Intense course in Russian language

We recommend all our students to immerse themselves into the Russian-speaking environment from the first days of their stay in Russia which allows a more rapid learning process. The Course is based on the methods of intense language learning: the consistent complication of the language material, focusing on everyday language in use. Well structured course flow, constant revision of the previous knowledge allows the students to acquire the new vocabulary and grammar forms in a rapid and coherent way. The students are encouraged to read authentic language materials and produce their own written essays.

General Russian

The aim of this course is to teach students to speak Russian with the simultaneous learning of basic grammar forms. Working on lexical items teaches the students to read Russian with or without a dictionary. While doing the Course the students master various language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening. The program of the course is adopted according to the students’ language level.

Conversational Russian

Conversational Russian includes much of the same core language tuition of the General Russian course, but has a particular focus on the oral and aural elements of Russian. Our teachers involve students in discussions and dialogues from the very first class, to build their confidence and fluency. It is thus ideal for those who wish to quickly master the practical communication skills vital for their stay in Russia. Although the course emphasizes the spoken word, correct grammatical constructions and writing skills are also studied in the context of conversational topics, and students learn about Russian customs, traditions and etiquette.

Special Course of Russian Language

This course is targeting to develop the language skills needed for a specific reason, i.e. to help establish business contacts with Russian specialists in certain industries, politics or Mass Media, etc. The focus of the course is to teach students to read and understand texts, to acquire specific vocabulary. The course also includes getting acquainted with the traditions and customs of the everyday life of Russian people and their mentality (to be able to successfully carry out business in joint ventures). Our teaching members will guide the students through the economic, political and cultural life of modern Russia and will teach them practical communicative and behavioral skills (prominent for Russian society). This course is suitable for the Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Special Course of difficulties in Russian

The Course of Russian Language is targeted to correct and master the existing communicative, linguistic and cultural knowledge of students by exercising speaking, reading and writing skills. By the completion of the Course the students are able to freely express their ideas and opinions in Russian (both written and spoken). The course is structured for the duration of 4-8 weeks, 16-20 hours per week, each week.

Practice of Speech

The Course seeks to active usage of existing passive knowledge and the acquisition of new knowledge by expanding vocabulary and naturalizing frequently used language patterns. The ultimate goal of the course is improving oral skills and expanding knowledge in the sphere of cultural studies. It is important to note that the Course is a module that has been adapted to different levels of language competence.

Russian politics, economy, and society in the media

The main purpose of the Course is to introduce the students of Russian to current social problems in various areas of life in Russia today. As sources of information students are offered to get acquainted with popular newspapers and magazines. All of them cover political and economic aspects in life in Russian society and include interviews with politicians, scientists, and public figures, which helps students expand their horizons in terms of regional socio-political issues.

Practical Russian Grammar: difficulties and usage

The Course also focuses on everyday interaction in the linguistic-cultural context, and the course’s priority is to solve the problem of correct interpretation of grammatical structures according to the appropriate linguistic and cultural context that is used "in the street." Grammar training during short intensive courses in a native setting differs from the teaching of the same topics taught in the home country, outside of a immersion environment. Students who come to Russia aim to communicate in the language, have daily practice of their spoken skills, and make an effort to understand natural speech surrounding them. Some students initially believe that grammar is of minor importance: on the street they try to remember words (not grammatical structures) while communicating their needs and formulating pressing issues that immediately concern them. Therefore, as a primary objective we begin with the refinement of grammatical structures which can be useful for students at the initial, survival stage. Grammar should not hinder pragmatic understanding in communication between foreign students and Russians.

Practical Phonetics

The Course focuses not just on the building correct pronunciation skills, but also on the formation of sounds, as phonetic courses often lack this type of guidance. During the course students learn the most basic level – pronunciation of individual sounds, syllables, words, and syntagms. The course develops familiarity with phonetic features of Russian as part of the communication process. Special attention during the course of practical phonetics is paid to cultural interpretations of Russian intonation in its relationship with various communicative tasks.

Russian Literature

In the Course poetry is preferred to prose. It is founded on the principle "from the facts of language to the facts of culture." Although, of course, to interpret a poem students should have some background in Russian culture and history. Therefore the course also incorporates "the facts of culture to the facts of language." Understanding Russian literature without basic knowledge of Russian folklore (we have this Course as well) and key themes and motifs of folk art is virtually impossible. Poems by Russian poets include rich folk “background.” Poems also raise topical issues of the contemporary Russian social and spiritual world.

The Centre of Russian Language studies in Kazan are tailored to suit groups and individuals with various language levels and needs. Contact us and ask about your preferences:

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