RUSS131-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Elementary Russian Language B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


A Russian language course that follows on from RUSS130, based on the coummunicative approach.

This is a part two of the elementary Russian language course. It is a continuation of RUSS130 course.

Students in this language course are expected to attend class 4 times per week and to be ready to participate in everyday conversations and role-playing exercises. This is the most important component of your learning, where you can receive immediate feedback.

Note on attendance: Languages are learned by doing, and the tutorial-style sessions in this course are designed to create an atmosphere in which students can try out their language skills on each other. If you do not attend regularly and do not keep up with the work, you will therefore not only be cheating yourself, but you will also be holding back the other students with whom you are working.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course you should have acquired:
1. Basic knowledge and understanding of Russian grammar and sentence patterns;
2. Understanding of appropriate everyday expressions and behaviours in context; some basic knowledge of Russian culture;
3. Basic ability to grammatically analyse and comprehend simple Russian texts;
4. Ability to conduct basic conversations and communicate effectively, using basic Russian grammar and expressions in everyday situations (such as greetings, introductions, shopping, telling the time, asking directions and ordering food).
5. develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
6. have examined cultural beliefs and values in Russia, which in turn students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than their own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Russia and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts;
7. develop specific linguistic skills in Russian that will enhance students’ opportunities for a successful career;
8. develop linguistic skills to engage and interact with members of the Russian-speaking community in New Zealand.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.




Course Coordinator

Henrietta Mondry


Evgenia Dovbysh


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Vocabulary and grammar quizzes 15% Weekly
In-class oral quizzes/conversation assignments 10% Weekly
Lab homework and written homework assignments 25% weekly
Written test 1 20%
Written Test 2 20%
Oral test 1 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Robin, Richard M. , Evans-Romaine, Karen., Shatalina, Galina; Golosa : a basic course in Russian : book 1 ; 5th ed; Pearson, 2012.

Additional material is available on Learn

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All RUSS131 Occurrences

  • RUSS131-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • RUSS131-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)