Telc - Russian Language Certificate: Course and Test
Telc offers four Russian language certificates, covering all levels from A1-B2. Telc exams are closely aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), guaranteeing international comparability of language competence, which is very important for a successful career planning. Liden & Denz is the only telc examination centre for Russian in both Russia and Latvia.
The exam tests general language competence and focuses on communicative competence, rather then academic skills. The written part lasts between 70 and 150 minutes (depending on level). The oral examination will be taken in pairs or small groups creating real-life dialogs and last 15 minutes. The telc site offers some more insights on the exam.
Telc certificate preparation course (compulsory)
Getting acquainted with the structure and type of tasks of the telc test are essential prerequisites for passing the exam. This is why all candidates are required to book our special telc exam preparation module (5 lessons in mini groups of maximum 5 participants), scheduled for the week of the exam (Friday is exam day).
This module, added to any of our regular courses, guarantees the best possible preparation for the exam. Liden & Denz students can book the exam either at the time they sign up for a course using our course booking form or after they have started their course using the booking form further down this page. Booking deadline is 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Check our booking and cancellation terms here.
My motivation to take the telc certificate course:
I have just taken my telc exam at Liden & Denz, and thought that it would be a good opportunity to explain to fellow students what I got out of the classes and why it actually ended up being a far more rewarding experience than I originally expected.
There are more than 3000 telc licensed partners over Europe, with Liden & Denz being the only licensed partner in Russia. I jumped at the chance to do it because I wanted something tangible to show for my efforts during my time in St. Petersburg, and I also wanted an internationally-recognised certificate that I could send to future employers so that they could see the progress I had made during my 18 weeks at Liden & Denz.
The preparation for the exam consisted of five hours of practice classes, going through each section of the exam (Reading, Listening, Oral and Writing) to help me avoid any potential problems I might come up against. The classes themselves were far less formal than I thought they would be, so it gave me a great opportunity to ask any question I wanted and the classes were done at the speed that I wanted. I asked to spend more time on the Writing and Listening components of the exam, and Olga was very happy to focus on that and was always willing to offer me advice on how best to prepare for the exam. There were times when the classes ended up being more like a chat, and it was actually a great chance to put the work I had done in class into practice, with the added bonus of getting a certificate out of it.
I am normally a complete nightmare for my friends on the day of an exam, worrying that I am going to forget everything I have ever learnt, even my name. I have never actually felt so relaxed going into an exam in my life. I was so well prepared for every aspect that I was actually looking forward to speaking a bit more Russian, and the examiners genuinely wanted me to speak well.
So in short, I would definitely recommend consolidating all your hard work at Liden & Denz with a telc exam. To leave Russia with an actual certificate showing the progress that you have made during your time at Liden & Denz is not only satisfying but will also be very helpful when it comes to impressing future employers, such is the international recognition of telc itself. I will keep you posted on my results!
telc A1 exam description
At A1 level you can communicate in a very simple way about needs of a concrete type (e.g. introductions, food and drink, shopping, say where you live.) You can use a few very basic grammatical constructions.
The A1 test consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 70 minutes. The oral exam usually takes place straight after the written exam, without any preparation time and lasts 15 min.
telc A2 exam description
At A2 level you can communicate in a simple way in typical everyday situations. In a familiar context you can hold short conversations. You can use simple grammatical structures correctly.
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 80 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 15 minutes preparation time. The oral exam, lasting 15 min can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.
telc B1 exam description
At B1 level you can communicate in a simple and connected way in everyday situations, while travelling and when talking about topics that are of personal interest. You can describe experiences, hopes and ambitions and give reasons for opinions. On the whole you can use the most important grammatical structures correctly.
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam, lasting 15 min, can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.
telc B2 exam description
At B2 level you can express yourself clearly and explicitly and also successfully discuss and negotiate. You have a large command of the vocabulary needed for your field of specialisation and for most general topics. Your usage of grammar is sound.
The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours 20 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam, lasting 15 min, can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.
Telc test dates:
2019: 30.08.2019, 27.09.2019, 25.10.2019, 22.11.2019, 20.12.2019
2020: 31.01.2020, 28.02.2020, 27.03.2020, 24.04.2020