Proficiency Course in Russian

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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.



Week 1 Objective type assignments at end of the week
1.Introduction to the course2.Introduction of the Russian alphabets and their sounds3.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 vowels4.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 ObjectiveAssignments
1.Introduction of the remaining letters of the Russian alphabet Pronunciation Practice i.Letters, words and phrases. Soft vowels Hard and soft consonants2.Introduction to Russian Grammar Gender of Nouns Interrogative words “кто”, “что” and “где” Personal pronouns Possessive pronouns Expressions Construction «У меняесть … » Vocabulary Numerals (0-10)3.Grammar Demonstrative pronouns Verbs (I conjugation, verbs with –ать ending) Interrogative word «как?», adverbs Reading Practice Negative constructions using the word «нет» Dialogues4.Grammar Plurals of nouns Какой? Adjectives (Hard ending, soft ending adjectives) Vocabulary b.Weekdays

Week 3 ObjectiveAssignments
1 Grammar Verbs (I Conjugation – contd.) Irregular Plurals of nouns Vocabulary Months Numerals (11-20)2.Grammar Verb (II conjugation) Case System in Russian Language Interrogative word «Где» Prepositional Case3.Grammar Usе of Prepositions «в» and «на» Some nouns having ending «–у» in the Prepositional case Vocabulary Ordinal numbers (1-10) Expression of Time Interrogative Word «когда?»4.Grammar 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 Vocabulary Masculine nouns denoting persons of both the sexes (Profession or occupation)

Week 4 ObjectiveAssignments
1.Grammar The conjunction «что» Imperative mood of verbs The verbs «видеть» - «смотреть» and «слушать» - «слышать» Vocabulary Cardinal numbers (21-100)2.Adjectives used as nouns Prepositional case (contd.) o Adjectives o Possessive Pronouns3.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 Russian4.Grammar Adjective Plural in the prepositional case Тhe verbs «стоять» and «стоить» The verbs «есть», «пить», «любить» Expression Сколько стоит? Рупия, Доллар, Рубль «тоже» и «также»

Week 5 ObjectiveAssignments
1.Grammar The Demonstrative Pronouns «этот» and «тот» in the prepositional case Accusative singular of nouns «Что? / Кого?» Vocabulary The word «каждый»2.Grammar Куда? (Accusative of Direction) «Идти» «ехать» The Accusative case of the personal pronouns «мочь» and «уметь» Expression The construction «должен + infinitive»3.Grammar The Accusative case of adjectives singular (Inanimate/animate) «ждать» The accusative case of possessive pronouns Compound future tense of verbs Vocabulary The words «почему», «потому что» and «поэтому»4.Grammar Aspects of verbs Formation of perfective verbs Past tense of perfective verbs Expression The conjunction «если»

Week 6 ObjectiveAssignments
1.Grammar Verbs of one aspect The Determinative Pronoun «весь» -forms in the cases Vocabulary «можно» and «нельзя» Expression of Time (Contd.) (час)2.Grammar Accusative case of animate nouns in plural Accusative case of adjectives in plural (animate) Accusative case of «эти» and «все» Reading and Listening Practice Text3.Grammar The verbs with the suffix «–ава» Short form of adjectives Sentence Formation The word «который»4.Grammar Simple future tense of verbs Conjugation of the perfective verbs The Dative case of nouns – uses

Week 7 ObjectiveAssignments
1.Grammar Declension of singular nouns in the DC Declension of possessive pronouns in the DC Declension of personal pronouns in the DC2.Grammar Prepositions used with the DC Declension of adjectives in DC (singular) Dative case of «этот» and «весь» Listening and Reading Practice Text3.Grammar 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 age4.Sentence formation The conjunction «чтобы» Grammar 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 ObjectiveAssignments
1.Grammar 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, болеть2.Grammar Declension of possessive pronouns in the Genitive Case Declension of demonstrative, determinative pronouns in the Genitive Case Vocabulary RussianNames Text3.Grammar Declension of Adjectives in the Genitive Case (Singular) Prepositions used in the Genitive Case4.Grammar Declension of Plural Nouns in the Genitive Case The perfective verbs with the suffix «– ну» Vocabulary The cardinal numbers from 100 onwards

Week 9 ObjectiveAssignments

1. Grammar• Declension of Adjective in the Genitive Case (Plural)• Declension of pronouns (Plural)2. GrammarVerbs of Motion with prefixes3. Grammar• The Comparative Degree of Adjectives and Adverbs• Vocabulary• The Collective Numbers• Expressions The Interrogative Particle –ли

Week 10 Objective

1. Grammar• The Instrumental Case of Nouns – Uses• Expressions• The Expression «друг – друг(а) »• Text2. Grammar• Declension of Singular Nouns in the Instrumental Case• Declension of Personal Pronouns in the Instrumental Case• Vocabulary• The Nouns with the suffixes – анин/- янин, - онок/- ёнок• Text3. Grammar• Declension of Singular Adjectives in the Instrumental Case• Declension of Demonstrative and Determinative Pronouns Vocabulary• Nouns with the suffixes –ость, - ение, - ик, -ист• Listening and Reading Practice

Week 11 Objective
1. Grammar• The Prepositions governing the Instrumental Case of Nouns• The Superlative Degree of Adjectives• Expressions• The Particles «разве» and «неужели»• Text2. Grammar• Plural Nouns in the Instrumental Case• Adjectives in the Instrumental Plural• Expression of Time (contd.)• Expression of Date and Year• Prepositions used to express timeo Listening and Reading Practice3. The Verbs of Definite and Indefinite Motion• The prefixes used with the verbs of Definite and Indefinite MotionListening and Reading Practice4. Complex sentences with the conjunctions and conjunctive words «кто», «какой», «как», «когда»,
«где», «куда», «откуда», «почему», «зачем», «сколько» «поэтому», «потому что», «чтобы» and
«хотя», «если» and «если бы»5. Complex Sentences with the Conjunction «который» in

Week 12 Objective

1. Direct and Indirect Speech2. The Verbal Adverbs or the Gerund3. The Participles: Active Participle4. The Participles: Passive Participle5. Short Forms of Past Passive Participles6. Active and Passive Constructions