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Conversational Russian

  • Appreciate Russian culture and literature and make the most of your travel in Russia by being able to converse with local people.
  • Learn a language that is very different to English and gain a better understanding of Russia's view of itself in the world.

Russian is the most widely spoken language of Eurasia and the most widespread of the Slavic languages. It's an official language of the UN and the eighth most spoken language in the world. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Russian.
  • Express yourself in Russian, whether you're a traveller, student, lover of language, business person or have married into a Russian-speaking family.
  • Be able to talk simply about yourself, your family and friends, what you do and where you live.
  • Be able to exchange basic information on work and other topics and understand what people say to you about themselves and their lives.
  • Follow the gist of the news, other media, public announcements and messages.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Russian within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.