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.
For A1, A2 and B1 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.
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 the TRKI (TORFL) Russian language exam. TRKI exams can be taken online or at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg campus. The exam is closely aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The TRKI (TORFL) exam is available for A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 language levels.