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Subject Choice

Leaving Certificate

Russian

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

Studying Russian - Russian
Studying Russian - Russian
Conor O'Clery - Russian
Conor O'Clery - Russian

Russian as a Leaving Cert subject aims to bring students closer to fluency in the Russian language, as well as developing a good knowledge of literature, culture, geography, and national history to provide a context for communication.

What kind of Student would Russian Suit?

  • Students who can already speak Russian and want easy points
  • Anyone with an interest in Russian culture, history, and language.
  • Students interested in travelling the world.
  • Students who are considering working in Russia or international relations in the future.

Recommendations/Tips

Russian is not offered by many schools as a core Leaving Cert subject choice, but that does not preclude any one from taking it at examination.

Some schools require all their Leaving Certificate students to take a language. If students have the option to choose whether or not to take a language, they should consider it seriously as it may determine the choices available to them when it comes to applying for college.

A third language is a requirement of a number of departments in colleges and universities. Always check the entry requirements for individual colleges and courses.

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 458 students who sat the Higher Level Russian exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 12 students who sat the Ordinary Level Russian exam in 2019.

 

Explore Marks Distribution for all Subjects:

Course Overview

Leaving Certificate Russian follows a common syllabus framework for the teaching and examining of modern languages in the Leaving Certificate. The syllabus aims to:

  • develop learners’ communicative skills in Russian,
  • develop their strategies for effective language learning and
  • raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity.

Assessment is by means of a written examination, and an aural and oral examination at two levels - ordinary level and higher level.

Course Content

The following general aims are proposed by this syllabus for the preparation of students for the Leaving Certificate in Russian.

1. To foster in learners such communicative skills in the target language as will enable them to:

  • take a full part in classroom activities conducted in the target language;
  • participate in normal, everyday transactions and interactions, both spoken and written, both at home and abroad;
  • extract information and derive enjoyment from the mass media and the more accessible literature of the target language community;
  • consider as a realistic option the possibility of pursuing leisure activities, further study and/or career opportunities through the medium of the target language.

2. To give students a critical awareness of how meaning is organised and conveyed by the structures and vocabulary of the target language, and thus to contribute to their understanding of the workings of human language in general.

3. To help learners develop strategies for effective language learning.

4. To equip learners with a broad acquaintance with the cultural, social and political complexion of contexts in which the target language is a normal medium of communication and thus to help raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity generally.

Exam Structure

Assessment is by means of a written examination, and an aural and oral examination at two levels, ordinary level and higher level.

Mark Allocation for Leaving Certificate Russian:

Section    Higher Level Ordinary Level
Speaking 25%   20%
Listening Comprehension 20% 25% 
Reading Comprehension 30% 40% 
Writing 25%  15%

The examination will assess a candidate's ability to:

  • understand the spoken language
  • understand the written language
  • communicate in the spoken language
  • communicate in the written language. 

Career Possibilities

Related career opportunities are broad and include the IT industry, teaching, business, translation, the hospitality industry, sales, marketing, tourism and politics.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Humanities

These subjects explore the ways in which humans live and communicate in the world. Human life is examined by looking at our past, our present and into our future. These subjects help people to express themselves clearly and develop their reasoning ability.

Required for 3rd Level?

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

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