Faculty of Arts


Beginners' Russian 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for RUSSIAN 100.


An introductory course intended for students with no prior knowledge of Russian, with attention to a variety of language skills: listening comprehension, reading, speaking and writing. Students get a good start on learning the essential grammar of Russian and a core vocabulary of approximately 700 words.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of RUSSIAN 100, a student:

  • can read simple texts and identify parts of speech;
  • has basic “survival skills”—listening comprehension and speaking ability sufficient to “get by” in some everyday situations;
  • knows a core vocabulary of approximately 700 words;
  • has an understanding of the essential grammar of Russian, including gender, number and case agreement of nouns and their modifiers; forms and meanings of three (of six) grammatical cases; verb conjugation.

Class limits information for 2017: Enrolment is limited to 17 students in RUSSIAN 100 and 18 students in RUSSIAN 100G with selection based on: Students whose Language Ability Declaration confirms this is an appropriate course will be selected on a first in, first enrolled basis.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2017

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Mark Swift


Richard Robin, Golosa ("Voices"): A Basic Course in Russian Book One, 5th ed. A ten-unit textbook-workbook package that strikes a good balance between a rigorous treatment of grammar and a communicative approach. The course is supported with ample audio resources and video for practice and to make the language alive. RUSSIAN 100 covers Units 1–5 in Golosa; units 6–10 in the same textbook are covered in RUSSIAN 101 in Semester 2. 


Coursework + exam


RUSSIAN 100: 15.0 points


May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

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