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Russian 5

Start level
A2.1
Target level
A2
Start courses
September, February
Language of instruction
Russian/English/Dutch

Online course

This is an online course. To be able to participate in this course, you are advised to use a headset with microphone. The following requirements also apply:

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Course description

The Russian 5 course is intended for those who have followed the Russian 4 course or have a comparable level (A2.1). The following topics are covered: eating in a restaurant, asking what time it is, booking tickets for the theatre, staying overnight in a hotel, reading advertisements and short articles. 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. One can communicate in simple and everyday tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange on familiar and everyday matters. They can describe in simple terms aspects of their own background, immediate environment and matters of immediate concern.       

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, Lessons 13-15. Textbook, M Louwerse/L. Lubotsky. ISBN: 9789061433576
  • Passport to Russia 1, Lessons 13-15. Workbook, M. Louwerse/L. Lubotsky. ISBN: 9789061433583


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

Course materials are not included in the course price. Course material should be purchased from bookshops.

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 4 course at the Academic Language Centre or who can otherwise demonstrate the required entry level may apply. 

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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