Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL MEDIATION
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Standard lectures hours: 

In order to profitably attend classes and pass the final examination, students should already have a knowledge of the Russian language at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (2001).
Propedeuticity: Russian language I

Final Examination: 

Learning will be verified through a final exam aimed at evaluating the four language skills (written / oral understanding and written / oral expression), in accordance with norms developed by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(2001).
It consists of a written test and an oral test. It is compulasory to take the written test prior to the oral.
The written test consists of: morpho-syntactic and lexical test, consisting of a series of exercises of various kinds; Written production test (writing a brief informal letter) and understanding a short text. Understanding will be verified through a series of Russian-language questions related to the given text, to which the student is required to answer in writing. The vocabulary is not allowed. The written test will assess spelling and grammatical correctness, expressive skills and the ability to understand Russian.
The oral examination is subdivided into conversation with the linguistic expert and final oral exam on the theoretical part of the course with the course tutor. In the conversation, students will have to demonstrate the ability to entertain a dialogue on topics studied during the practical sessions. In the final theoretical part they will have to prove that they have acquired a theoretical knowledge of the Russian language, to be able to describe its functioning and peculiarities. Each of the examination sessions will be considered to be passed if its outcome is equal to or greater than 18/30.

Voto Finale

The aim of this course is to bring students who already possess basic morphosyntactic linguistic skills in Russian to a level of competence comparable to A2-B1 (Предпороговый / Waystage- Пороговый / Threshold).

Moving from theoretical reflections on linguistic phenomena, the course aims at deepening the knowledge of the peculiarities of the Russian language system. In the first module, an in-depth analysis of verbal aspect, one of the most controversial issues of the Russian language, will be carried out. We will analyze the formal marking of verbal aspect, the meanings of aspectual pairs, the interaction of verbal aspect with time. Motion verbs which, in addition to having perfective prefixed forms, have systematically two imperfect forms for each verb, will be the object of the second part of the first module. Finally, the study of nominal morphology will be completed, examining some specificities related to the semantics of cases. In the second module, the analysis of the Russian verbal system will continue, focusing on transitive verbs of motion with prefixes, position verbs, and reflective verbs. Consideration will then be given to the semantic and grammatical properties of the simple proposition, by analyzing its nominal components. With regard to the adjectival system, the complex relationship between the long and short form of adjectives will be studied. Finally, we will examine the syntax of relative phrases and the rules governing the changement of sentences from direct to indirect speech.
The course will be supplemented by language lessons held by language experts, aimed at consolidating and expanding communication skills in the four skills. Attendance is compulsory and part of the overall schedule. Practical lessons will focus on: reading, writing and listening exercises; Grammar exercises; acquisition of the lexicon; Oral production (dialogue and monologue).

Mother tongue students:
Only students having excellent knowledge of standard Russian (литературный язык) will be considered mother tongue speakers. Native speakers will have to study the theoretical part of the course so that they can explain the phonetic and morphosyntactic peculiarities of the Russian language system.

Course materials are available in the relevant folder on the ELearning system

In the practical sessions of the first module students will use the following coursebook: Esmantova T., Russkij Jazyk: 5 elementov. Uroven' A2. Kniga + 1 CD (mp3). SPb: Zlatoust, 2008. (Эсмантова Татьяна, Русский язык: 5 элементов. Уровень А2. Книга + 1 CD (mp3). СПб. : Златоуст, 2008.)

In the practical sessions of the second module students will use the coursebook: Esmantova T., Russkij Jazyk: 5 elementov. Uroven' B1. Kniga + 1 CD (mp3). SPb: Zlatoust, 2008. (Эсмантова Татьяна, Русский язык: 5 элементов. Уровень Б1. Книга + 1 CD (mp3). СПб. : Златоуст, 2008.)

Those who are not attending the course and those who wish to deepen individual aspects of the course are advised to read one or more of the following texts:
• F. Fici Giusti, L. Gebert, S. Signorini. 1991. La lingua russa. Storia, struttura, tipologia. Firenze: La Nuova Italia scientifica.
A good introduction to the Russian language.
• P. Cubberley. 2002. Russian: A linguistic Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A good English presentation of the contemporary Russian language system.
• A. Gančikov. 2004. Grammatica russo facile. Milano: Vallardi.
A text of immediate consultation, simple and inexpensive.
• К.И.Пехливанова, М.Н.Лебедева. 2007. Грамматика русского языка в иллюстрациях. Москва: Русский Язык.
In Russian, but easy to use because all grammatical material is presented through tables and drawings.
• С.А.Хавронина, А.И.Широченская. 2007. Русский язык в упражнениях. Roma: Il Punto Editoriale.
It is an excellent exercise book and covers all the morphology studied in the three years.
• C. Cevese, Ju. Dobrovol’skaja, E. Magnanini. 2000. Grammatica Russa. Morfologia: Teoria e Esercizi. Milano: Hoepli.
It is a very detailed grammar, with in-depth coverage of all the aspects of the Russian morphological system.
•C. Cevese, Ju. Dobrovol’skaja. 2005. Sintassi Russa: Teoria e Esercizi. Milano: Hoepli.
A very detailed presentation of the Russian syntactic system.

The course runs throughout the Academic Year with 110 hours of lessons (60 hours of the theoretical course and 50 hours of practical sessions).

The program is divided into two modules.

Lessons and practical sessions are held in
Via Sant'Abbondio 12, 22100 Como

Continuous attendance is strongly recommended. Non-attending students should contact the course tutor at the beginning of the academic year in order to agree a supplementary program.