• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 22 weeks
  • School: Humanities

Get to know a fascinating language and the many different cultures associated with it, by studying Russian. Learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Get to know a fascinating language and the many different cultures associated with it, by studying Russian.

Learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Why study Russian?

Russian is used by approximately 300 million people either as a first or second language in the world, not just in Russia and in former Soviet republics. It belongs to the Slavonic branch of the large Indo-European language family, sharing many similar features with other Indo-European languages such as French, German, Greek, Italian to mention but a few.

It is widely used in business, politics, research, cultural fields and of course, it enables you to communicate in large areas of the world where Russian is the main lingua franca just as in Russia itself.

It is an official language in:

  • Russia
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Abkhazia
  • South Ossetia
  • Gagauzia
  • Transnistria
  • IAEA
  • United Nations

and a recognised minority language in:

  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Mongolia

Languages for All at Dundee

This course is part of the Languages for All programme at Dundee, offering everyone the opportunity to study a language, whether for personal or professional reasons.

Classes are taught in the evening and you can choose from a wide range of languages, many of which are available at different levels.

Visit the Languages website for the full list of languages available.

Benefits of studying with us include use of library facilities with language-specific support material, and our Languages Film Club.

 

University of Dundee Students ...

If you are a student at the University of Dundee, you can also join a Languages for All course:

  • undergraduates on many degrees can take an accredited, 22-week, Languages for All course in place of one of their 20-credit modules, at Levels 1 & 2, and there is no cost,
  • postgraduates studying an MLitt (masters) degree, if you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), then you can enrol on a Languages for All course at no cost,
  • all students can enrol on Languages for All courses in additional to their main area of study, at the student rates.

Study Options

22 weeks accredited study

You study for two semesters (22 weeks), and complete formal assessments.

On successful completion you receive a University of Dundee Certificate in Modern Languages, worth 20 credits at SCQF Levels 7/8.

Accredited classes are eligible for a Part-Time Free grant from SAAS depending on your circumstances.

Timetable

Year Long Courses

Beginners - Stage 1 - from September Wednesday 5.30 - 7.30pm
Lower Intermediate - Stage 2 - from September Thursday 5.30 - 7.30pm
Intermediate - Stage 3 - from September Thursday 5.30 - 7.30pm

 

Find out more

Use the tabs at the top of the page to find out more:

  • Course content is on the "What You'll Study" tab.
  • Find out which level of study would suit you on the "Entry Requirements" tab.
  • Check the "Fees & Funding" tab above for details of the fees for these options, and grants available. 
  • How to pay information is given on the "Your Application" tab.

Related Courses

The full course last for 22 weeks, starting in September.

Find out more below about the content of the different stages.

Our emphasis is on:

  • fostering communicative competence,
  • linguistic knowledge, and
  • intercultural awareness

Speaking in class is our main priority, but reading, listening and writing skills are also taught, using authentic audio and written materials and on-line resources.

Course Content

Topics:

  • Basic pronunciation: the alphabet, numbers, dates and times, the calendar
  • personal information, asking for and answering personal information
  • talking about and describing others
  • family, daily routine, social language
  • likes and dislikes
  • leisure activities
  • shopping
  • jobs, nationalities, countries
  • places in town, understanding directions, snacks and drinks etc.
  • reading and writing the Russian script

Grammar: Present tense, negation; interrogation; personal pronouns; possessive adjectives and pronouns; common adjectives; agreements; number and gender of nouns; prepositions; common adverbs; awareness of formal and informal usage; imperative, simple past, immediate future in indicative mood (including reflexive forms);

Learning outcomes

  • communicate simply in the spoken language in a range of everyday situations in such a way that basic daily requirements can be met
  • understand some specific details of simple everyday aural and written messages (e.g. postcard, e-mails)
  • recognise and use some of the basic features of the grammatical system of the language, and use a bilingual dictionary confidently
  • use a small range of 'repair strategies' to overcome communication breakdown in a range of basic everyday situations
  • describe some differences between own language and culture and target language and culture
  • understand and translate short passages
  • short presentations, describing person of your choice, answering questions
  • use language skills at Level A1, as described in the Council of Europe Common European Framework (CEF).

Course Content

Topics:

  • Personal information
  • daily routine
  • food and drink
  • travel and transport
  • social language
  • accommodation abroad
  • likes and dislikes
  • leisure activities
  • home and family
  • shopping
  • jobs
  • health
  • geography and weather
  • telephone calls
  • describing a place
  • tourist brochures
  • arranging to meet someone
  • physical appearance
  • describing your job and your education etc.

Grammar: Revision/introduction of: the present, past and future in indicative mood (including reflexive forms); negation; pronouns (personal, demonstrative, possessive); interrogation; possessive and demonstrative adjectives; agreements between nouns and adjectives; number and gender of nouns; a range of prepositions; adverbs and some adverbial phrases of time and place; conjunctions; formal and informal usage.

Learning outcomes

  • communicate satisfactorily in the spoken language in a range of everyday social and transactional situations
  • communicate satisfactorily in the written language in basic informal situations (notes, informal letters)
  • understand the main points and specific details of simple aural and written messages
  • recognise and use the basic features of the grammatical system of the language, and to use a bilingual dictionary competently
  • use a range of 'repair strategies' to overcome communication breakdown
  • describe some of the main differences between own language and culture and target language and culture
  • understand and translate short passages
  • describe a place, presentation skills, answering questions
  • use language skills at Level A1 (all skill*areas) and selected skills areas of A2, as described in the Council of Europe Common European Framework (CEF).

