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Russian 2

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Target level
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September, February
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Online course

This is an online course.
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Course description

The Russian 2 course is intended for those who have followed the Russian 1 course or have a comparable level (pre A1).
The following topics will be dealt with: buying something, sending a letter/package, making a phone call, reading announcements and advertisements. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Attention is also paid to the cultural context of the countries in which the language is spoken.

After this course you will be able to use some familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and ask and answer questions about personal details. One can react in a simple way, assuming that the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning material. Students are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately two hours per lesson).

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate will be awarded if the student attends 80% of the lessons and successfully completes the final test.

Course material

  • Passport to Russia 1 textbook, Lessons 5 and 6. M Louwerse/L. Lubotsky. ISBN 9789061433576
  • Passport to Russia 1 workbook, Lessons 5 and 6. M. Louwerse/L. Lubotsky. ISBN 9789061433583

The textbook used in this course contains 15 chapters and corresponds to 2 complete levels of the CEFR/ERK. The book is designed to guide you to A2. The content is spread over five courses.  After Russian 1 you will reach level PRE A1 and after Russian 2 level A1.1. After Russian 3 you will reach level A1.2 (A1), after Russian 4 level 2.1 and after Russian 5 level A2.2 (A2).

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University. The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education.

Participants who have successfully completed the Russian 1 course at the Academic Language Centre or who can otherwise demonstrate the required entry level may apply.  A basic knowledge of English is required.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for an online course is 16 and for a classroom course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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