Exploring Russia

Course code: LPXR119P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

4:30pm - 6:30pm


20th Sep 2021 - 18th Oct 2021

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

Contact details


01235 555 585

Exploring Russia – find out interesting places to visit, get to know etiquette and customs and learn to cook traditional dishes.
The course includes a selection of themes related to Russia and Russian culture.
This course is for those who are either planning to visit Russia or those who are just curious about Russia, its land and people, and would like to learn more about Russian culture. During the course you will learn key phrases you might need during your trip to Russia and get some advice how to avoid cultural misunderstandings, and how to stay safe during your journey. You will also find out about interesting places to visit and look at the climate of different regions. During the course you will be also introduced to a variety of Russian cuisine dishes and learn how to cook some traditional Russian recipes. You will also have an opportunity to share your view on Russia and Russian people.

The course will be covering the following topics:

• Baikal – the unique lake with endemic fauna.
• Golden Ring – picturesque old towns around Moscow.
• Causes of cross-cultural misunderstanding (e.g., direct translation, differences in appropriateness, different ways of expressing politeness and interacting).
• Do’s and Don’ts – some practical advices on how to interact well and stay safe in Russia.
• Climate, geographical features, wildlife and people of Karelia, Yakutia and the North Caucasus.
• Museums of Moscow – estates and parks: Kolomenskoye, Ostankino, Tsaritsyno and Abramtsevo.
• New year celebration – customs and food (You will also learn how to prepare traditional salads: olivier, vinaigrette, tomato/cucumber/onion salad and crab stick salad).
• Recipes of traditional dishes: borsch, mushroom stew, apple pie, syrniki – cheese pancakes and vareniki – dumplings with cheese or cherry.
• Comparing your perception of Russian people described in literature and media with your experience of observing Russian people and interacting with them.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

The course will lead to Russian cuisine and Russian culture courses.
During the following up course, you will be introduced to a variety of Russian dishes that are influenced by other nationalities in and around Russia.
You will also continue to explore the diversity of Russian Federation: Russian and other ethnic groups, their cultural traditions, religions and languages.
You will be introduced to climate and geographic features of different regions and find out more about places to visit.
You will find out some interesting facts about Russian Art, History and modern life. You will also have an opportunity to discuss films, books, paintings and various social concepts.
There are no formal entry requirements.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £40.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £40.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
You will have presentations, take part in discussions and games, do quizzes, and perform role-plays.