GROUP COURSES FOR BEGINNERS



Autumn Term Starts 9th October
Registration is now open for our Autumn term, which starts during the week of 9th October and runs until the week of 11th December. We've got standard beginners' courses available on Monday and Tuesday evenings, on Saturdays and on Wednesday mornings. We're also running a fast-track course on Saturday afternoons: 5 hours of study every Saturday for 10 weeks.

Beginners' courses are aimed at those with no experience of Russian. We start at the very beginning with the alphabet.

Bear in mind that even if you have only a small amount of Russian, you may be better off in one of our higher groups: False Beginners, for example, are those who have completed 25 hours of Russian.

If you're looking to join a Beginner course, just find a course on the timetable, click it, and follow the instructions to register and pay for the course; it's that simple!

If you can't find what you want, or aren't ready to sign up yet, but would like to sign up to our mailing list for updates and special offers, please click here.

Level Day Time Course dates Fee*
*NEW* Friday Evening Beginners Fri 18.0020.30 13 Oct 15 Dec £320 BOOK NOW
Autumn Intensive Beginners
All 18.3021.00 21 Sep 4 Oct
£350 COURSE FULL
Monday Evening Beginners Mon 18.3021.00 9 Oct 11 Dec
£365 COURSE FULL
Tuesday Evening Beginners Tue 18.3021.00 10 Oct 12 Dec
£365 COURSE FULL
Saturday Afternoon Fast-track Beginners Sat 13.3018.45 14 Oct – 16 Dec
£620 COURSE CLOSED
Saturday Afternoon Beginners Sat 13.3016.00 14 Oct – 16 Dec
£320 COURSE FULL
*NEW* Tuesday Daytime Beginners
Tue 11.0013.00
10 Oct – 12 Dec
£270 COURSE FULL
Wednesday Daytime Beginners
Wed 11.0013.00
11 Oct – 13 Dec
£270 COURSE FULL
 
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Testimonials
I quickly found out that the RLC is unique from institutions I had studied at previously in that my teacher individualizes the course structure to the student's needs.
One thing I really like about learning at RLC is that the whole experience is about Russian language and culture.
The course book produced by the RLC makes learning Russian really interesting, and gives a student plenty of opportunity to practice reading, writing and speaking skills.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
Our diverse and stimulating daytime group receives high quality, engaging tuition which matches our interests and needs.
I'm just finishing my first term and feel really inspired and enthusiastic about continuing.
Our tutor Dmitri Antonov has been an excellent guide to the complexities of the language.
The RLC appealed to me due to its central location and wide range of day and evening classes.
The quality of teaching and course material at the Centre is exceptional.
The use of different teachers also offers different accents, voices and opinions so that one's ears become more attuned to the patterns and rhythms essential to understanding what to me at least is a new language.
I've stuck at it, and my class goers have become friends as well as fellow students. We struggle through our grammar together!
Familiarity leads to greater confidence, which has also been bolstered by our excellent and extraordinarily patient teacher!
The class was young professional people and it was fun but learning was serious and the teacher maintained a strong pace.
After careful research on the internet, RLC seemed the most impressive of the options available. And what a good choice it was.
RLC at Pushkin House means there is a cultural aspect to your learning as it is in the Russian cultural centre of London so I could attend political talks or music recitals and meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
I do definitely recommend RLC. Classes are intense and demanding, but also a good fun, something really important when taking evening lessons after work.
What made me actually enrol was the relaxed, friendly, yet efficient meeting with the course director to establish my level of knowledge.
So when I learned that all the teachers at the Russian Language Centre were Russian I felt confident that I would be in good hands not only learning to speak Russian but also understanding it.
The people in my group are friendly and supportive of each other which is also important as it creates an atmosphere of shared learning.
I joined a group and, unlike large language schools, the groups are small and everyone has plenty of time to practice the language with the teacher's input.
If you are interested in learning Russian, whether as a beginner or someone who might have studied a little before, the RLC is the place to do it.
I chose the RLC after looking at several schools because I liked the flexibility of the courses, and the possibility of having one-to-one tuition, which is the option I took.
The centre has its own set of course books that I've found very effective in helping me to learn.
My teacher also has a very engaging and supportive style and is very passionate and enthusiastic about the Russian language and its culture.
One of the things I most enjoy about the course is that we can now tailor the lessons to meet our various interests.
I would recommend the RLC both for its focus on rigorous learning of the grammar (which is essential to make any real progress in Russian) and then at a later stage for its flexibility in allowing students to pursue their own interests.
I have found the atmosphere at the RLC to be very open and supportive.
From the beginning, the teachers have been motivational and invested in their students' success, giving them confidence to improve. What began as a spontaneous decision to try something new slowly became a serious hobby and then a passion.
I would recommend RLC to anyone wanting to begin learning or improve their Russian language skills.  It's an inclusive and friendly environment.
The course is very practically based and combines grammar and themes which build on the grammar with further vocabulary; for example, travel and directions, conversation about families, the weather, shopping, ordering in a restaurant and much more!
Having completed four terms, I am now having a break from studying, but may return after another few weeks travelling in Russia, for which I am even better equipped than before.
I was pleased to pass my first exams last summer as did the other two of my classmates who took the exam.  I would strongly recommend the school to other potential students.
After less than a year I was able to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine with a friend and manage my way around without having to resort to English - and more recently, I was able to give half my wedding speech in Russian which went down very well with the in-laws!
After two years people have come and gone from the group but the core few along with our tutor have all become good friends, usually finishing each term with a visit to a Russian restaurant to toast our progress!
I am soon to visit Russia for the first time to take extra lessons and try out my linguistic abilities on the locals! This would not have been possible had it not been for the progress I am making at the RLC.