Russian Keys

Course: An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 2015

Starting 11 June 2015 8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Victoria University of Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee $160.00 incl GST
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date $180.00 incl GST
$200.00 incl GST
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Overview:
Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.

Target audience:
This course is for beginners and those with limited knowledge of Russia who wish to gain an introduction to its language and culture. It is for anyone who:
is interested in Russia and the language and culture
has a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia
is planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will have:
acquired basic reading and writing skills in Russian
gained a basic understanding of Russian grammar (nouns – gender and some cases; verbs (present tense); adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)
learnt basic vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
introducing themselves and their family and friends
expressing likes and/or dislikes and requesting things (in shops and restaurants)
visiting places (reading signs, staying at hotels, making enquiries)
gained general knowledge of Russian culture and the way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Course outline:
Week 1: Introduction to the Russian language; the alphabet, stress and vowels; basic geographic names; greetings and good byes; diversity of the region (video and discussion)

Week 2: Basic reading and writing skills; nouns, gender; asking simple questions and making simple statements in Russian; the Russian language and cultural identity (video and discussion)

Week 3: Pronouns; introducing yourself and your family; how and when to use first names and patronymics in Russia; “I” and “we” in Russian; home and family in the Russian world (video and discussion)

Week 4: Verbs; present tense; how to express likes and dislikes (including hobbies, interests); how to request things (in shops and restaurants); reading signs when travelling around Russia; hotel etiquette; tips for foreigners; Russian attitudes towards foreigners; cultural clashes

Week 5: + genitive “to have”; adverbs; numbers; finding your way around and asking for and understanding directions; asking about prices in shops; how to undertake business in modern Russia (video and discussion)

Week 6: Adjectives; colours; public holidays and months of the year; Russian literature, music and art; New Zealand–Russia untold stories (video and discussion)

Week 7: – how to make suggestions – to be able to, to know how to; making toasts in Russian; the Russian sense of humour and attitude towards smiling; Russian hospitality; myths about vodka (the “Russian antifreeze”) (video and discussion)

Week 8: Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement.

Course format:
This series of two-hour classes is held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, coffee/tea and biscuits provided.

Teacher:
Olga Suvorova has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Moscow State University and an MA Hons in linguistics from Lomonosov Moscow State University.She has extensive experience in working with international leaders in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Russia on cultural intelligence questions. Olga is married to a New Zealander and works in both New Zealand and Moscow.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, so please enrol early.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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