Course Content

Topics:

  • Giving/asking for information
  • asking for/giving information
  • expressing likes and dislikes
  • asking for/giving times, prices, and dimensions
  • giving detailed descriptions
  • reporting events
  • asking for/ giving directions
  • giving explanations
  • talking about one's job/studies
  • making comparisons
  • asking for/giving an opinion
  • describing your intentions, agreeing/disagreeing
  • asking permission, giving instructions, complaining
  • giving advice
  • arranging dates, meetings
  • using colloquial language
  • summarising texts etc.

Grammar: Revision/introduction of: the main tenses in the indicative mood; basic active and passive voices; pronouns (personal, demonstrative, possessive, reflexive); nouns: gender, singular, plural; case endings in main contexts; prepositions; modals and auxiliaries; declension of adjectives/ adjectival agreement; comparison of adjectives; some principles of word formation; word order; adverbial phrases of time, manner, place; conjunctions; formation of verbs; negation; questions, the subjunctive mood.

Learning outcomes

  • communicate adequately in a range of social, transactional and work-related situations
  • understand the main points and specific details of everyday aural and written messages and texts
  • write short everyday messages and simple letters/e-mails (informal and formal)
  • recognise and use the basic features of grammar confidently and accurately, and be aware of more complex features of the language system; use a bilingual dictionary competently
  • use a range of 'repair strategies' to overcome communication breakdown
  • describe differences between own language and culture and target language and culture
  • personal presentation on a film or a book
  • understand and translate passages
  • use language skills at Level A2 (all skill* areas) and selected skill* areas of B1 (as described in the Council of Europe Common European Framework (CEF).

If you are taking this as an accredited course, there are several formal assessments, which include a reading/writing portfolio, a listening test and an oral assessment.

There are no assessments if you are registered on the non-accredited course.

You can progress through the stages of our Russian courses.

Use this checklist to assess your current language skills to help you decide which stage is best for you.

Be honest and realistic!  If you start in a class which is at too low a level, you may get bored and frustrated.  If you join a class which is at too high a level, you may struggle to keep up.

Stage 1

Do you have little or no knowledge of the language? AND

  • would like to gain a University Certificate at the end of the course? AND / OR
  • know only some simple phrases such as ‘Hello/Goodbye / How are you?/Please, Thank you/Excuse me’? AND / OR
  • can introduce yourself and talk simply about your self/ family? e.g. 'I am a student, I live in Dundee'... etc.

If you answered YES to most of these questions this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 2

Have you already learned some of this language either at school or a previous adult education class? AND

  • can you talk about your likes and dislikes?: 'I don’t like white wine, I prefer beer' . . . etc.
  • are you familiar with numbers up to at least 100?
  • can you order food and drinks in a restaurant, ask for tickets or book a room/table?, e.g. 'I would like to book a table for 7.30 tonight'
  • can you write a holiday postcard?
  • do you have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 1, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 3

Do you have a good Standard Grade/’O’ Grade/GCSE or have you attended adult education classes? AND / OR

  • have you spent a short time living in a country where the target language is spoken? AND
  • could you go shopping for clothes and ask for and describe what you want (colour, size, bigger, smaller, etc.) ? AND
  • could you talk or write in some detail about where you went on holiday last year and what you did? AND
  • could you talk or write about what you’re going to do next week?
  • do you have a general knowledge of basic grammar?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to these for Stage 2 this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Not sure?

If you are still unsure, please Contact Us.

Fees for courses starting in the academic year 2019/20

Module Fee - £303 (no concessions available)

* Students taking 20 credits in Languages for All as part of their degrees/pathways do not have to pay LfA fees in addition to their main tuition fees.

Part-Time Fee Grant

A Part-time Fee Grant is available if your personal income is £25,000 or less a year or you are in receipt of certain benefits. This Grant only applies to modules that are credit bearing (accredited languages modules – 20 credits) where the student completes a minimum of 30 credits in the academic year. This means choosing the continuous assessments option over both semesters in one academic year. Further information and an application form can be found at:

www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/index.htm

The only way to enrol in a Language for All course at Dundee is:

Online

Online via the University's secure online store www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk from July.

It is advisable to enrol early to avoid disappointment.  Only receipt of payment guarantees a place on the course.

 

Students will be emailed to set up their virtual learning account called MyDundee. Upon completion of the matriculation task (all details will be emailed) students will have access to course materials, updates and the University of Dundee library. A University of Dundee student card can also be issued once a photo is sent to the Enquiry Centre.

 

Cancellations & Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel classes when enrolments are insufficient.

Where more than one class is offered in the same language at the same level, we reserve the right to merge classes if numbers fall short of the minimum requirements.

We have a strict no refund policy.

A refund will only be possible if the course has been over-subscribed, is cancelled or the date of withdrawal from the course precedes the start date of the course. 

Refunds will also be made if withdrawn on medical grounds. All claims for refunds must be made in writing to the School of Humanities and supported by medical evidence. 

An administration charge of £10 will apply if conditions are not met.