This course is intended for students who have completed Russian: Introductory or the equivalent. Russian: Beginner will help you to build confidence in your Russian language communication skills using a variety of real-life scenarios (asking for directions, occupation, hobbies, small talk). We will also cover more complex aspects of Russian grammar and syntax, and use online course materials and various resources related to Russian culture to further enrich your learning.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Use Russian adjectives
Use ordinal numbers
Understand and use the concept of comparative degree of adjectives
Distinguish Russian adjectives and adverbs
Form sentences using 3 cases of Russian nouns (Nominative, Accusative, Genitive)
Address a stranger in Russia
Ask about direction
Express how you are feeling
Name body parts, clothing items
Write a greeting card
Use diminutives in informal communication
Understand the concept of Genitive singular and plural forms used for numbers (money and any other measurement units)
We encourage students to participate in our language courses more than one time in order to truly learn the material taught over 10 lessons. It also gives you additional exposure to varying activities within each topic.
Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).