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Unit information: Introduction to Russian for Graduate Students in 2017/18

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Unit name Introduction to Russian for Graduate Students
Unit code RUSSM0020
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. McNeilly
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

The unit will provide students with a knowledge of modern Russian inflectional and derivational morphology and syntax and introduce them to the concept of register. Emphasis will be on acquisition of a passive knowledge of the language for reading purposes. In the second teaching block students will be introduced to texts of a historical, political or sociological nature in the original. Teaching will be in small groups. There will be four classes a week over two teaching blocks. The unit will be assessed by a three-hour written examination in the Summer Term which will test knowledge of grammar, breadth of vocabulary, ability to translate from Russian into English and comprehension of a text of a historical, political or sociological nature.

Intended learning outcomes

Acquisition of a passive reading knowledge of Russian for research purposes

Teaching details

Up to four hours a week over two teaching blocks. Students will join the Y1 Russian ab initio groups of 15-20 students to study reading comprehension and grammar. In TB1 there will be a further 10 hours of subject- related language teaching in small tutorial groups: 5 hours of working with specialised texts and 5 hours of simple media articles on familiar topics from current affairs

Assessment Details

3 hour written examination in the summer exam period which will test knowledge of grammar, breadth of vocabulary, ability to translate from Russian to English and comprehension of a text of a cultural, historical, political or sociological nature.

Reading and References

Svetlana Le Fleming and Susan E. Kay, Colloquial Russian 1. Dedicated materials prepared in house by tutor.

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