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Samara State Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities

International Summer School

Intensive Russian Language Course

(elementary level)

(August 1st – August 22nd, 2013)

I. Institution

1. Institution’s name

Samara State Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities

2. Faculty (Department)

Department of Foreign Languages

3. Postal address


Web – Homepage

65/67, M.Gorkiy street, Samara, 443099, Russia

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4. Contact person/coordinator

Dr. Valeriya V.Bondareva

Head of International Department

Phone: +7-846-2696-416

Phone/fax: +7-846-2695-972

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Dr. Marina A. Torgasheva

Head of Russian Language Centre

Phone: +7-846-2696-416

Phone/fax: +7-846-2695-972

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II.Course Profile

5. Course Title

Intensive Russian Language Course (elementary level)

6. Course profile

Upon completion the course the students will be able

• to understand and use familiar expressions and very basic phrases aimed at satisfying everyday needs (greetings, personal and family life, shopping, eating out, accommodation and housing, transport and finding a way out, expressing likes and dislikes and so on);

• to introduce themselves and others;

• to ask and answer personal questions;

• to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

In this introductory course students develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students acquire foundational grammar structures and vocabulary and learn communicative skills for simple everyday situations.

7. ECTS points

5 ECTS points

8. Class hours/week

30 hours/week

9. Language of Instruction

English, Russian

10. Integrated cultural program

City trip, the Volga journey, visits to Stalin’s Bunker, Observation Platform, Local Lore museum, trying traditional national cuisine; welcome and farewell parties; out of cities trips, beach activities (swimming and getting suntanned)

11. Number of students in a group


14. Course’s duration

3 weeks

15. Course’s earliest possible beginning

August, 1st, 2013

16. Cost of the program

700 euro (incl. visa invitation letter, post expenses, tuition fee, accommodation, two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) and cultural program)

III. Accommodation

17. Accommodation conditions:

Three beds hotel rooms (with a toilet and a shower) in the very centre of the city, a five minutes’ walk from the university and the Volga river (breakfast, business lunch in nearby restaurants is provided, group transfer from the airport to the hotel are included)


Introduction to the Russian language teaches basic reading, writing and speaking skills to beginners.

The content of this course meets the Russian government’s educational standard for teaching Russian as a foreign language (elementary level):

- a set of propositions and intentions;

- a set of the language means realizing selected propositions and intentions;

- situations of dialogue;

- themes and types of monological and dialogical texts.


The course aims at helping the student to acquire a working knowledge of Russian so that he could:

- communicate with Russians on topics covered by the situations dealt with in the course;

- express his thoughts in Russian on the basis of grammar and vocabulary studied;

- read and retell simple texts.


- to pronounce Russian words correctly, observing an accent and rhythmic of a word; to use a correct intonation in order to make statements in Russian;

- to be phonetically correct, while reading words, groups of words, sentences, small texts;

- to understand simple instructions: public signs in shops, supermarkets, post offices, hospitals, to understand basic information about the use of medicaments;

- to understand and use familiar expressions and very basic phrases aimed at satisfying everyday needs (greetings, personal and family life, shopping, eating out, accommodation and housing, transport and finding a way out, expressing likes and dislikes and so on);

- to introduce themselves and others;

- to ask and answer personal questions;

- to describe people and places;

- to give an opinion on everyday topics.

Programme contents

Topic areas

- Personal identification and description

- Forms of address: formal and informal style

- The family and family relationships

- The house, the home, the environment

- Shopping and leisure

- Health

- Boundaries of space and time

Grammar contents

- Russian spelling: graphemes and phonemes

- Concise data on Russian pronunciation (reduction, assimilation, etc.)

- Nouns: plurals and gender

- Qualifiers and pronouns

- Adjectives: positive, comparative and superlative degrees

- Prepositions of time and space

- Declension of nouns, adjectives and pronouns in the singular and plural

- Regular and irregular verbs; the Present Tense, the Past Tense and the Future Tense

- Verb conjugation

- Modal verbs (restricted)

- The main methods of expressing location, direction and time

- The main types of simple and complex sentences

Teaching methodology

The classes are theoretical-practical. The teaching content is presented through the resolution of linguistic situations which offer the practice of structures both orally and in writing. Spoken interaction in the classroom and the production of short texts about personal and social situations will be the principal practice activities.

In presenting and consolidating the grammar and vocabulary the functional approach is consistently followed (presentation of the contents in speech patterns and model sentences, the communicative slant of the exercises, etc.)

Thematically relevant proverbs, saying, extracts from poetry and songs broaden the cognitive range of the course and provide material for the development of the student’s dialogical speech (conversation, discussion) and his monological (oral and written) speech as well.

Cultural visits will be arranged to various places in samara, namely the Market, the Museum, traditional shops, so that spoken communication can be practiced in an authentic context.

Teaching materials

Chernyshov, S.I. Let’s go! Russian for adults. A course for beginners. – 6th ed. – St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2008.

Khavronina, S.A., Shirochenskaya, A.I. Russian in Exercises. – 17th ed. – Moscow: Rus. Courses, 2008.

Maximova, A.L. Lessons of Russian language etiquette. – 3d ed. – St. Petersburg: Zlatoust, 2006.

Ovsiyenko, Y.G. Russian for Beginners. – 14th ed. – Moscow: Rus. Courses, 2007.

Vyshnyakov, S.A. Russian as a Foreign Language. – Moscow: Flinta, 2007.

CDs of Russian music, Russian films.

Assessment methods and instruments

Continuous assessment through oral participation in classes and the production of short texts.

Students will be expected to complete a midterm and a final examination test.

The elementary Course offered by Russian Language Center for Foreign Students end with exams after which students receive Elementary Level Certificate.

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