Proficiency Course in Russian

By Dr. Pusp Ranjan   |   The English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow Campus
Learners enrolled: 564
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.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Language
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 31 Jul 2022
End Date : 31 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1      Objective type assignments at end of the week                                                                                                                              

1.Introduction to the course
2.Introduction of the Russian alphabets and their sounds
3.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 vowels
4.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                            Objective  Assignments 

1.Introduction of the remaining letters of the Russian alphabet
   Pronunciation Practice
      i.Letters, words and phrases. 
  Soft vowels
  Hard and soft consonants
2.Introduction to Russian Grammar
   Gender of Nouns
   Interrogative words “кто”, “что” and “где”
   Personal pronouns
   Possessive pronouns
   Construction «У меняесть … » 
   Numerals (0-10)
      Demonstrative pronouns
      Verbs  (I conjugation, verbs with –ать ending) 
      Interrogative word «как?», adverbs
      Reading Practice
      Negative constructions using the word «нет»
   Plurals of nouns
   Adjectives (Hard ending, soft ending adjectives)

Week 3           Objective  Assignments 

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

Week 4            Objective  Assignments 

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

Week 5            Objective  Assignments 

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

Week 6             Objective  Assignments 

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

Week 7             Objective  Assignments 

   Declension of singular nouns in the DC
   Declension of possessive pronouns in the DC
   Declension of personal pronouns in the DC
   Prepositions used with the DC
   Declension of adjectives in DC (singular)
   Dative case of «этот» and «весь»
   Listening and Reading Practice
   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 age
4.Sentence formation
   The conjunction «чтобы»
   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              Objective  Assignments 

   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, болеть
   Declension of possessive pronouns in the Genitive Case
   Declension of demonstrative, determinative pronouns in the Genitive Case 
   Declension of Adjectives in the Genitive Case (Singular)
   Prepositions used in the Genitive Case
   Declension of Plural Nouns in the Genitive Case
   The perfective verbs with the suffix «– ну»
   The cardinal numbers from 100 onwards

Week 9              Objective  Assignments 

1. Grammar
Declension of Adjective in the  Genitive Case (Plural)
Declension of pronouns (Plural)
2. Grammar
Verbs of Motion with prefixes
3. Grammar
The Comparative Degree of Adjectives and Adverbs
The Collective Numbers
      The Interrogative Particle –ли

Week 10              Objective 

1. Grammar
The Instrumental Case of Nouns – Uses
The Expression «друг – друг(а) »
2. Grammar
Declension of Singular Nouns in the Instrumental Case
Declension of Personal Pronouns in the Instrumental Case
The Nouns with the suffixes – анин/- янин, - онок/- ёнок
3. Grammar
Declension of Singular Adjectives in the Instrumental Case 
Declension of Demonstrative and Determinative Pronouns 
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
The Particles «разве» and «неужели»
2. 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 time
o Listening and Reading Practice
3. The Verbs of Definite and Indefinite Motion
The prefixes used with the verbs of Definite and Indefinite Motion
Listening and Reading Practice
 4. 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 Speech
2. The Verbal Adverbs or the Gerund
3. The Participles: Active Participle
4. The Participles: Passive Participle
5. Short Forms of Past Passive Participles
6. Active and Passive Constructions

Books and references

  1. Russian for Indians by Prof. H. C. Pande
  2. Russian for Beginners by Y.G. Ovsienko
  3. Russian by V.N. Wagner and Y.G. Ovsienko
  4. Жили-были: 28 уроков русского языка для начинающих by L.V. Miller and L.V. Politova
  5. Russian in Exercises by S.A. Khavronina and A. I. Shirochenskaya
  6. «Начинаем читать по-русски!  Пособие по чтению для иностранцев, начинающих изучать русский язык» by И. В. Курлова


  • www.masterrussian.com
  • www.russianforeveryone.com
  • www.multitran.ru
  • www.learnrussian.rt.com 
  • http://speak-russian.cie.ru/time_new/eng/grammar/ 
  • http://petersburgcity.com/for-tourists/phrases-english-russian/expressions/ 

Instructor bio

Dr. Pusp Ranjan

The English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow Campus
Dr. Pusp Ranjan is an Assistant Professor at the English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow Campus since May 2010. He has been engaged in teaching Russian language at various levels since then. He has been awarded PhD in Russian language from The EFL University, Hyderabad. He has a peculiar interest in introducing new pedagogical methods in the classrooms. He has contributed not just as a teacher of Russian language, but someone who has looked after several administrative responsibilities.
His research interests include comparative linguistics, pedagogy and translation. 

Course certificate

30 percent marks for in course Assessments and 70 Percent marks for end term proctored exam. Learner should acquire atleast 40 percent marks in the internal assessment and end term exam. If the learner pass the exams and assessments he/she will receive the certificate. 

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