88073 - Russian Language I And Laboratory

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  • Teacher Simona Berardi

  • Credits 8

  • SSD L-LIN/21

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in International relations and diplomatic affairs (cod. 8048)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 21, 2022 to May 23, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has a basic linguistic and communicative competence (level TEU - A1 of the TORFL). Particular focus is dedicated to the skill of speaking on the main topics of everyday life and on issues related to areas of the Faculty. The students are able to: - understand and use basic expressions to meet practical elementary needs in shops, post offices, banks, restaurants, public transportation, at the doctor's, at a lesson, etc. .., - introduce themselves and others - ask and answer questions about personal details such as the place where they live in, work or study - provide information about relatives or friends and objects that possess - to formulate expressions of greetings, thanks, apologies - to express the additional time elements.

Course contents

Russian phonetic system: voiceless-voiced consonants, hard and soft consonants, stressed and unstressed vowels.

Formation and use of adverbs.

Name, surname and patronymic. Gender of nouns.

Gender and number of adjectives. The possessive pronouns.

Meanings of the Nominative case: expression of the subject. Interrogative pronouns.

The construction to denote possession.

The use and meanings of the Prepositional case (singular and plural).

Nouns and personal pronouns, adjectives and possessive pronouns in the Prepositional case.

The Prepositional case denoting the place of an action with the prepositions “v” and “na” and the object of speech with the preposition “o”.

The Prepositional case denoting time (centuries, years, months, weeks).

The Prepositional case denoting means of motion.

The use and meanings of the Accusative case (singular and plural) without and with prepositions.

Nouns and personal pronouns, adjectives and possessive pronouns in the Accusative case.

The Accusative case denoting an object acted upon.

The Accusative case with the verbs of motion.

The Accusative denoting time. The Accusative denoting time with the days of the week.

Animate nouns and adjectives.

The verb. First and second conjugation of the verb, present tense.

The past tense of the verbs.

Transitive and intransitive verbs. Conjugation of the verbs with the particle–sja.

The verbs denoting study.

Some irregular verbs.

Forms of the future tense. Formation of aspectual pairs of verbs.


- Khavronina S. A., Shirochenskaya A. I., Russian in exercises, Russky Yazyk Kursy, 2009.

- S. Chernyshov, A. Chernyshova, Lets' go! Russian for adults. A course for beginners. Textbook 1, Zlatoust, St. Petersburg, 2019.

- Berardi S. - Buglakova L., Kraski. Communicative multimedia course for learning Russian – level A1 – self-access program, Clueb, Bologna, 2003. https://e-cla.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=1142

- S. Berardi – L. Buglakova, KRASKI-A1. Nuova edizione aggiornata. Corso comunicativo multimediale per l'autoapprendimento della lingua russa di livello principiante A1. CD-Rom, CLUEB, Bologna, 2011.

- S. Berardi – L. Buglakova, KRASKI-A2. Nuova edizione aggiornata. Corso comunicativo multimediale per l'autoapprendimento della lingua russa di livello A2. CD-Rom, CLUEB, Bologna, 2012.

Teaching methods

The course is articulated in 30 hours of lessons, in which the linguistic competences are mainly developed, and in 40 hours of laboratory activities, that privilege the communicative competences.

30 hours of self-learning with multimedia materials in the virtual learning envinroment of the University of Bologna are recommended.

Assessment methods

Students attendig class are required to take 2 mid-term written examinations (30% + 70%) and an oral test. Only one of the two mid-term tests may be made up (the one in which the student was absent or did not achieve the minimum grade, or any one chosen by the student in order to raise the average obtained).

The written exams consist of a grammar test on the topics explained during the lessons.

The written exam is a prerequisite to the oral exam.

The oral test is focused on the communicative competences, on the ability of oral expression. In particular, students should: introduce themselves, speak about their family, their study or profession, their hobbies, and the city they live in.

Teaching tools

PC - computer – language laboratory with Internet; video projector.

Microsoft Teams.

Office hours

See the website of Simona Berardi