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Unit information: Russian Language 2 for Single Honours in 2022/23

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Unit name Russian Language 2 for Single Honours
Unit code RUSS20062
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. McNeilly
Open unit status Not open

Relevant core language unit at level C/4



School/department Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts


To revise and deepen knowledge acquired in 1st year of the specified language, to practise and develop students’ oral, aural, reading writing and translation skills; to give students further linguistic skills and cultural background in preparation for residence abroad.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:
1. be able to communicate orally in the target language with a good degree of accuracy and fluency
2. be able to communicate in writing in the target language with a good degree of accuracy and fluency.
3. be able to work at an upper intermediate level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
4. be able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language.
5. be able to respond to, understand and interpret written texts at an upper intermediate level and mediate between the target language and English in an effective manner.
6. be able to demonstrate a high level of intercultural awareness through reflection on the culture and language studied in relation to the international context

Teaching details

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the Russian linguistic structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises

Assessment Details

  • Portfolio of 1000 words of written work to test Composition – 22.5% - assesses ILOs 2, 3 and 4
  • In class presentation / speaking exercise to assess Oral – 20% - assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • Two submitted pieces of translation coursework to test Translation into English – 22.5% - assesses ILOs 3, 4 and 5
  • Timed online exam – to include Reading Comprehension / Guided Writing / Grammar / Listening –25% - assesses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Group video presentation in TB1 – 10% - assesses ILO 6

In order to progress into Year 3, students would need to achieve an overall pass mark (40) and to have attempted all assessment components. Marks of below 40 in any of the four language skills would not prevent a student from progressing, as long as the overall average remained above 40 and the student has attempted all components of assessment. Students who receive an overall mark of below 40 will normally be required to re-sit all failed or missed components.


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