Swayam Central

Proficiency Course in Russian

By Dr. Pusp Ranjan   |   English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
This course has been designed to train the students in the basic communication skills in Russian language with emphasis on all the four language skills i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing. As Russian language is different from other European languages in the script, morphology, syntactic structures etc., the course is designed in such a way that the learner is at ease with the learning process. The various concepts have been explained in detail with sufficient examples.

Rationale for developing this Course

The world is truly becoming a small place and people, irrespective of their place of origin, are striving to be global citizens. Under the influence of the market economy there is an ever growing demand for language experts worldwide. India is also not far behind and now considered one of the fastest growing economies of the world, thanks to its phenomenal growth in the service sector. To meet the requirements of this sector HR departments are always on the look for the professionals proficient in foreign languages. As far as Russian language is concerned, India has always shared a cordial relation with Russia post independence and has been majorly dependent on Russia for its defence needs.  To facilitate these trade requirements, the foreign language institutes are forever busy training the professionals in Russian language. The universities have also included Russian language in its regular curriculum of the graduate programs as an optional subject. This course is also such an attempt to train the students and prepare them for the market and fill the gap of demand and supply of Russian language experts.

The objectives of the course are 

  1. To develop the following skills: listening, speaking, reading & writing. Learners should be able to
  • Participate in simple conversations in various day to day situations.
  • Read and understand simple texts.
  • Write brief texts, dialogues, descriptions etc.
  1. To develop the creative aspect of language learning i.e. the ability to work out different patterns and combinations with the help of basic grammatical structures and lexical items.
  2. To introduce the learner to different aspects of life and culture of the people who speak the language.
  3. Pursue advanced studies in Russian language.
  4. Pursue careers in the field of Russian language.

Learners enrolled: 1716


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Aug 2019
End Date : 31 Aug 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019
Enrollment Ends : 16 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Language
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week 1                                                                                                                                     Assignments 

    1.Introduction to the course
    2.Introduction of the Russian alphabets and their sounds
    3.Introduction of some vowels and consonants and words: 
       Vowels: А а, О о, У у, Э э, И и
       Consonants: П п,Бб,В в, Ф ф, Т т, Д д, С с, З з, М м, Н н, К к, Г г, Х х
       Pronunciation Rules:Stress system and reduction of vowels
    4.Introduction of some letters of the Russian alphabet and words:
       р, л, ы, й, ш and ж. 
       Pronunciation Rules
       Voiced and voiceless consonants
       Intonation patterns or constructions (IC)
       Simple sentences

    Week 2                           Objective

    1.Introduction of the remaining letters of the Russian alphabet
       Pronunciation Practice
          i.Letters, words and phrases. 
      Soft vowels
      Hard and soft consonants
    2.Introduction to Russian Grammar
       Gender of Nouns
       Interrogative words “кто”, “что” and “где”
       Personal pronouns
       Possessive pronouns
       Construction «У меняесть … » 
       Numerals (0-10)
          Demonstrative pronouns
          Verbs  (I conjugation, verbs with –ать ending) 
          Interrogative word «как?», adverbs
          Reading Practice
          Negative constructions using the word «нет»
       Plurals of nouns
       Adjectives (Hard ending, soft ending adjectives)

    Week 3           Objective

    1 Grammar
      Verbs (I Conjugation – contd.)
      Irregular Plurals of nouns
      Numerals (11-20)
       Verb (II conjugation)
       Case System in Russian Language
       Interrogative word «Где»
       Prepositional Case
       Usе of Prepositions «в» and «на» 
       Some nouns having ending «–у» in the Prepositional case
       Ordinal numbers (1-10)
       Expression of Time
       Interrogative Word «когда?»
       The verbs «жить» and «писать» (- е 2 conjugation)
        Prepositional case (contd.)
       o Preposition “o” («о чём», «о ком»)
       oThe verbs «помнить» and «вспоминать»
       Prepositional case of personal pronouns
       Masculine nouns denoting persons of both the sexes (Profession or occupation)

    Week 4           Objective

       The conjunction «что»
       Imperative mood of verbs
      The verbs «видеть» - «смотреть» and «слушать» -  «слышать»
      Cardinal numbers (21-100)
    2.Adjectives used as nouns
       Prepositional case (contd.)
       o Adjectives
       o Possessive Pronouns
    3.The verbs with the suffixes «-ева» and «- ова»
       o Танцевать and рисовать
       Past tense of Russian verbs
       Prepositional Case (contd.)
       o Plural nouns
       Reflexive verbs in Russian
       Adjective Plural in the prepositional case
      Тhe verbs «стоять» and «стоить»
      The verbs «есть», «пить», «любить»
       Сколько стоит? Рупия, Доллар, Рубль
       «тоже» и «также»

