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A LevelRussianSpecificationPearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian (9RU0)First teaching from September 2017First certification from 2019Issue 2

Summary of Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE inRussian specificationIssue 2 changesSummary of changes made between previous issue and this current issueAmendment to the administration of the speaking component (Paper 3):Page number39The specification has been changed to inform the teacher/examiner that they maynow gain access to the assessment materials three working days before theprescribed five week assessment period (rather than three working days before thefirst scheduled student assessment). The wording to bullet point two on page 39 hasbeen changed to the following, (amended wording written in bold):‘The teacher/examiner may open the pack three working days before theprescribed five week assessment period, in order to be familiar with thematerial and to prepare questions in advance. The assessment materials in thispack must not be removed from the centre premises’.If you need further information on these changes or what they mean, contact us via our website s.html.

Contents1Introduction2Why choose the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian?2Supporting you in planning and implementing this qualification3Qualification at a glance427Subject content and assessment informationThemes and sub-themes8Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation10Paper 2: Written response to works and translation12Paper 3: Speaking19Assessment Objectives41342Administration and general informationEntries42Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments, special consideration andmalpractice42Student recruitment and progression45Appendix 1: Independent research project form (RP3)49Appendix 2: Prescribed literary texts and films51Appendix 3: Grammar list52Appendix 4: The context for the development of this qualification55Appendix 5: Transferable skills57Appendix 6: Level 3 Extended Project qualification58Appendix 7: Codes60

1 IntroductionWhy choose the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE inRussian?We believe languages should appeal to all students. Our new Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCEin Russian has been developed to inspire all students to have an appreciation of thelanguage, literature, film and culture of the Russian-speaking world.We’ve listened to feedback from the languages community – subject associations, academicsand advisors, together with teachers and students – and have designed a motivating courseof study that will enable your students to develop advanced level knowledge andunderstanding of the Russian language, the culture of Russia and other Russian-speakingcountries and communities, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable studyskills. This specification will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance theiremployability profile.Inspiring and engaging themes – our qualification features familiar and popular themes,as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental andinteresting aspects of the culture of Russian-speaking countries and communities.Popular literary texts and films – we offer a choice of literary texts and films that includescontemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Russia.Rewards creativity – our assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, aswell as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independentlyand creatively. Clear mark schemes encourage students to develop ideas, use language topersuade and analyse, and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.Clear and coherent structure – our qualification has a straightforward structure with fourengaging themes: Развитие российского общества; Политическая и художественнаякультура в русскоязычном мире; Москва или Санкт-Петербург - Изменения в жизнибольшого российского города; Последние годы СССР – М.С. Горбачёв (1985-1991).The four themes are studied alongside two works (either two literary texts or one literarytext and one film) assessed through two externally-examined papers (Papers 1 and 2) andone teacher-examiner conducted speaking assessment (Paper 3).Manageable content – we have worked closely with teachers and students to ensure thatour content is manageable and appropriate so that you and your students can be confidentthat you have enough time to cover what you need to at the appropriate depth.Continuous progression – our content builds on the understanding developed atKey Stage 4 and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferableskills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the nextlevel of study.AS and A Level qualifications that are co-teachable – co-teaching AS and A Levelprovides flexibility for you and your students. Centres co-teaching AS and A Level can deliverTheme 1 and Theme 2 and one literary text or film in the first year, allowing students to beentered for the AS Level at the end of the year.2Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian – Specification– Issue 2 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 2018

Supporting you in planning and implementing thisqualificationPlanning Our Getting Started Guide, available on our website, gives you an overview of the newA Level qualification to help you get to grips with the changes to content and assessmentand to help you understand what these changes mean for you and your students. We will give you an editable course planner and a scheme of work that you can adaptto suit your department. Our mapping documents highlight key differences between the new and2008 qualification.Teaching and learningThere will be lots of free teaching and learning support to help you deliver the newqualification, including: support with teaching literature and film support for the independent research project support for spontaneous speaking.Preparing for examsWe will also provide specimen papers to support formative assessments and mock exams tohelp you prepare your students for the assessments.ResultsPlusResultsPlus provides the most detailed analysis available of your students’ examperformance. It can help you identify the topics and skills where further learning wouldbenefit your students.Get help and supportOur subject advisor service, led by Alistair Drewery, and our online community will ensurethat you receive help and guidance from us, and that you can share ideas and informationwith other teachers. You can sign up to receive enewsletters to keep up to date withqualification updates and product and service news.Learn more at qualifications.pearson.comPearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian – Specification –Issue 2 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 20183

