This interactive course will help you to learn simple introductory concepts of Russian vocabulary and grammar, as well as how to make full sentences. You will actively learn basic level Russian through four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through a communicative approach, you will learn many historical facts about Russia and its culture, as you watch videos and participate in classroom activities.
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.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
recite Cyrillic letters of Russian alphabet
understand the phonetic system of Russian voiced and voiceless, hard, and soft consonants
understand the concept of vowel reduction in Russian
apply the concept of stress in words and use 4 types of Russian intonation
distinguish between cursive and non-cursive writing
form statements /questions using animated/non-animated pronouns кто/что
understand and use the concept of noun gender (feminine, masculine, neuter) and plural/singular
recognize and distinguish formal and informal greetings (‘ты’ and ‘вы’)
introduce yourself (name, surname, occupation, origin, current city, friends, family members)
ask about one's name, surname, occupation, origin, current city
count from 0-100; read telephone numbers, postal codes and address'
list the days of the week, months, today’s date, and time
form sentences using simple negations
answer questions about spoken languages
conjugate verbs быть (to be), говорить (to speak), работать (work), жить (work), читать (read)
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.
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).