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Unit information: Beginners Russian for Visiting Students in 2021/22

Unit name Beginners Russian for Visiting Students
Unit code UWLP10028
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Ms. McNeilly
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a general introduction to the target language. It is intended:

  • To provide students with a foundation of the essential structures of the target language, enabling them to communicate using familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • To enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve an elementary level of communicative competence in interacting in a simple way with speakers of that language
  • To introduce students to the customs, culture and society of the countries in which the language is spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. be able to communicate orally and in writing at a basic level with a degree of accuracy and fluency.

2. be able to work at a simple level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.

3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language

4. be able to understand and interpret simple written texts at a basic level

5. be able to respond to simple written texts at a basic level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered online. Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the Russian language structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

  • In-class tests of Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 *In-class Presentation / Speaking exercise to assess Oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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