AS Level Course Outline
Why choose Edexcel AS Level Russian?
Languages should appeal to all students, and the new Edexcel AS Level in Russian has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Russian-speaking world. Edexcel has designed a motivating course of study that will enable students to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Russian language, the culture of Russia and other neighbouring countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. This specification will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile.
Inspiring and engaging themes: The qualification features familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.
Popular literary texts and films: A rich choice of literary texts and films that includes contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Russia and the wider Russian-speaking world.
Rewards creativity: The assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively. Clear mark schemes encourage students to develop ideas and use language to persuade and analyse and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.
Clear and coherent structure: The qualification has a straightforward structure with two engaging themes - Changes in Russian Society and Political and Artistic Culture in Russian-Speaking Communities. The two themes are studied alongside either one literary text or one film and assessed through two externally-examined papers and one teacher-examiner conducted speaking assessment (oral).
Manageable content: Content is manageable and appropriate, so that students can be confident that they have enough time to cover what they need to at the appropriate depth.
Continuous progression: The exam content builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4 and AS Level and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.
AS Internal Assessment
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (Paper code: 8RU0/01)
This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across both themes. Students are not permitted access to a dictionary during the examination.
Section A: Listening (24 marks)
Section B: Reading (28 marks)
Section C: Translation into English (12 marks)
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (Paper code: 8RU0/02)
This paper includes a translation exercise and an extended response on either one literary text or one film
Text/Film Used in 2019
"A week like any other" by N. Baranskaya
Section A: Translation (20 marks)
Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (40 marks)
Section C: Written response to works (films) (40 marks)
Paper 3: Speaking (Paper code: 8RU0/03)
Task 1 (responding to written language and discussion based on Theme 1)
Task 2 (discussion on Theme 2)
"Nedelia Kak Nedelia" by Natalia Baranskaya (novel)
"Pickovaya Dama" by A.S.Pushkin (novel)
“Cherry Orchard (Vishneviy Sad)” by Anton Chekhov (play)
“Wings (Krylia)” by Larissa Shepitko (film)
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