Russian Beginners Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 120 Conc £45 Full £260

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 19:00 - 21:00 10 MAC 26/09/2019 05/12/2019 LR1025

What will the course cover?

• The Cyrillic alphabet • Introduction to grammar structures. • Perform and understand simple dialogues within the topic areas covered: polite words and expressions, greetings, introduce yourself and others, airport, directions, family, hotel, the time.

Who is the course for?

For complete beginners: for people who are planning a holiday, a business trip or have an interest in world affairs or in the riches of Russian culture and history

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No previous knowledge is required.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Students will be able to: • Read and write in Cyrillic (both handwritten and printed versions) • Count to 100 • Greet in formal and informal way • Make simple statements and ask questions: Who / what is it? Where is…? • Introduce yourself and others: name, family name, age, profession, place of living / work • Know members of the family • Ask and give directions • Speak about likes / dislikes • Use a number of Russian verbs in present, past and future tenses • Tell the time • Enquire about prices • Book accommodation in a hotel • Understand signposts and advertisements in Russian

How is the course organised?

Within the first four lessons students will learn the Cyrillic alphabet (both versions: handwritten and printed) along with polite phrases and first expressions. It is vital to persist in good attendance as after the first stage students will be able to start to work with the course book. We use a lot of handouts, games, formal exercises and realia. A lot of repetition, imitation, intonation exercises will be encouraged. All four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading will be introduced as integrated skills.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Students are expected to buy the course book which comes with a work book and audio. Working at home with the work book and listening to the tape are essential. Practising writing and recognition of the Cyrillic letters at home is expected as development of the reading skills will enable students to perform dialogues and read various texts. Some homework will be set for duration of 15 to 30 minutes. A visit to the country is always a good idea!

How will my progress be assessed?

Every lesson you are given different tasks so that progress can be assessed. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Russian beginners stage 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Course book: to be decided. CHECK WITH TUTOR BEFORE BUYING! A ring binder A4 paper

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.