Russian 3 (Upper-) Intermediate

Course description Russian 3 (Upper-) Intermediate
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 5182KL11B
Teacher(s):
  • O.K. Karmanova
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 200
Period: Semester 2, Block III, IV
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Russian 1 Beginners and Russian 2 Pre-Intermediate.

Description

This Russian language course is meant for students with knowledge of the language on level A2 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). The course will provide students with further knowledge of Russian grammar and vocabulary usage (idiomatic approach) and aims to further develop language skills as speaking, listening, reading and writing. An important aspect of the course will be using Russian in a cultural setting. The student will learn the practical skills, which can later be used in the working environment, when going to Russia for study, internship or work. Communicative skills will be trained next to a sufficient amount of independent reading, listening and writing. There will be a lot of focus on talking and reading about Russian politics, history and culture. The course provides the knowledge to communicate and understand Russian at A2/B1 level (CEFR).

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve an overall level A2/B1 of the Common European Frame (CEF). This course is the last course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Russian, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

  • (Audio) visual reception (reading): B1
  • Written production (writing): A2
  • Listening: B1
  • Oral productions (speaking): A2

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lower of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first two (2) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (4 hours per week over 12 weeks) 48 hours
  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 86 hours
  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Listening Exam
  • Midterm Exam
    Writing & vocabulary & reading comprehension; in-class exam - Block 3
  • Presentation and Oral Exam
    Block 3 and 4
  • Final Exam
    Writing & vocabulary & reading comprehension; in-class exam - Block 4
  • Participation
    Online grammar tests, portfolio, homework etc. - Block 3 and 4

Weighing

Partial Grade Weighing
Listening Exam 20%
Midterm Exam 20%
Presentation and Oral Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Participation 20%

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.

Resit

If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Course material: Russian syllabus, provided by Olja Karmanova (Euro 15,00) and portfolio’s.
  • Russian Grammar, Ruslan Limited, paperback, 2010
    ISBN 9781899785742

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

O.K. Karmanova

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.

Remarks

This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.

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