SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Russian Beginners Course

A course in Russian for complete beginners

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

This SOAS Language Centre course in Russian is designed to enable participants gain enough target language expertise to interact efficiently and in confidence on a wide range of everyday topics in Russian.

The first stage equips learners with 'survival Russian' sufficient for a short organised trip to a Russian-speaking country, whereas the final stage of the course enables the learner to communicate freely enough with a Russian speaker and to travel independently in a Russian speaking country. 

The Russian Beginners course at SOAS Language Centre makes a solid foundation for studies of Russian for business or education purposes and, depending on individual progress, for taking a A1 test in TORFL (the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language).

Read more about TORFL levels here: TORFL Specifications (in English) (pdf; 76kb)  

See here for the A1 level specifications: A1 Level TORFL Specifications (in Russian) (pdf; 429kb)  


The course is taught in English and Russian at the Beginners 1 stage and mainly in Russian at the stage of Beginners 3. Each session involves a balanced development of the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The syllabus of the course boosts learners' understanding of Russian grammar and helps develop receptive (comprehension) skills as well as productive (speaking and writing) skills through guided practice in language usage and through authentic communicative activities. The aims and objectives of each class, as well as the course contents, are tailored to the individual needs and goals of the learners; for indicative course contents and synopsis please see the 'Syllabus' tab of this page. Please note that each 20-hour tuition term of this course involves at least 20 hours of self-study.

Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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