LA1PR8N-IWLP Russian 2 Bridge non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LA1PR1 IWLP Russian 1 LA1PR2 IWLP Russian 2
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Virginia Dimitroff


Summary module description:

This module is intended for This module is intended for students with some degree of competence in another Slavic language or who have had some exposure to the Cyrillic script, but have no previous knowledge of the Russian language. It will enable them to acquire a basic understanding of Russian in an intensive yet manageable manner, which takes into account their previous knowledge and develops their ability to communicate in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance. The module will also provide students with an insight into aspects of society and every-day life in Russian-speaking countries.

Students will be taught alongside the IWLP Russian 2 (LA1PR2) cohort, but in the Autumn term will enjoy 10 additional contact hours to cover foundation grammar and vocabulary and boost their confidence in understanding and communicating in Russian. This is a challenging yet extremely rewarding module, which will enable highly motivated students to learn Russian at a conversational level (A2 of the CEFR) in a concentrated period of time.This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.  Reading University allows students from any year to take this module.

Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences.

Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.

They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For queries, contact

The module aims at providing students with:

- the ability to communicate in Russian in everyday situations about matters of most
immediate personal relevance.
- a competence in basic Russian grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate at a basic
level in everyday situations.
- insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Russian-speaking countries.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students will be able to:

-communicate in Russian at a basic level about a selection of simple and predictable everyday topics;
-understand native-speakers of Russian in frequently-occurring social functions and on topics related to areas of most immediate relevance;
-read simple written texts on familiar, everyday matters, that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language;
-write simple texts such as notes and messages rating to matters in areas of immediate need, or a letter describing personal habits and experiences;
-recognise several aspects of basic Russian grammar and to apply simple grammatical structures with increased confidence when speaking and writing about familiar, everyday matters;
-use a selection of basic Russian vocabulary in order to understand speakers and texts and communicate at a basic level in everyday situations.

Additional outcomes:
-developed their ability to work in a team and to a deadline
-strengthened their communication skills
-identified aspects of society and every-day life in Russian-speaking countries
-deepened their intercultural awareness and sensitivity for a different culture
-developed their independent learning skills

Outline content:
The module will introduce the language and communicative situations of selected of areas of life relevant to visiting Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. In the Autumn booster classes, topics will include personal information, family, food, accommodation and travel. Some of the topics covered in the main classes will be making arrangements to meet and go out, talking about family and friends, travelling by air and by train and going to the doctor’s . A solid linguistic foundation will be ensured by the study of grammar and vocabulary, always presented in context in an accessible and engaging way.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 36 30 4
Guided independent study 44 50 26
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 30.00
Total hours for module 190.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:”
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Length of examination:
A two-hour paper.

Requirements for a pass:
40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on the basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%)


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Last updated: 5 October 2017

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