|Russia is the world's largest country and Russian is spoken by over 150 million people, making it Europe's most widely spoken language. Its history is as controversial as it has been turbulent, but following a period of relative stability it is once again emerging as a major European and global force.
As Russia continues to wrestle with its own identity and struggles to define its geo-political role in the twenty first century, its importance in the future as one of the BRIC countries is undeniable. That said, the benefits of learning Russian are not purely economic. A vast and varied culture encompassing Art, Music and Literature continues to inform and enrich the minds and lives of people the world over.
Russian is offered in Year 10 or in the Sixth Form as an ab initio two-year course, at the end of which pupils sit the Edexcel GCSE examination.
It is a stimulating, but also a demanding option recommended for strong and confident linguists.
It can be taken only as a second or, in exceptional cases, third modern language in Year 10.
Russian is a member of the Slavonic group of languages and, once its alphabet has been mastered, basic expression is not excessively complex. Its grammatical structure is not dissimilar to German and it is also completely phonetic.
This course aims to provide pupils with a solid foundation in the language so that they can express themselves with clarity and panache. To this end we do place emphasis on written accuracy as well as spoken fluency.
Although the main focus of lessons is, of course, the learning and practice of the language, pupils are also introduced to Russian culture, for example the poetry of Pushkin is used to improve pronunciation and selected short stories by Chekhov support adjectival agreement.
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