Russian - Level 2


Course description

This course is intended for students who have completed Russian Level 1 (formerly Introductory) or the equivalent. Russian - Level 2 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.

We are not running Russian Levels 1-3 this January or April, however if you are interested in pursuing Russian language learning in spring 2023, note that you can enroll to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies’ SLST110 Intensive Beginning Russian and SLST102 Beginning Russian II as an auditing student. To receive the department’s permission to audit a course, please fill out UVic Auditor Class Entry Form and send it to the course instructor. Once completed and signed by the instructor, your audit form will be sent to Office of the Registrar. Note that auditors are only formally registered into their course on January 22 (once the add deadline for degree seeking students to register has passed). You are encouraged to attend classes prior to that date starting January 9.

Learning objectives

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.


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

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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).