UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Russian Level 4 Lower Advanced

Course description: 

Lower Advanced is for people who have completed Upper Intermediate Level Course and are familiar with main grammar structures: declension of nouns and adjectives (both singular and plural) in all cases, imperfective and perfective aspects of verbs, reflexive verbs, verbs of motion including prefixes, Present, Past and Future Tenses. Please note that this course does not require impeccable or extensive knowledge of these structures but students should be familiar with all of them.

The course runs over three ten-week terms and each lesson is two hours long.  It is designed to provide a smooth transition from Upper Intermediate to Advance level. Along with conversational language the course provides a   gentle introduction to the language of media students will encounter to a wider extent at Advanced level.

The course dedicates a lot of time to regular revision of previously learnt grammar / vocabulary and offers a gradual introduction to new grammatical structures and topic-related vocabulary. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) are incorporated in each lesson.

On this course students will learn to express their opinion, agreement or disagreement, ask questions about the topic of discussion, as well as to summarise key points and paraphrase. This course will help them understand the use of different grammatical structures, registers and vocabulary in texts and audio adapted from authentic resources and advanced level textbooks to the required level. A variety of communicative and writing activities will enable students to expand their vocabulary on a selection of topics and use newly acquired words and phrases in a discussion.

Most of the topics are re-visited at a more advanced level on the next course.

Course textbook and supplementary resources



  • Teacher’s materials (texts and audio adapted from advanced level textbooks and  authentic online resources to the required level)


Topics (may be introduced on the course in a slightly different order)

  • Lifestyle
  • Interests and values in modern society
  • Culture:  language, cinema, theatre
  • Tourism and travel
  • Sport
  • Personality
  • History and biography
  • Family and education
  • Economy and social problems

Grammar (may be introduced on the course in a slightly different order)

  • Revision of noun and adjective declension
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Dates (cardinal and ordinal numbers)
  • Imperfective and perfective verbs
  • Prefixed verbs of motion
  • Indefinite pronouns (someone, something, anything, anyone)
  • Comparative and superlative forms of adjectives
  • Long and short forms of adjectives
  • Condition (real and unreal)
  • Possibility and wishes
  • Cases after various prepositions
  • Double negatives
  • Active and passive participles, gerund (brief introduction to literary style)