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Russian Language and Literature: On-Demand Online Course

Secure your place on our Russian Language and Literature course, and gain a world-class education on your own schedule.

Online Russian Language and Literature Course Introduction

Do you want to become an expert on one of the most fascinating and varied cultures in history? Join our Russian Language and Literature course. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of the Russian language, and study some of the most famous literature of the 19th and 20th century. You’ll get to grips with the Cyrillic alphabet, and learn basic words, phrases and conjugation. You’ll gain the skills to apply with confidence to study the Russian language at university, and dive into the works of renowned authors such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin. You’ll explore the roots of Russian society and culture, and gain a true flavour of its proud and extraordinary heritage.

Secure your place on our Russian Language and Literature course, and gain a world-class education on your own schedule.

Russian Language and Literature

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What's in the Russian Language and Literature On-Demand Course?

Course Summary

Join our Russian Language and Literature course, and open the doors to a whole new language, and a rich and compelling culture. Our course prepares you thoroughly for any future languages courses you might study at university. You’ll gain a strong introduction to the Russian language and alphabet. You’ll gain sought-after analytical skills, as you discuss Russian literature, focusing on famous writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin.

You’ll start with the Russian language, and the Cyrillic alphabet. You’ll learn how to pronounce the letters and examine their similarities with and differences to the Roman alphabet. You’ll learn basic words and phrases, along with simple conjugation, and we encourage you to read these out loud with correct pronunciation, which will enhance your learning. Our course gives you the skills and confidence to apply to study the Russian language at university, and to explore some of the most extraordinary authors of the 19th and 20th century.

Topics Covered

On our course, you will:

  • understand the Cyrilic alphabet and a number of basic Russian phrases and vocabulary
  • gain key knowledge of Russian society and culture, and the historical roots of this culture
  • obtain an appreciation of the works of some of the great Russian authors of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • consider the differences between the two centuries – which were considerable given the social and political upheaval of the early 20th century following the Russian Revolution.
  • gain a flavour of Russia, from its language and politics, to its literature and culture literature

By the end of the course, you will be able to…

  • discuss the major works of some of the most important writers and poets of Russian literature
  • place the literature of 19th and 20th century Russia in its historical context

What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion


Tutorial 1: Why Study Russian? (1 - 1.5 hours)

This first tutorial introduces students to Russia and its vast territory and culture. It familiarises students with well-known Russian figures, objects and symbols, landmarks, and geography, whilst also introducing them to the Cyrillic alphabet and a few basic Russian words and phrases. University study of Russian is also discussed, such as the typical balance of language and literature, which this course hopes to emulate.

Tutorial 2: Improving your Russian (1 - 1.5 hours)

Tutorial 2 is dedicated to the Russian language, but don’t worry – it is aimed at beginners or those who have never encountered the language before! It runs through some basic grammatical structures, useful words and phrases, and hones students’ ability to pronounce and read the Russian alphabet. A range of exercises throughout helps to consolidate the material covered, the aim being to give students confidence to pursue their studies of Russian further.

Tutorial 3: 19th-century Literature (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial moves away from language to focus on Russian literature, introducing students to some key 19th-century Russian authors and their works, including Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov. For each author we look at the key events in their life and at a case study of the works most often studied at university. In addition to discussing the classic works, mention will also be made of some shorter, more accessible works, such as the short stories of Chekhov and Tolstoy.

Tutorial 4: 20th-century Literature (1 - 1.5 hours)

Our second tutorial on literature, and the final tutorial of the course, looks at the 20th century, which provides a stark contrast to that studied in tutorial 3. Life and literature had changed dramatically in Russia after 1917, and this tutorial explores the dramatic cultural changes in Soviet Russia that took place at this time before discussing three major authors and a key text by each: Mikhail Bulgakov’s masterpiece “The Master and Margarita”, the poet Anna Akhmatova’s poem “Requiem” (to the victims of Stalinism) and finally dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s novella “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An enthusiasm for languages and literature.

Course Level

For students interested in embarking on studies in Russian language, literature, and culture, in particular those looking to study Russian as part of a university course.



Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.




4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

How to Enrol

  1. Choose the enrolment that best suits you
  2. Click ‘Enrol Now’ on your preferred option

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