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Part IB Option B

Post A-level course in the second year

The options in Russian depend on the level at which you began the course in your other language.

Examination Papers

All students take five papers in Part IB.

Last years' examination papers are available from the MML Library.

Beginner in your other language

At the end of the year you must take a minimum of three papers in your other language (two language papers and one scheduled paper). Your remaining two papers may be in any language or combination of languages.

If you choose one Slavonic paper, it may be either SLB3: Translation into Russian and Russian through Audio-Visual Media, or a paper from the list of Slavonic Scheduled papers in Part IB.

If you choose two Russian papers, only one of them may be a language paper while the other (or, indeed, both of them) should be selected from the list of Slavonic Scheduled papers in Part IB.

Post A-level in your other language

At the end of the year you will take the following papers:

  • SLB3: Translation into Russian and Russian through Audio-Visual Media
  • Language Paper B3 in your other language
  • any three papers from the MML Part IB Schedule divided between your languages, or taken all in one language.

Language Work

Students taking SLB3 will be attending two classes organized by the Department: Translation from English into Russian, and Russian through Audio-visual Media.  

Non-Standard Russian Classes

In addition to the compulsory classes, students have the option of attending an extra class run by Mrs N. Franklin.

The language that real Russians actually speak is much richer, more varied, and more subtly charged with emotional nuances than the "neutral", "correct" language that we start by learning. This course of lectures will introduce some of the common but technically non-standard ways in which Russian achieves its expressiveness and flexibility.

Among the themes covered will be: diminutives and ways of indicating degrees of affection; the unique expressive and aesthetic diversity of Russian obscenities; interjections and exclamations; street slang.

The lectures take place once a fortnight on Monday at 1 pm, through the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Please contact Mrs N. Franklin ( to register your interest.

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