Russian Through Art

Course Dates: 02/10/24 - 11/12/24
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
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Suitable if you have completed Russian at Level 3, Level 4 or above. Learn Russian through this culturally immersive language course with the focus on Russian art. The emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills. There will be some writing assignments too.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Russian Through Art
  • Course Code: LR401
  • Dates: 02/10/24 - 11/12/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:30
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Eugeniya Clark

Course Code: LR401

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Wed, eve, 02 Oct - 11 Dec '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course is based on the book “Russian through Art”, published by Routledge, and on the online material of the course book and other online sources.
During the course, students will learn about architecture in Russia, famous architects and architectural styles, popular in Russia in the 18th – 20th centuries, from the classical palaces of the Romanovs and the Russian nobility in St. Petersburg and Moscow and the buildings of the world-renowned Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres to the avant-garde architecture of “constructivism” and the stylish sky-scrapers of Moscow-City.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Students will discover the history and circumstances of constructing, destroying and rebuilding of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, discuss the architectural details of Kazan and St. Isaac’s Cathedrals, Admiralty and other classical buildings in St. Petersburg. During the course the students will familiarise themselves with the examples of the ‘northern modern’ in St. Petersburg, the short-lived constructivism and the ambitious projects of ‘Stalin’s Empire’ in Moscow. The students will learn the names of Italian, French, Russian and Soviet architects, whose masterpieces deserve to remain forever in the annals of Russian and world architecture.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- talk about architectural styles in Russia in the 18th-20th centuries
- talk about famous architects
- talk about well-known architectural monuments in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other cities
- talk about modern architecture in Russia
- develop your own language skills and abilities to talk about the art topics, covered in the course.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable if you have completed Russian at Level 3, or you are a confident learner at Level 3 or are studying Russian at Level 4 or above.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course involves listening to and reading a lecture (available online), using video and audio files, discussions, there will be some task-based and project-based assignments.

Homework will be set every week, which students should be willing and able to do in order to benefit fully from the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The students are required to buy the course book “Russian through Art” by Anna S. Kudyma and Olga E. Kagan, published by Routledge ISBN 9781138400276. The course book can be bought either on Amazon as well as on the UCLA site https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/russart. Internet resources will be given either in the book or by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

LR402 Russian through Art in Term 2 focussing on "Music and theatre".
Please check with the tutor for more information.

Eugeniya Clark

Eugeniya is a Russian teacher who lived most of her life in Moscow. She holds a degree in language teaching from Moscow State University as well as a PGCE. She has also trained to be a language teacher at City Lit. Eugeniya has taught Russian at all levels in a wide range of institutions including secondary schools, London universities and various language centres and agencies. She enjoys teaching adults who need Russian for travelling, communicating with friends or who would like to learn about Russian history, politics and literature. Her passions are languages, literature, art, and travelling.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.