additional material: The University of Leeds video course V Moskvu? V Moskvu! (Leeds/Moscow, 1999).