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Russian 3

Start level
Target level
Start courses
September, February
Language of instruction

Classroom course

This is a traditional classroom course.
The teacher and students are present in the physical classroom at the Leiden location.


Course description

The Russian 3 course is intended for participants who have followed the Russian 2 course or have a comparable level (A1.1).
The following topics are covered: days and months, inviting and responding to an invitation, asking for an explanation, the Russian education system, filling in a questionnaire and reading short texts. 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 following this course you will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to matters of immediate interest. You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of views on familiar and everyday matters. You can describe in simple terms aspects of your own background, immediate environment and matters of immediate need.    

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 7-9. M Louwerse/L. Lubotsky. ISBN 9789061433576
  • Passport to Russia 1 workbook. Lessons 7-9. 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 you will reach level A1.1 . After Russian 3 you will reach level A1.2 (A1), after Russian 4 you will reach level A2.1 and after Russian 5 you will reach 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 2 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 this 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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