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Russian Level 3 Upper Intermediate

Course description: This course is for people who completed the Lower Intermediate course or who have sound knowledge of the language acquired through visits to the country or through self-study. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course aims at developing four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Topics: Work, profession, daily life, life style, leisure, shopping, food and eating habits, health, travelling, human body and looks, a person’s character, ecology and global problems, home and interior, children and teenagers’ problems, language learning, world economy and life standards.

Skills: General discussion; expressing one’s views; topic presentation; narration; listening comprehension; role-plays; watching Russian video; writing short essays.

Grammar: Time phrases, verbs of motion without prefix, word-formation, case revision, phrases expressing reason, perfective and imperfective imperative, verbs of motion with prefix, phrases of concession, indefinite pronouns, comparative and superlative adjectives, short adjectives, reflexive pronouns, conditional phrases, subjunctive mood, negative constructions, participles, passive constructions, verbal adverbs.

Course book: Poekhali! By S. Chernyshev and A. Chernysheva, Part 2, books I–II (ISBN 978-5-86547-435-7 and 978-5-86547-437-1) Chapters 1-27

Grammar materials used in class as handouts: A Living Russian Grammar by N. Bitekhtina et al (Beginner­­–Intermediate and Intermediate II levels); Let’s Improve Our Russian by N. Volkova and D. Phillips. Apart from the main textbook, Internet texts, video and audio materials as well as teacher’s own materials are being used.