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Da or nyet?! Russian Language for Beginners

17 February 2020 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Enrol now
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

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 suitable 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.
is interested in international science, math, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts
would like to gain knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.
 
Learning objectives: By the end of the course, you 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)

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DaDa! Russian Language for Post-beginners

13 February 2020 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Enrol Now
Speaker(s)
Author
Ольга Суворова

Директор, Russian Keys Limited

Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

Overview: Have you recently started learning Russian and want to continue the journey? Or perhaps you learnt Russian some time ago and want to refresh your skills?
 
This interactive post-beginners conversation course focuses on developing your speaking and listening skills in everyday situations. It is designed to reinforce novice-level speaking proficiency and develop conversational skills to a post-beginner level, necessary for deepening communication in Russian and understanding Russian culture and customs.
 
Target audience: This course is for those with basic knowledge of Russia and the Russian language who would like to develop post-beginners-level conversational language skills and:
 
are interested in Russia and the language and culture
have a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia
are planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken
are interested in international science, math, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts
would like to gain further knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.
 
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, you will have:
 
enhanced your conversational and reading skills in Russian
gained a greater understanding of Russian grammar necessary for conversation
learnt more vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
meeting people, talking about hobbies, professions, health, visiting people or inviting someone to their home
making enquiries, requesting things, visiting places (shops, restaurants, airports, stations)
talking about future plans and holidays.
 
Course format: Two-hour classes are held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.
 
Course outline:
 
Session 1: 
Let me tell you about myself / Why do I study Russian? Russian tongue twisters; Reading parallel texts on the topic. Mysterious Russian soul (video and discussion)
Session 2:
Proverbs and sayings. Russian folklore (fairy tales). Reading parallel texts on the topic. Video and discussion on the topic.
Session 3:
Shopping and restaurants. My favourite restaurant/shop in Wellington. Reading parallel texts on the topic. Russian hospitality (video and discussion)
Session 4: 
Weather, nature and travelling. Counties and nationalities. Reading parallel texts on the topic. Urban versus rural relations: city life and the Russian province and the Russian village (video and discussion)
Session 5: 
At the Doctor’s. Parts of the Body. Reading parallel texts on the topic. Video and discussion on the topic.
Session 6: 
What Russians eat and drink. Accepting or declining hospitality. My favourite Russian dish/recipe. Russian cuisine and traditional dishes (video and discussion)
Session 7: 
Talk about future plans; patterns and rhythm of life in the course of a year; the months of the year; school and university holidays; the business year
Session 8: 
Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement
 
Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing Russian. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.
 
There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.
 
Teacher: Olga Suvorova has a PhD in Cultural Studies from one of the leading international universities, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and a MA Hons in Linguistics. She is the Vice President of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters.
 
Class limit: This course is limited to a maximum of 20 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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