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After attending both the theoretical and the practical part (Esercitazioni) of the Russian Language 1 course, students will have acquired an elementary linguistic and metalinguistic competence at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. They will be able to orally express some fundamental needs and simple phrases about their everyday life, and to produce simple written texts on current topics. During the course a special attention will be devoted to parallel grammatical and cultural structures that link/differentiate Russian language and the other languages the students already know.
Moreover, one of the goals will be to enhance students’ ability and competence to autonomously find additional and extra-didactical information, which will guide them to solve a set of different oral and practical communicative situations.


The course is intended for absolute beginners, no specific prerequisites are required.


- basics of Russian culture;
- a contrastive study of written forms and pronunciation;
- basics of morphology and phonetics;
- declension of nouns, pronouns and adjectives;
- a general introduction to numerals;
- verbs, with a general introduction to the category of verbal aspect;
- everyday common phraseology;
- elementary conversation;
- introductory features of syntax.

Teaching Methods

- Lectures (20 hours)
- Practical classes (Esercitazioni, 130 hours taught by a mother-tongue Russian instructor)

Verification of learning

The assessment consists of two parts: a written and an oral test (final grade resulting from the average of both tests). Only those students who pass with a satisfactory evaluation the written test will be allowed to take the final oral test.
N.B: students must complete the examination within two following sessions.

1) the written examination will include:
a) Grammar exercises.
b) Exercises based on general culture features taught during the course.
c) A translation from Russian into Italian.

2) the oral examination
a) will be primarily held in Italian, in order to assess theoretical and metalinguistic command acquired during the lessons, and the ability to put in practice the related grammatical structures;
b) partially in Russian, in order to assess the students’ skills in everyday life basic oral expression.
No dictionaries, personal notes or electronical devices are allowed during the written test.


Compulsory Textbook:
- J. Dobrovolskaja, Il russo per italiani. Corso pratico con esercizi, con 4 CD-Audio, Hoepli 2011.

Suggested Grammar Book:
- C. Cevese, J. Dobrovolskaja, E. Magnanini, Grammatica russa. Morfologia: teoria ed esercizi, Hoepli 2000.

- Il Kovalev. Dizionario russo-italiano, italiano-russo, Zanichelli 2014.
- Dizionario Russo compatto, A cura di Edigeo, Zanichelli 2009
- J. Dobrovolskaja. Grande dizionario russo-italiano, italiano-russo, Hoepli 2011.

More Information

In addition, Russian native speakers will be required to demonstrate theoretical command and a general knowledge of Russian language history and of its present day stylistic and sociological situation (special texts will be provided).

Regular attendance of classes is highly recommended. The autonomous acquisition of Russian grammar at the level required to pass the examination is impossible.

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