Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU20636 Russian written and spoken language 2
| Credits: 12 |
| Academic Year|
|Assessment: CW 30%, EX 50%, OR 20%|
Aims: To deepen knowledge of Russian grammar, expand lexis and develop translation skills in several registers. To give students practice in expressing themselves in writing. To improve aural comprehension and to develop fluency in spoken Russian at the level of everyday conversation.
Students who complete the unit successfully will:
* have understood all the main grammatical structures of Russian
* have broadened their vocabulary in a number of specific areas
* be able to translate intermediate-level texts and produce written Russian to an intermediate standard with the aid of a dictionary
* be able to understand the gist of a TV news item or documentary
* be able to make a presentation and hold a conversation on practical themes.
Skills in precision and creativity in the use of written and spoken language, effective communication in the target language and translation are taught and assessed in this unit; skills in effective learning, CIT and adaptation to life in the target countries are developed in this unit.
Written Language: introduction of the remaining fundamental structures of Russian grammar followed by systematic review with exercises and drills drawn from a variety of sources; translations into Russian and English with discussion of grammatical points, lexis etc. Essay writing in Russian with discussion of stylistic points and vocabulary.
Spoken Language: small group conversation on a range of themes; role-playing; task-based use of audio-visual material. To assist vocabulary acquisition, work in written and spoken language will be organised around themes of geography and peoples, culture and recreation, social issues, history and politics.
Key text: T. Wade A Comprehensive Russian Grammar 2nd edn (Blackwell: 1998).