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Russian Level 2 Lower Intermediate

Course description: Level 2 Russian is for the people who have recently completed the beginners course or who already have the basic knowledge of the language and it's grammar acquired through visits to the country or self-study. The course aims at giving students further understanding of grammar, developing broader vocabulary and four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Topics: Talking about family and friends, basic banking, using Russian postal services, changing money, talking about the weather, making arrangements to meet and go out, making appointments, using medical and pharmaceutical services, body parts, describing people, shopping and prices, clothes, shoes and colours, sizes and trying on, travelling by different modes of transport, work and leisure.

Skills: Understanding the main points of clear standard speech on familiar and regularly encountered matters, as well as the main points of some TV/video/audio mass media programmes and sources on familiar topics when delivery is slow and clear. Understanding simple texts containing mainly everyday language, descriptions of events, wishes and feeling in personal letters/messages. Dealing with most travel and everyday life situations, entering and keeping up conversations on familiar topics. Expressing opinions and giving reasons. Narrating a simple short story. Writing simple texts on familiar topics and personal letters/messages.

Grammar: Pronouns, nouns, numbers, ordinal numbers and adjective cases use, prepositions and the cases they take, comparative of adjectives and adverbs, superlative, conjunctions, reflective verbs, verb aspect and forms of the past, present and future tense, verbs of motion (prefixed and non-prefixed), the personal pronouns сам and себя, the possessive pronoun свой, negatives and other types of pronouns.

Study Materials

Ruslan Russian 2 (Communicative Course for Beginners in Russian) by John Langran and Natalya Veshnyeva (ISBN 978-1899785520)

Ruslan Russian 2 (Student Book) (ISBN 978-1-899785-23-0)

Apart from the main text and exercise books other materials such as A Living Russian Grammar by N. Bikekhtina, Ruslan Russian Grammar, audio and Internet materials and the teacher's own materials are used.