Russian I (2018/2019)

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Giorgia Pomarolli
Giorgia Pomarolli
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II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The course leads the students to learn the basic features of the cultural and literary history of Russia.
At the end of the course, students must be able to:
1) know the most important moments in Russia’s history and the basic elements of russian modern culture, with specific reference to the XIX century;
2) apply the acquired knowledge in the analysis of the text studied during the lessons, using the supplied critical bibliography.
3) develop independent opinions concerning the fundamental topics addressed during the course and to express them in a coherent and correct way.


The first part of the course is dedicated to fundamentals of phonetics and orthography of Russian language, and to transliteration. The second part is dedicated to the morphology of Russian language, e.g. declination of nouns, adjectives, personal and demonstrative pronouns, use of cases, verbal system (conjugation, tense, aspect), verbs of motion without prefixation. Students will also be trained in reading, translating and commenting short texts.

- Chavronina S., Il russo esercizi, Il Punto Editore, Roma, 2007.
- Cevese C., Dobrovolskaja Ju., Magnanini E. Grammatica russa. Manuale di teoria, Hoepli, Milano, 2018. The book must be used with the guidance of the lecturer.
- Slides of the lecturer and further papers uploaded on the e-learning website. Students are required to register at the e-learning page of the course.

Programme and bibliography are the same for both attending and non-attending students.

Frontal lectures; grammar exercises; reading and comment on texts.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Cevese C., Dobrovolskaja Ju., Magnanini E. Grammatica russa. Manuale di teoria Hoepli 2018 978-88-203-8543-9 Il testo va utilizzato su indicazione della docente/The book must be used with the guidance of the lecturer
Chavronina S. Il russo esercizi Il Punto 2007 9788890318603

Assessment methods and criteria

Written + oral exam

Students can take the exam only after they acquire the B1 language certificate.

The written part is a test consisting of questions and exercises on the topics of the course. It lasts one and a half hour.
The oral part can be taken only after passing the written one. This part will require students to:
- correct the errors in the written exam;
- elaborate on one of the topics of grammatical theory;
- read and translate a short text;
- hold a short conversation in Russian.

(1) The written test is marked in thirties. The total mark is the mean score between the mark of written test and that of the language certificate. Note that the mean score will be calculated only if the mark of the written test is at least 18/30.
(2) Students who pass the written test can (a) take the oral part of the exam, or (b) if unsatisfied with the mark, repeat the test in one of the following exam sessions
(3) The oral part completes the written one, so – depending on the student’s performance – the final mark can be confirmed, increased or reduced.