UNSW Institute of Languages

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Russian

Russian is one of history's most prolific languages in literature and philosophy. In Europe it is one of the most widely used first languages. There are about 150 million native speakers throughout Russia and across the former USSR, making Russian the most widely spoken Slavic language in the world. As part of your study you will use and practise the 33 letter Cyrillic alphabet which is commonly found in Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. With the considerable Russian population right here in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, you will have plenty of opportunities to practise your new language skills.

UNSW Institute of Languages offers Russian classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Most language courses require you to buy a textbook – click on the Course Content tab for more information.

Type Duration Average class size Levels Fee
Part time courses 2017 10 weeks 12 students 1A - Adv AUD$380

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Russian as you progress through the course.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to Russian speaking countries.
  • Understand and communicate better with Russian speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.
Level Prior Study
Beginners 1A
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.
0-20 hours of prior study
Beginners 1B
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.
20-30 hours of prior study
Elementary 2A
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.
40-60 hours of prior study
Elementary 2B
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have studied the language before, for instance at high school, and have some knowledge of the main present and past tenses.
60-80 hours of prior study
Lower-intermediate 3
This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good basic knowledge of the language or those who have studied the language some years ago. It covers two separate modules (3A and 3B) which are taught over two separate terms.
80-120 hours of prior study
Intermediate 4
This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.
120-180 hours of prior study
Upper-intermediate 5
This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.
180-240 hours of prior study
Advanced 6
This open-ended level is for speakers who are able to use the language fluently and accurately.
240+ hours of prior study

Course fee: AUD $380 per 10-week term.

UNSW staff and full time students are eligible for a discount of 25% off the full course fee.

We offer a re-enrolling discount of 10% off the full course fee for continuing students.

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Timetable tab for the evening each course is offered.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 30 Jan - 2 Feb 2017 3 Apr - 6 Apr 2017
Term 2 * 24 Apr - 27 Apr 2017 26 Jun - 4 July 2017 (Tues)
Term 3 17 Jul - 20 Jul 2017 18 Sep - 21 Sep 2017
Term 4 9 Oct - 12 Oct 2017 11 Dec - 14 Dec 2017


Part-time Saturday Morning

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 4 February 2017 8 April 2017
Term 2 29 April 2017 1 July 2017
Term 3 22 July 2017 23 September 2017
Term 4 7 October 2017 9 December 2017

No Russian classes are offered in term 4

Term 4 Evening (9 October – 14 December)

One evening per week
6:30 - 8:30pm

Click on the link below to see which evening your class is offered.

No Russian classes will be offered in term 4


Term 4

Term 4

Levels Evening

Part-time Saturday Morning (7 October – 9 December)

Saturdays mornings
9:30 - 11:30am

No Russian classes will be offered in term 4

Please note that evening classes are located in Building L5 (223 Anzac Parade), and Saturday morning classes are located in the Blockhouse (G6) UNSW Main Campus.

 

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

Most levels require you to buy a textbook, which can be bought from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus or Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). Click here for the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop (all prices have been reduced 10% RRP). Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

The tabs below provide course outlines for each level.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Level 1A

Level 1A

Text Book: Get Started In Russian (Rachel Farmer) - Units 1 - 6

This level covers the following topics:

  • Greetings (hello and goodbye)
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Addressing people (formal and informal)
  • Introducing yourself and asking others

Language/grammar points include:

  • Russian alphabet
  • Simple questions and interrogative sentences
  • Gender (masculine, feminine and neuter)
  • Syllables and word stress
  • Adjectives of nationality and gender agreement


Level 1B

Level 1B

Text Book: Get Started In Russian (Rachel Farmer) - Units 7 - 12

This level covers the following topics:

  • Asking and telling the time
  • Leisure activities
  • Days of the week
  • Talking about the house, apartment
  • At the airport

Language/grammar points include:

  • Some Russian verbs in the present tense
  • Verb “to be” in the future tense
  • Possessive pronouns: твой, наш, его, её, их
  • Exploring Russian handwriting


Level 2A

Level 2A

Text Book: Get Started In Russian (Rachel Farmer) - Units 13 - 16

This level covers the following topics:

  • Travel and asking for directions
  • Making choices when shopping
  • At the hotel
  • Booking a table and ordering a meal

Language/grammar points include:

  • Use of prepositions
  • Russian verbs “to eat”, “to drink” and others in the present tense
  • Use of personal pronouns
  • The past tense


Level 2B

Level 2B

Text Book: Get Started In Russian (Rachel Farmer) - Units 17 - 20

This level covers the following topics:

  • At the post office
  • The weather and favourite season
  • Holidays and interests
  • Health and how you feel
  • Describing others

Language/grammar points include:

  • Impersonal sentences (It is hot today.)
  • Dative endings
  • Use of adjectives to describe and compare


Course Level Learning Outcomes
Beginners 1A

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.
Beginners 1B

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.
Elementary 2A

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.
Elementary 2B

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.
Lower-intermediate 3

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.
Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.
Intermediate 4

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.
Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.
Upper-intermediate 5

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.
Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.
Advanced 6
This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

Languages - FAQs

1. What is the length of the courses?

1. What is the length of the courses?

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

2. What levels are offered?

2. What levels are offered?

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

4. How are the levels organised?

4. How are the levels organised?

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

6. What course books are used?

6. What course books are used?

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

We have a policy of employing teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

11. What is the average class size?

11. What is the average class size?

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

The minimum age for students is 18. There is no maximum age.

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

UNSWIL language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

Students should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin. 

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

Most courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

17.What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

17. What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

19. Is parking available?

19. Is parking available?

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

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