Teaching method at Liden & Denz
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.
Applying our communicative approach means that we want our students to be able to use their language skills outside the classroom from the very beginning. That is why we regularly take them to the streets, markets, railway stations, and make our students practice what they have just learned. In taking students out of the protected and sterile environment of the classroom, we expose them to different speech patterns, dialects and age groups in various places with substantial levels of noise, likely to distract them. By overcoming these distractions and getting their message across, our students gain confidence of speaking in non-familiar situations. Outdoor teaching also helps our students to discover the city under a different angle.
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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Our teaching material
For A1 and A2 levels we are using our own coursebooks called I love Russian, developed and tested in our campuses. These books are handed out free of charge to all students booking a Russian language course at Liden & Denz St.Petersburg, Moscow or Irkutsk with minimum 20 weekly lessons.
More information about the books, sample chapters and order form you find on our dedicated I love Russian page.
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 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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