Russian and Ukrainian language programs

 

Introductory Russian/Ukrainian course
Short course is specially designed for entire beginners. Cyrillic alphabet, rules for reading, introductory pronunciation course are the necessary elements of the introduction to the study of Russian or Ukrainian languages. Basic communication exercises on various topics easy for understanding are also included.

Level A1 - Elementary
This program is for beginners who have just started to learn Russian/Ukrainian and get acquainted with Russian/Ukrainian culture. We offer an intensive course of Russian/Ukrainian phonetics and intonation. Phonetics: An introductory course of Russian/Ukrainian phonetics and intonation. You will study the peculiarities of the Russian/Ukrainian phonetic system, such as word stress, and intonation constructions and examples of their usage in speech. You will have practical training in correct pronunciation. Grammar and vocabulary: Introduction to the basics of Russian/Ukrainian grammar (case system, forms of verbs, main syntactical constructions). You will acquire an active vocabulary of 800-1000 lexical units. Applied language skills: You will learn to react correctly in everyday communicative situations both in and outside the classroom. You will be able to comprehend the speech of Russian/Ukrainian native speakers on a variety of topics (100-150 words). You will get acquainted with basic forms of Russian/Ukrainian speech etiquette. You will be able to express your thoughts and ideas in Russian/Ukrainian. You will learn to read short adapted texts (200 words) on household and socio-cultural issues.

Level A2-B1 - Basic
The program is for beginning students who want to continue their study of Russian/Ukrainian language and culture; or for those who wish to renew their basic knowledge of Russian/Ukrainian after a break in their studies and to activate their vocabulary. Including an intensive lingua-cultural orientation the program helps you to communicate with Russian/Ukrainian native speakers on everyday topics, to read and comprehend short original texts. Phonetics: You continue your acquaintance with the peculiarities of the Russian/Ukrainian phonetic system, including the basic rules of pronunciation and accentuation. Grammar and vocabulary: Key points of Russian/Ukrainian grammar such as the case system, the general concept of verb aspect, verbs of motion and the structure of simple and complex sentences. Your vocabulary covers 1000-1300 units. Applied language skills: You will learn to overcome psychological and language barriers; you will meet the communicative needs in social, cultural and classroom environment; you can comprehend the oral speech of native Russian/Ukrainian speakers on a variety of topics (300-400 words); you will learn to read authentic and non-adapted texts on social and cultural issues (700 words) Depending on your individual needs you may choose one specialized course.

Level B2 - Upper - Intermediate
This program is for students with background knowledge of Russian/Ukrainian language. The program improves your knowledge of Russian/Ukrainian phonetics, morphology and syntax. It improves your ability to read original texts and strengthens the writing and speaking skills needed in everyday communication. Phonetics: A corrective course of pronunciation covering the main intonation patterns and aimed at developing spontaneous oral skills. Grammar and vocabulary: Corrective course to develop lexico-gramatical knowledge. In-depth study of basic grammar points such as the use of case forms, verbal prefixes, verb aspects and other most difficult grammar issues. You will have a vocabulary of 1500-2300 lexical units. Applied language skills: You learn to activate your oral skills; you learn to speak Russian/Ukrainian correctly and to comprehend native speakers in basic communicative situations; you can participate in discussions with native speakers on social, cultural and political topics; you will learn to read short stories.

Level C1 - Advanced
This program is for students who have systematically-developed background knowledge of phonetics, morphology and syntax of the Russian/Ukrainian language and experience in everyday communication. It is designed to help you to improve your pronunciation and to enhance your knowledge of Russian/Ukrainian grammar. It introduces some peculiarities of functional styles and expands your vocabulary and socio-cultural knowledge. Phonetics: you will improve your knowledge of practical phonetics and work to correct articulatory and phonetic mistakes deriving from native language interference. Grammar and vocabulary: you will study some of the most difficult points of Russian/Ukrainian grammar and word usage; you will study the peculiarities of functional styles; you will enrich your vocabulary by up to 2500-5000 lexical units. Applied language skills: you will learn to analyze texts of different genres (encyclopedic, publicist, science fiction and fiction); you will learn to speak correctly on social and political topics; you will acquire experience in not only in participating in discussions but also in leading them; you will work on understanding spoken Russian/Ukrainian through viewing TV programs and movies and through lectures by guides on excursions.

Level C2 - Proficiency
This program is for students who speak Russian/Ukrainian fluently. They already have reading and writing skills, as well as background cultural knowledge. This program helps to improve your knowledge of Russian/Ukrainian grammar, word-formation, vocabulary and stylistics. It helps you to perfect your oral skills and to study some works of classical and modern Russian/Ukrainian literature. Phonetics; you will improve your Russian/Ukrainian pronunciation with the help of this corrective course of phonetics. You will work on the most difficult cases of stress in Russian/Ukrainian words and intonation in sentences with expressive meaning. You will study stylistic distinctions in spoken Russian/Ukrainian. Grammar and vocabulary: you will study in details the most difficult points of Russian/Ukrainian grammar, including the syntax of simple and complex sentences; you will learn to understand idioms in fiction, newspaper articles, movies, performances, and TV programs; you will study some aspects of practical stylistics. Applied language skills: you will work to acquaint yourself with cultural facts and concepts familiar to educated native speakers; you will perfect your skills of monologue speech and improve your writing style through a study of texts with various ethno-cultural characteristics; you will be able to compose texts of different styles such as narration, description, explanation, and discussion; you will learn to analyze texts of different genres linguistically and stylistically. You will acquire a vocabulary of more than 10000 lexical units.

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