Qualification at a glanceContent and assessment overviewThe Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian consists of two externally-examinedpapers assessing listening, reading and writing and a non-examined speaking assessment. Thespeaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher-examiner. All assessmentsare marked by Pearson.Students must complete their speaking assessment during a timetabled assessment window inApril/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.It is usual for teachers to conduct the speaking assessment with their students in April/May.Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (*Paper code: 9RU0/01)Written examination: 2 hours40% of the qualification80 marksContent overviewThis paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes listed on pages 8–9.Themes are based on the society and culture of the language being studied.Assessment overviewStudents are not permitted access to a dictionary during the examination.The examination is made up of:Section A: Listening (30 marks)A listening assessment based on a recording that features male and female Russianspeakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contextsand sources.The listening audio files for the sample assessment materials are available on the PearsonEdexcel website.Section B: Reading (30 marks)A reading assessment based on a variety of text types and genres where students mustrespond to comprehension questions.Section C: Translation into English (20 marks)An unseen passage to be translated from Russian to English.4Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian – Specification– Issue 2 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 2018

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (*Paper code: 9RU0/02)Written examination: 2 hours and 40 minutes30% of the qualification120 marksContent overviewThis paper draws on the study of two discrete Russian works: either two literary texts or oneliterary text and one film. The works must be taken from the list provided in Appendix 2:Prescribed literary texts and films. The literary texts listed include a range of novels, playsand a series of short stories. All of the films are feature length.Assessment overviewThis paper includes a translation exercise and two essays on either two literary texts or oneliterary text and one film (students must not answer questions on two films).Students are not permitted access to a dictionary or any documentation relating to the worksduring the examination.Section A: Translation (20 marks)Students translate an unseen passage from English into Russian.Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (50 marks)Students must write an extended response on either one or two of the literary texts listed inAppendix 2: Prescribed literary texts and films.Students select one question from a choice of two for each of their chosen literary text(s).If a student answers questions on two literary texts then they do not complete Section C.Section C: Written response to works (films) (50 marks)Students who answer only one question from a literary text in Section B must write anextended response on one of the films listed in Appendix 2: Prescribed literary texts andfilms.Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film.Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian – Specification –Issue 2 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 20185

Paper 3: Speaking (*Paper code: 9RU0/03)Internally conducted and externally assessedTotal assessment time: between 21 and 23 minutes, which includes a single periodof 5 minutes’ formal preparation time30% of the qualification72 marksContent overviewTask 1 draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes (listed on pages 8–9).Task 2 is based on independent research selected and carried out by the student. The researchmay be based on one of the themes or on the student’s own subject of interest related toRussian-speaking society and culture.Students will be assessed on their ability to use a range of language accurately, communicateand interact effectively, summarise and analyse findings from written sources relating to theirresearch subject, and show knowledge and understanding about Russian-speaking culture andsociety.Assessment overviewStudents complete two tasks. Task 1 is worth 30 marks and Task 2 is worth 42 marks.Task 1 (discussion on a theme)Students discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing twodifferent statements.Task 2, Part 1 (independent research presentation)Students present a summary of at least two of the written sources they have used for theirresearch and give a personal response to what they have read.Task 2, Part 2 (discussion on independent research)Students answer questions on their presentation and then have a wider discussion on theirresearch.*See Appendix 7: Codes for a description of this code and all other codes relevant to thisqualification.6Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian – Specification– Issue 2 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 2018

2 Subject content and assessment informationQualification aims and objectivesThe aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to: enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking onthe basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society ofRussia and the Russian-speaking world develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills,including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes asincreasingly confident, accurate and independent users of Russian develop their ability to interact effectively with users of Russian in speech and in writing,including through online media develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies tosustain communication and build fluency and confidence engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in theoriginal language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of Russianand understanding them within their cultural and social context develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, ofthe country or countries where Russian is spoken mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English foster their ability to learn other languages equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity,critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them toproceed to further study or employment develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language of study develop as independent researchers through the language of study.Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Russian – Specification –Issue 2 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 20187

Themes and sub-themesPapers 1 and 3 will be based on content from the following four themes.The four themes address a range of soc

language, literature, film and culture of the Russian -speaking world. We’ve listened to feedback from the languages community – subject associations, academics and advisors, together with teachers and students – and have designed a motivating course of study that will enable your students to develop advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Russian language, the culture of .

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