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Russian

Course overview

Stage 5

200 hours course

This course is designed for students who wish to student Russian in Years 9 and 10 as an elective subject. Students with no knowledge, some prior knowledge or background knowledge of Russian are eligible to study this course.

The courses contain a variety of interactive learning activities which cater for all levels of knowledge. There are worksheets and online tasks which students need to submit fortnightly for marking. Regular weekly phone lessons are also an integral part of the course. During these one-on-one lessons, students will develop their speaking skills and have the opportunity to discuss any queries about the course work with their teacher. Face-to-face lessons days are also organised for students to meet and interact with their peers at NSW School of Languages. All the learning materials for these courses are available in the e-learning class. It is not necessary to purchase additional resources.

In Year 9 there are 25 modules to complete, ranging in topics from hobbies and interests, special celebrations, entertainment, daily life, weekend activities etc.

In Year 10 there are also 25 modules to complete, ranging in topics from holidays and travelling, food and drink, shopping, sport, visiting Russia etc. Students will also complete a project which aims to develop their technology and language skills as well as integrating knowledge of culture.

Russian Continuers

This course is designed for students who have studied Russian in Years 9 and 10 or for those who have prior or background knowledge of Russian.

The course provides a flexible blended learning approach. Ample practice is provided for students to develop their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills through a number of diverse exercises and activities.

The three prescribed themes are the focus of the course:

  • the individual
  • the Russian-speaking communities
  • the changing world

Each theme has a number of prescribed topics, for example: personal identity, education, leisure, lifestyles, visiting Russia, arts and entertainment, environmental issues, world of work, social issues.

All the materials for learning are available in the e-learning class. It is not necessary to purchase additional texts or resources.

In the Year 11 Preliminary course there are 15 units set for study. Each unit in the course clearly states what work the students are required to submit to their teacher for marking. Weekly phone lessons with their teacher allows for speaking practice as well as opportunities to further discuss the course work.

In the Year 12 HSC course there are 20 units to complete over the four school terms. Additional enrichment and extension materials as well as links to Russian language learning sites are also available for all students in the e-learning class. This course focuses not only on the HSC syllabus topics but also heavily on HSC examination skills and techniques.

Face-to-face lesson days each term and some cultural events at the NSW School of Languages provide the students with the opportunity to have an informal language exchange with their peers and to seek further assistance and support.

Syllabuses (From NESA)

Go to the NESA syllabus downloads page for more information on the syllabus.