VIV151 Basics of Russian

Code VIV151
Name Basics of Russian
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Larisa Iļinska, Irīna Romanova, Jūlija Kuzņecova, Oksana Ivanova, Jurijs Hramovs
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation Students read and listen texts and dialogues, search for and interpret necessary information. Texts are seen as speech patterns, they are further used while completing tasks. Task types: insert a missing word, use a word in the correct form, change the structure of a sentence. Tasks aim at developing competence in conscious usage of vocabulary and grammatical constructions, as well as automatic usage of clichés to fulfil communicative aims: address a partner, to inquire, to point out, to express satisfaction/ dissatisfaction/consent etc., to persuade, motivate etc. Students take part in dialogues, simulating different situations. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The tasks of the course: The course is intended to develop communicative competence and facilitates the development of the following skills: 1)to use the language in various oral communicative situations and spheres, not discussing the issue in detail; 2)to comprehend written and oral information; 3)to formulate thoughts according to the grammatical rules both in writing and speaking; 4)to develop competence in fundamentals of Russian grammar to be able to read, write and maintain a conversation.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to read elementary texts from various sources (newspapers, business cards, advertisements, road signs, etc.); are able to comprehend the gist and secondary information reading adapted informative texts, texts on culture and every day issues. - Assessment: test, exam (text 1,500 pr. s., 10 problem oriented tasks, 20 min). Exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to understand the gist and the essence of the information (the topic, time and place indicators, cause, etc.) on topical everyday issues listening to authentic audio/video monologues and dialogues. - Assessment: test, exam (2 min long audio record, 8-10 tasks, 10 min.). Exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to communicate at the elementary level, take initiative in dialogues, take part in conversations on everyday issues, formulate their opinion on the content of the written or oral text on topical everyday issues (5-8 topics). - Assessment: interview. Exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to fill in a question form, write a short letter, congratulation, use correctly necessary vocabulary, grammatical constructions and punctuation. - Assessment: test, exam (short letter 50-80 words). Exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Course prerequisites no preliminary knowledge

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