Faculty of Arts


Beginners' Russian 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 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 600 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

Availability 2020

Semester 1




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 bring 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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