Russian Language & Culture 1B

Subject 126-153 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Russian Language and Culture 1A or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Robert John Lagerberg


Robert Lagerberg
Subject Overview: This is a beginners subject covering all areas of the language, ie. reading, writing, aural comprehension and oral skills, including use of computer-aided language learning. The subject covers the basic grammatical system of Russian; teaches students to translate simple texts from Russian into English and vice versa; and should provide students with an active knowledge of around 1200 words and a passive knowledge of a further 500 words. The subject should enable students to conduct elementary conversation on a limited number of basic topics (eg. family, weather, travel, studies). Students will also be introduced to Russian society and culture.
  • be able to demonstrate control of the basic grammatical system of Russian;
  • be able to translate simple texts from Russian into English and vice versa without a dictionary;
  • be able to demonstrate an active knowledge of around 1200 words and a passive knowledge of a further 500 words (all from the textbook);
  • be able to conduct conversation and write compositions on a limited number of basic topics (e.g. family, weather, travel, studies);
  • gain a good knowledge of the phonetic system of Russian;
  • gain an introductory knowledge of Russian culture.
Assessment: Regular written assignments 50% (throughout the semester) and a written exam 50% (at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Russky yazyk dlya vsekh (Russian for Everybody) (E Stepanova et al) (6th ed) or later
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to study independently;
  • be able to apply theoretical knowledge for practical purposes;
  • be able to commit to memory large amounts of information;
  • be able to understand and use more effectively the structure of their own language.
Notes: Previously available as Beginners Russian D. Students who have completed Beginners Russian C or D are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Russian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Russian
Russian Major

Download PDF version.