    Week 5           Objective

       The Demonstrative Pronouns «этот» and «тот» in the prepositional case
       Accusative singular of nouns «Что? / Кого?»
      The word «каждый»
       Куда? (Accusative of Direction)
      «Идти» «ехать»
      The Accusative case of the personal pronouns
       «мочь» and  «уметь»
       The construction «должен + infinitive»
       The Accusative case of adjectives singular (Inanimate/animate)
       The accusative case of possessive pronouns
       Compound future tense of verbs
       The words «почему», «потому что» and «поэтому»
       Aspects of verbs
       Formation of perfective verbs
       Past tense of perfective verbs
      The conjunction «если»

    Week 6            Objective

       Verbs of one aspect
       The Determinative Pronoun «весь» -forms in the cases
       «можно» and «нельзя»
       Expression of Time (Contd.) (час)
       Accusative case of animate nouns in plural
       Accusative case of adjectives in plural (animate)
       Accusative case of «эти» and «все»
       Reading and Listening Practice
       The verbs with the suffix «–ава»
        Short form of adjectives
       Sentence Formation
       The word «который»
       Simple future tense of verbs
       Conjugation of the perfective verbs
       The Dative case of nouns – uses

    Week 7             Objective

       Declension of singular nouns in the DC
       Declension of possessive pronouns in the DC
       Declension of personal pronouns in the DC
       Prepositions used with the DC
       Declension of adjectives in DC (singular)
       Dative case of «этот» and «весь»
       Listening and Reading Practice
       Declension of plural nouns in the DC
       Declension of pronouns in the DC (Plural)
       Declension of adjectives in the DC (Plural)
       Expression denoting age
       Dative case used to denote age
    4.Sentence formation
       The conjunction «чтобы»
       The Genitive Case of nouns – uses
       Genitive case used to denote possession
       Genitive case used to denote negation
       The words«много», «мало», «сколько», «столько», «несколько» + Genitive case

    Week 8             Objective

       Declension of singular nouns in the GC
       Declension of personal pronouns in the GC
       Expression of Health conditions
       Use of the words болен (больна, больны), болит, болеть
       Declension of possessive pronouns in the Genitive Case
       Declension of demonstrative, determinative pronouns in the Genitive Case 
       Declension of Adjectives in the Genitive Case (Singular)
       Prepositions used in the Genitive Case
       Declension of Plural Nouns in the Genitive Case
       The perfective verbs with the suffix «– ну»
       The cardinal numbers from 100 onwards

    Week 9             Objective

       Declension of Adjective in the  Genitive Case (Plural)
       Declension of pronouns (Plural)
       Verbs of Motion with prefixes
       The Comparative Degree of Adjectives and Adverbs
       The Collective Numbers
       The Interrogative Particle –ли
       Declension of Adjective in the  Genitive Case (Plural)
       Declension of pronouns (Plural)

    Week 10             Objective

       Verbs of Motion with prefixes
       The Comparative Degree of Adjectives and Adverbs
       The Collective Numbers
       The Interrogative Particle –ли
       The Instrumental Case of Nouns – Uses
        The Expression «друг – друг(а) »
       Declension of Singular Nouns in the Instrumental Case
       Declension of Personal Pronouns in the Instrumental Case
       The Nouns with the suffixes – анин/- янин, - онок/- ёнок

    Week 11             Objective

       The Prepositions governing the Instrumental Case of Nouns
       The Superlative Degree of Adjectives
       The Particles «разве» and «неужели»
       Plural Nouns in the Instrumental Case
       Adjectives in the Instrumental Plural
       Expression of Time (contd.)
       Expression of Date and Year
       Prepositions used to express time
    3.The Verbs of Definite and Indefinite Motion
       The prefixes used with the verbs of Definite and Indefinite Motion
    4.Learning with Texts and Dialogues

    Week 12             Objective

    1.Learning with Texts and Dialogues
    2.Learning with Texts and Dialogues
    3.Learning with Texts and Dialogues
    4.Learning with Texts and Dialogues


    1. Russian for Indians by Prof. H. C. Pande
    2. Russian for Beginners by Y.G. Ovsienko
    3. Russian by V.N. Wagner and Y.G. Ovsienko
    4. Жили-были: 28 уроков русского языка для начинающих by L.V. Miller and L.V. Politova
    5. Russian in Exercises by S.A. Khavronina and A. I. Shirochenskaya
    6. «Начинаем читать по-русски!  Пособие по чтению для иностранцев, начинающих изучать русский язык» by И. В. Курлова


    • www.masterrussian.com
    • www.russianforeveryone.com
    • www.multitran.ru
    • www.learnrussian.rt.com 
    • http://speak-russian.cie.ru/time_new/eng/grammar/ 
    • http://petersburgcity.com/for-tourists/phrases-english-russian/expressions/ 


    Dr. Pusp Ranjan is an Assistant Professor at the English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow Campus since May 2010. He has been engaged in teaching Russian language at various levels since then. He has been awarded PhD in Russian language from The EFL University, Hyderabad. He has a peculiar interest in introducing new pedagogical methods in the classrooms. He has contributed not just as a teacher of Russian language, but someone who has looked after several administrative responsibilities.

    His research interests include comparative linguistics, pedagogy and translation. 


    30 per cent for in course Assessment And 70 Per cent for end term proctored exam,