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Business Russian

Starting from the A2 level, this Russian language course aims to provide students with an advanced knowledge in Russian business communication. The grammar content is integrated into the business vocabulary and communication content. Some of the skills achieved are: describing a company, applying for a job, writing a CV, understanding and analysing advertisements, talking about products and prices, etc.
Business Russian Language

A2 level – B1 level (60 hours)

These two levels of Business Russian Course cover following topics: Grammar content

Accusative case of animate nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Genitive case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Dative case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Instrumental case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Prepositions with cases (с, без, за, перед, вокруг, у, к, около, etc.). Fundamentals of the Perfective and Imperfective verb forms. Future Tense. Position verbs, position prepositions and adverbs. Time and date. Grades of comparison of adjectives.

Vocabulary and communication content

  • Meeting people. Level 1;
  • Talking about your accommodation and your workplace;
  • Professions and positions;
  • Introducing a company and finding out its status;
  • Asking for the name of a company;
  • Telling when and where the company was founded;
  • Asking about the company founders;
  • Asking for the company address and phone number;
  • Asking about the company’s main activities;
  • Products and goods description;
  • Company services description;
  • Advertisements and pricing;
  • Job description;
  • Applying for a job;
  • Business events in the past and in the future;
  • Inviting people;
  • Talking about the financial activity of a company, its goals and achievements;
  • Business trips;
  • Introduction to business writing: forms and questionnaires, autobiography, CV, advertisements, business cards, etc.

B1 level – B2 level (60 hours)

Levels B1 and B2 of Business Russian Course cover following topics: Grammar content

Russian case system with prepositions. Verbs of motion without prefix. Verbs of motion with prefix. Indefinite pronouns (-то, – нибудь, кое-). Demonstrative pronouns (этот, эта, это, эти, тот, та, то, те). Reflexive pronouns (свой, своя, свое, свои). Negative pronouns and negative phrases. Must and need. Perfective and Imperfective verb forms. Indirect question. Subjunctive mode. Imperative. Active and passive participles. Gerunds. Passive voice. Short adjectives. Number declination. Possessive adjectives, their types. Collective numbers. Оба and обе. Perfective and Imperfective verb forms: Past tense, infinitive, imperative. Time, intention, cause and consequence, condition, concession and comparison expression. Много, многие, несколько, некоторые. Fundamentals of punctuation.

Vocabulary and communication content

  • Meeting people. Presentation. Level 2;
  • Joint ventures and foreign companies in Russia;
  • Working at exhibitions and fairs;
  • Prices, goods delivery and payment;
  • Insurance;
  • Speaking about banks;
  • Stock exchange. Principles of work;
  • Talking about taxes;
  • Management and managers. Main terms;
  • Business writing: CV, applications, warrant, invitation, gratitude, enquiry, etc.

C1-C2 level (60 hours)

Levels C1-C2 of Business Russian Course includes: Grammar content

Time, condition, cause, concession expressions (detailed). Negative constructions (нечего, некуда…). Impersonal sentences. Infinitive constructions. Use of зато, а то, на. Use of либо, или…или, etc. Relative subordinates. Particles. Word order. Suffixation. Prefixation. Adjective formation. Verbs with prefixes and how to use them. Verbs with prepositions. Broadening of the general grammar contents. Russian punctuation.

Vocabulary and communication content

  • Market. Characteristics;
  • Stock market. How it works;
  • Market economy principles;
  • Business negotiations
  • Describing a country’s economy;
  • Language of contracts;
  • Business writing: contracts, prices and payment conditions, etc.

Class materials used

  • Кутукова Н.В., Шеина Ю.В. Слово и дело. – М.: КРЭФ, 2007;
  • Козлова Т.В., Курлова И.В., Кульгавчук М.В. Начальный курс делового русского языка. Книги 1 и 2. – М.: Русский язык, 2007;
  • Базванова Т.Н., Орлова Т.К. Бизнес-корреспонденция – М.: Русский язык, 2009;
  • Лебедев В.К., Петухова Е.Н. Деловая поездка в Россию – СПб: Златоуст, 2002;
  • Позднякова А.А., Фёдорова И.В. Русский язык для менеджеров – М.: Форум, 2012.