Standard Group Course
Communicative teaching in small groups (maximum 12 students per group) makes this course a pleasurable and productive experience. Our Standard Group Course gives participants the chance to learn communicative skills in “real life” situations. This course of 20 weekly lessons is offered year round and follows a modular pattern of two-week units.
For participants staying four weeks or longer, following modules build upon the grammar basics of the first module, treating the same topics from a different angle with more in-depth explanations, more complex vocabulary, different exercises and more dialogues.
Standard Group Courses are available for the first six levels year-round. Beginners may start on specific dates only and are advised to be familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet. Each course starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday, with lessons taking place usually between 10:00 and 14:00. The minimum course length is two weeks. The maximum course length is open.
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Intensive Group Course
Our intensive group course runs over twenty-five lessons per week in groups with a maximum of twelve participants. You will have twenty morning lessons with students who have booked the standard group course. The remaining five lessons are taught in mini-groups of up to 6 students on two afternoons, offered at a minimum of three different levels.
The exact schedule of this block will be announced upon arrival to the school.
A1 – Beginner: survival Russian tutorials, outdoor classes (shopping, eating out, getting streetwise, ordering theatre and cinema tickets) and telephone training (booking a restaurant table, making flight enquiries, etc.).
A1+/A2 – Elementary: lectures on the Russian mentality and traditions. Other topics cover a wide range of general interest subjects ranging from Russian cuisine to history.
B1 – Intermediate, B2 – Upper Intermediate: the focus is on business and the economy. Other topics include politics, Russian mass media, cultural and historical subjects.
Combined course (20 group + 5 one-to-one lessons weekly)
This option combines our Standard group course with additional, more focussed study in a variety of business or cultural fields. Group lessons help to improve general communication skills and overall level, while the content of the one-to-one block will be built according to your specific needs. You can add even more One-to-One lessons weekly tailored to your particular profession or area of interest.
Special packages are available for Airline staff, Hospitality industry employees and Alpine ski instructors. Please contact our booking department for further details.
Additional mini-group modules
These modules can be booked only in addition to any Group or One-to-One course and consist of 5 lessons held in the afternoons usually on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays with 2 lessons on one day and 3 lessons on the second - starting from 14.30 The maximum number of students in a class is 5.
Language Plus modules (Available only in St.Petersburg and Moscow, not available in Riga)
Minimum level to enrol - A2
This module gives useful language for everyday business situations: telephone calls, making appointments, running a meeting, dealing with clients. On higher levels it develops practical language skills within real business scenarios: presentations, negotiations, meetings and discussions. This module is ideal for professionals who need to expand their business vocabulary, especially in marketing and sales, and to improve their ability to build and establish successful relationships with Russian business partners.
Minimum level to enrol - A2
Students who choose this module will have the opportunity to learn more about Russians through songs and music. Lessons include listening to famous Russian songs of the XX century, starting from folk songs and ballads up to rock and pop music. There also will be lectures on the history of typical Russian music genres, all with the aim to expand the vocabulary of our students with both poetic lexica and modern slang.
Minimum level to enrol - B2
This module is devoted to classical and modern Russian literature. Reading and discussing Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pelevin and many other renowned and popular writers will hopefully bring our students closer to the mysterious Russian soul or at least offer them a better insight into the Russian literary world.
Telc Exam Preparation Module
Our special telc Exam Preparation Module gives students a clear understanding of what to expect in the telc exam and is essential preparation to help them attain a pass. This module is compulsory for all candidates taking the exam. Training will take place in the week of the exam (Exams take place once per month on selected Fridays)
Individual Russian classes
Our Individual Courses are designed for students who require a very focussed area of study. Teacher and student jointly determine the exact content of any individual course. The student is invited to specify his/her field of interests by completing the relevant parts of our online booking form, which allows us to pre-select material, establish a study-plan and prepare a specific vocabulary.
Individual classes prior to an assignment to Russia are a very effective way to prepare for an upcoming relocation. These classes are demanding and require full concentration over a prolonged period of time.
Individual courses are available in varying degrees of intensity: 15, 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week. For 30 lessons or more the student is taught by two teachers.
Individual courses can be booked throughout the year. The minimum course length is one week with each course starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday, though weekend classes can be organised on request.
Individual courses can be held either at school premises or at student’s accommodation (on request)
Tailor-made programmes for school, college or university groups
All our centres offer tailor made programmes for school, college or university groups, eager to come to us for an immersion programme. Closed Groups arrive and leave at the same time and follow the same curriculum. There can be several levels within a group though. The course rates are very student friendly but depend to a large extent on the season, the number of participants, levels and group leaders coming on the trip.
Our services also include visa support, transfers, accommodation of all categories and price ranges, and a tailor-made cultural and social programme. Special interest lectures can be given in a language other than Russian, as can guided excursions. Rates are available on request
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