Teaching method at Liden & Denz

Communicative approach

All our courses are based on communicative approaches and combine learning common expressions used in everyday situations with thorough and systematic grammatical approach. This is of vital importance for learning a language like Russian, which has an inflectional system and a non-fixed word order – a language in which word endings or word’s place create the meaning.   Conversational topics are given with appropriate grammar structures, while the grammar part of the course proceeds gradually from simple “basic concepts” to more complex issues in a psychologically proven order (e.g. naming objects – describing locations – actions with objects – moving to and from, etc.).

One of our most important principles consists in giving our students the linguistic means to express themselves in everyday situations by constant training of communicative skills and models, which allows learners to reach their own communicative objectives.

Our teachers

All our teachers are native speakers and hold a university degree either in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RKI) or Linguistics. We encourage our teachers to learn new languages, because we believe that having this experience as students is a valuable source for further improvement of their professional skills. Our teachers apply a variety of techniques ranging from introduction to the Russian language history, from etymology and comparative linguistics to role-play, live discussions and creative work (drawing, story telling) in the class. Teacher training sessions take place on a regular basis. In a team work they share their experience, discuss the problems they recently solved, new methods and techniques they implemented and evaluate new teaching materials.

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Я люблю русский язык

Liden & Denz academic faculty have created our own textbooks used by schools in St.Petersburg, Moscow, Riga, and Irkutsk.

The textbook for Beginners, Я люблю русский язык А1, has been in operation since 2014 and has gained recognition from our international students as well as from our colleagues worldwide. Second volume, revised and improved, was published early summer 2017. It has a phonetics introductory course and 14 lessons covering all language aspects for up to 120 contact hours; 120 minutes of audio files, progress tests and grammar reference section. It covers CEFR A0, A1, and A1+ levels.

Я люблю русский язык A2 for Elementary to Pre-Intermediate students is brand new and long-awaited product created by our academic team to cater to the communicative method used by the school. It has 15 lessons targeting all language competences for up to 180 contact hours, 200 minutes of audio files, progress tests and grammar reference section. It covers CEFR A2 and A2+ levels.

Both books are based on a can-do approach to language teaching in full accordance with CEFR standard and requirements.

Download a sample chapter

Levels

In our group courses we teach beginner to intermediate levels year-round adding upper-intermediate and advanced classes during busy summer period. For reasons of compatibility, we have adapted the framework of the European Language Portfolio. Clicking on each circle reveals Liden & Denz sub-levels with averaged lesson numbers and recommended exam(s) for that level. Students enrolling for a one-to-one course will need less time to pass from one level to the next.

  • A1 Elementary

    A1 Elementary

    Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

  • A2 Pre-intermediate

    A2 Pre-intermediate

    Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

  • B1 intermediate

    B1 intermediate

    Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  • B2 Upper-intermediate

    B2 Upper-intermediate

    Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  • C1 Advanced

    C1  Advanced

    Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

  • C2 Proficiency

    C2 Proficiency

    Has no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, delivered at fast native speed. Can appreciate films, plays, TV and the radio almost as fully as a native speaker, including humour, nuance, and implied meaning. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

Certificates

All students receive a graded certificate (in Russian) at the end of their stay, indicating course type, course dates, numbers of lessons and level achieved. We take great importance that students attend classes punctually. We may refuse to issue a course certificate to students who persistently arrive late. Our teachers expect students to arrive for tuition rested and alert.

For students wishing to take an internationally recognised exam during their stay, we recommend to sign up for a telc Russian language test. telc tests can be taken at any Liden & Denz campus. The exam is closely aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The telc Russian language test is available for A1, A2, B1 and B2 language levels. Our teachers are also qualified to prepare for TRKI state exams, to be taken at the university.

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