Russian - Level 3


Course description

In this intermediate level course, you will strengthen your conversation skills and expand your understanding of Russian grammar. You will learn about the tenses, verbs of motion, and the perfective/imperfective aspects of verbs. This course includes active practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using authentic texts of Russian literature, social media posts, and music. By the end of this course, you will have a great overview of the Russian language as a unique system. Participants are expected to have some proficiency in Russian or to have completed Russian - Level 2 (formerly Beginner).

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • improve cursive writing 
  • apply the concept of stress in words and use 4 types of Russian intonation 
  • form sentences using all 6 cases of Russian nouns 
  • understand and use the concept of superlative of adjectives 
  • distinguish between perfective and imperfective verbal aspects (делать – сделать, покупать – купить) 
  • conjugate verbs of motion (идти – ехать) 
  • recognize and distinguish multidirectional and unidirectional verbs of motion (идти – ходить, ехать – ездить) 
  • understand role of prefixes used with verbs of motion (ехать: заехать, выехать, переехать, доехать, объехать, въехать, уехать, подъехать, проехать, съехать, отъехать, etc.) 
  • describe people and feelings 
  • talk about travelling and hobbies

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).