2:30pm - Fridays, weekly, Central Bath

The Russian Level 1 group was formed after the 2016 Open Day. We are all beginners and are led by the convenor of the Level 2 group. We cover speaking, listening and conversation and are interested in the culture, history and life of Russia.

We use audio-tapes and are currently working from the book Ruslan 1 by John Langran.

We are an easy going and friendly group. If you are a member of U3A in Bath and would like to join us, feel free to come along. You will be most welcome. You may like to phone for further details. The number is in the Schedule of Groups in the newsletter.

10:30am - Fridays, weekly, various locations

Russian Level 2 is based on the book Ruslan 3 which is full of lively, interesting and authentic material and costs approximately £20 (but can be found cheaper on-line). The book explains grammatical points and provides exercises to consolidate learning, and it sets out to develop listening, reading, speaking and, to a lesser extent, writing skills.

It is probably fair to say that the course of Ruslan 3 assumes a knowledge of Russian corresponding to a good GCSE standard (or in "old money" a not especially good O Level standard). It is designed to meet the needs of those who want to push on a little further. Ruslan 3 would not suit a person who had learnt a little holiday Russian and wanted to learn a little more of the same.

Members of the class possess different degrees of competence but everyone is fully involved in all of the tasks, each finding a level of performance which suits and satisfies him/her; and no-one feels discouraged by the greater knowledge or skill of anyone else. Some people do a lot of work between lessons with the book and/or audio-visual material, others do little, but each lesson ends with a small homework assignment or preparation task. The appeal of Ruslan 3 is that it is a systematic course which is mainly communicative but certainly does not side-step grammar and its choice of material makes it an honest portrait of aspects of life in modern Russia.