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Basics of Russian-Part 1, Basics of Russian: Communication Skills-II

By SHIVAJI BHASKAR   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University

About the Course
The present course aims at introducing the basics of the Russian Language and gradually builds competence in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and also enabling cultural understanding.
Indirect method of Teaching has been used for this course. For MOOC’s, indirect instruction seems appropriate since it seeks a high level of student involvement in observing, investigating, drawing inferences from data, or forming hypotheses. It takes advantage of students' interest and curiosity, often encouraging them to generate alternatives or solve problems. Further, in indirect instruction, the role of the teacher shifts from lecturer to that of facilitator, supporter, and resource person. The teacher arranges the learning environment, provides opportunity for student involvement, and, when appropriate, provides feedback to students while they conduct the inquiry.

Aim of the Course
The Course aims at providing beginners with basics of Russian Language in an easy and efficient manner.

Objectives of the Course

To develop the ability to use Russian effectively for the purpose of practical communication in spoken and written discourse 

To respond, in written or oral form, quickly, adequately and accurately in different communicative situations (such as- to give & receive personal information, to give basic instructions, to involve in dialogues related to day-to-day life, to relate events, facts and to narrate situations, to express opinions, to describe persons or things, to justify opinions, etc.)

To demonstrate knowledge of sufficient vocabulary to use with grammar patterns

To enable students to gain access through language to the contemporary scene and the background of Russian speaking countries, their people and their cultures.

To establish the skills, language and attitude required to promote and facilitate further study of Russian.


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
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Level : Diploma


S.No     Topic                                                                         

        WEEK 1
1. Origin of the Russian Language
        Introduction to the Russian Alphabet
2. Letters of the Russian Alphabet
3. Vowels & Consonants

        WEEK 2
4. Vowels sounds
5. Consonant Sounds
6. Introduction to the Russian Phonetics: Voiced & Voiceless Consonants. Devoicing of Consonants; Singular & Plural Nouns

        WEEK 3
7. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-I
8. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-II
9. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-III

        WEEK 4
10. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-IV
11. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-V
12. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-VI

         WEEK 5
13. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-VII
14. Combination of Vowel sounds & Consonant Sounds-VIII
15. Use of Stress sign and Intonation in Russian

         WEEK 6
16. Use of Affirmative and Negative sentences in Russian
17. Pronouns in Russian
18. Verb Conjugations-I

        WEEK 7
19. Verb Conjugations-II
20. Personal Pronouns
21. Possessive pronouns

        WEEK 8
22. Demonstrative pronouns
23. Use of Animate and Inanimate in Russian
24. Gender in Russian

        WEEK 9
25. Russian Verbs and Their Conjugations
26. Use of Who and What in Russian
27. Days of the Week

        WEEK 10
28. Months of the Year
29. Cardinal numbers in Russian
30. Verbs conjugations in Russian

        WEEK 11
31. Dialog & Texts in Russian
32. Case System in Russian
33. Prepositional Case

        WEEK 12
34. Use of Noun and Adjective endings in Russian
35. Use of Questions “Where?” and “Where?” to in Russian
36. Use of Pronouns in Prepositional Case


Name/ Title of the Reference Material                             Author

Self Learning Material (SLM) Russian SOFL IGNOU Author  IGNOU http://egyankosh.ac.in/handle/123456789/41161

Russian in Exercises                                                       Author  S.A Khavronina, AI Shirochenskaya

Russian for English Speaking learners                           Author  V.N Wagner, Y.G. Ovsienko



Mr. Shivaji Bhaskar is Assistant Professor in Russian at the School of Foreign Languages, IGNOU. His area of special interest is Teaching of Russian as a Foreign Language (РКИ), Culture & Civilization of Russia, Translation & Interpretation and Area Studies with special emphasis to Russian and Eurasian Studies.

shivajibhaskar@ignou.ac.in; shivajibhaskar@gmail.com 
Ph: 011-29571639, 011-29571640


Certificate shall be awarded to students after successful completion of the course