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Russian - Beginners

Course code: LPXS701P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

5th Oct 2023 - 14th Dec 2023

Course location:

Cheney School

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is designed for those of you who are complete beginners. It's ideal for those who want to learn very basic structures and vocabulary, understand and make yourself understood in a limited range of predictable everyday situations. However, if you are a ‘Rusty’ beginner and feel that a refresher course is necessary then this may be the place for you to start.

Course Content

You will be learning the Russian Alphabet, basic grammar and vocabulary for the topics:

“Words and phrases needed for greeting and introduction”, “Words and phrases associated with travel and arriving at the airport”, “Places in town, asking the way and understanding simple written and spoken directions”, “Buying a drink and a snack in a bar or cafe”, “Family” and “Russian name system”.

By the end of the course you will

• know Russian Alphabet (letters & sounds) and main rules of pronunciation

• be able to order a drink and a snack in a cafe

• be able to use words and phrases needed for greeting and introduction

• know words and phrases associated with travel and arriving at the airport

• be able to ask the way and understand simple written and spoken directions

• be able to recognise the words for different members of the family

• understand the Russian name system and recognize some common Russian names

• be able to choose the correct way to address people

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 26/10/23.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?

The course leads to a Beginners B course.

Entry criteria

This course is designed for a complete beginner, so no previous knowledge of the language is expected.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information

You will need to buy a course book Ruslan 1 by J. Langran and N. Veshuyeva and a workbook Ruslan 1 by J. Langran (the cost is about £22 in total)

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £50.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £50.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.

Learning & method assessment

You will be learning all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with the emphasis on the spoken language. Learning activities will include individual, pair, small group and whole class work. You will listen to the spoken word, watch videos, practise speaking, play games, read simple texts and write short phrases.

This is not an accredited course, so there will be no formal examination. However, your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and will give you feedback.

If you are to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from your language class, it will be useful to spend some time working between sessions. There will usually be a small amount of homework set each week (up to an hour’s work). When homework is not set, it is still a good idea to spend about that amount of time going over what has been done in class.