Course

Russian language courses

Would you like to learn Russian, or would you like to refresh your knowledge and take it to a higher level? This course, divided into two modules, is for beginner and basic knowledge levels. You’ll learn how to communicate in different situations, including work, study and holiday. 

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media.  The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will always be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Russian. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.  

After completing the second module, you will be able to communicate in Russian in everyday situations. 

Russian course modules

Module 1

Module 1 is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of Russian. In this module, you will gain basic knowledge of the language and will learn the Cyrillic alphabet. The focus is on speaking, reading and listening skills. You will also learn basic grammar and the most important vocabulary for initial contacts.  

Required materials for Module 1

Passport to Russia - third revised edition 1 (Textbook). (Louwerse, N. / Lubotsky, L. / Meijman, D. / Pluimgraaff, H.) Pegasus, 2011, ISBN 9789061433576.

Passport to Russia -  third revised edition 1 (Workbook). (Louwerse, N. / Lubotsky, L. / Meijman, D. / Pluimgraaff, H.) Pegasus, 2011, ISBN 9789061433583.

 Module 1: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 16.00-18.00

 

Module 2

Module 2 is suitable for people with basic knowledge of Russian and for people who have completed Module 1. After completing the second module, you will have a vocabulary of about 600 words and a good basis for communication in common, everyday situations.

Required materials for Module 2

Passport to Russia - third revised edition 1 (Textbook). (Louwerse, N. / Lubotsky, L. / Meijman, D. / Pluimgraaff, H.) Pegasus, 2011, ISBN 9789061433576.

Passport to Russia -  third revised edition 1 (Workbook). (Louwerse, N. / Lubotsky, L. / Meijman, D. / Pluimgraaff, H.) Pegasus, 2011, ISBN 9789061433583.

 Module 2:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 18.30-20.30

 

 

Requirements

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of Russian, you can simply register for Module 1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take the second module, you must first successfully complete the previous module, or have a comparable level of Russian. If you have not completed Module 1, you will need to have an intake with one of our staff members before registering for Module 2, to insure your knowledge of the language is suitable for this module. 

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download the PDF Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (0.48MB).

Registration

You can register to a course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

Would you like to meet us for an intake? You can email us at languages-intake-RU to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you. 

Costs per module

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff and alumni € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 sessions, be present at the end exam and have satisfactory results. 

  • For module 1, the CEFR attainment level is A1
  • For module 2, the CEFR attainment level is A2-