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  • Teacher Simona Berardi

  • Credits 8

  • SSD L-LIN/21

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs (cod. 9247)

  • 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

The Language and Culture of Russian-speaking Countries programme consists of a 30-hour course and a 30-hour lab. At the end of the course, students should be able to read, report and discuss essays or academic texts in Russian dealing with cultural issues, social sciences, and political sciences. To this purpose they should reach a minimum level of B1 of the TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language).

Course contents

The course is reserved for students with a previous A2l evel of Russian. Students who have not attended the exams of Russian Language I and II of the first cycle degree programme in International relations and diplomatic affairs (University of Bologna, Forlì Campus) are required to certify their level, before the beginning of the course; language certifications or other means (e.g., a declaration of level by lecturer(s) of the Russian language course(s) attended during the first cycle degree programme) are accepted. Students who are not able to certify their level and wish to attend the course have to pass a placement test.


Deepen the morphological system of the Russian Language.

The verbal aspects: imperfective and perfective forms in the tense system.

Main meanings of the aspects. Use of the infinitive: imperfective and perfective verbs.

Imperative mood: formation and use for both verbal aspects. Ways to express invitation to joint actions.

Verbs of motion without prefixes: idti/chodit' (to go by foot), ekhat'/ezdit' (to go by means of transport), bezhat'/begat' (to run), letet'/letat' (to fly), plyt'/plavat' (to swim), nesti/nosit' (to bring), vezti/vozit' (to transport), vesti/vodit' (to lead).

Verbs of motion with prefixes:
the prefix po- to indicate the beginning of a movement;
prefixes pri- (to arrive) / u- (to leave);
v- (vo) (to enter) / vy- (to exit);
pod- (to get closer) / ot- (to go away);
do- (to reach);
pro- (to go beyond) / pere- (to cross, to move).


Direct and indirect speech.

Coordinating conjunctions (connective, adversative, disjunctive).

The complex sentences: the subordinate clauses and conjunctions.

Simple and complex clauses to express:
purpose of an action, conditions of an action, reason.
The conjunction chto in order to express information, thought, feeling;
the conjunction chtoby to express desire, necessity, order;
the conjunction kak to express one perception;
the conjunction esli to express conditions of actions;
the conjunction potomu chto to express the reason of an action;
Consecutive subordinate clauses with the conjunction poetomu.
Concessive subordinate clauses: the conjunction khotja


- Kapitonova T.I. i dr., Zhivem i uchimsja v Rossii, Rabochaja tetrad' po grammatike, Zlatoust, SPb, 2003.

- Nikitina N., Grammatica d'uso della lingua russa. Teoria ed esercizi. Livello A2, Hoepli, Milano, 2018.

- Berardi S., Buglakova L., Kraski A2. Nuova edizione aggiornata. Corso comunicativo multimediale per l'autoapprendimento della lingua russa di livello A2, Bologna, Clueb, 2012.

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

- Articoli di attualità e politica tratti dai maggiori quotidiani e riviste russe, siti Internet, forniti dal docente a lezione e pubblicati nelle piattaforme e-learning di Ateneo.

Testi di supporto:

- Volkova L.B., Komissarova T.A., Grani politiki. Uchebnoe posobie RKI, SPb, Zlatoust, 2002.

- Malyshev G., Malysheva N., O Rossii i russkikh. About Russia and Russians. Reading and Russian civilisation for RFL students (B1), SPb, Zlatoust, 2015.

- Le Fleming S. and S. E.Kay, Colloquial Russian 2. The next step in language learning. Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2003.

Teaching methods

The course is articulated in 30 hours of lesson, in which the linguistic competences are mainly developed, and in 30 hours of laboratory activities, that privilege the communicative competences and the reading comprehension of historycal, cultural and political articles.

30 hours of self-learning with multimedia material in the Virtual Learning Environment of the University of Bologna are recommended.

Assessment methods

The students are asked to do a written examination and an oral test.

The written test is to verify the linguistic competences, in particular elements of morphology and word-study, including the ability of written comprehension on political topics.

The oral test is focused on the communicative competences, on the ability of oral expression using articles about actuality and politics taken from the Internet and the most popular newspapers and Russian reviews. In particular, they are asked to do a presentation using one of the texts analized during the lessons.

The students that do not attend lessons are asked to find authentic material in Internet and to prepare a paper to expose during the final oral examination.

Teaching tools

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

Microsoft Teams.

Office hours

See the website of Simona Berardi