Case Studies: Examples of courses

Amy; Summertime catch-up course
Amy came to us in the summer of 2012 looking for an intensive course during her summer break from university, to prepare for retake exams for her Russian course at university. We set up a 5-week course of 20hrs per week, with lessons every day from Monday to Friday here at our premises, Pushkin House. This was coordinated between 3 different teachers and a carefully constructed timetable, with a daily progress report completed by each teacher to keep track of her learning. The work Amy was set focused on all aspects, but especially on the gaps in her linguistic knowledge. Amy also provided us with materials and practise papers from her university, which were used alongside our own materials to help prepare her for her retakes. She was also provided with homework on a daily basis to consolidate her learning. This worked for Amy, who passed her retake not long after completing the course!

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Rob; Advanced graduate level course
Rob came to us as Russian graduate from Cambridge University. After a break in using his Russian, he was looking for an intensive course over just a couple of weeks to refresh all his language skills, and also focus on business Russian, which he needed for an upcoming job. As an advanced student, we knew the best thing for Rob would be variation in materials and plenty of speaking practise. Rob did a 30hr course in just under 3 weeks, for which we provided him with 3 different teachers – all with their own styles and a variety of materials. This gave him the chance to practise his language with different people and gain a "live” experience of Russian, as well as guidance on how to use his Russian in a business context from different people.

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Sarah; Long-term intensive course
Sarah arrived at our door back in 2010, starting with us as a beginner. She had approximately 40hrs of tuition with us during that year, and after a break, returned in the summer of 2012 to continue learning Russian with RLC on a more intensive level. Sarah embarked upon a regular course of tuition, taking 2-3 lessons per week, between 2 teachers who coordinated her learning and ensured consistency throughout. From June, 2012 to June, 2013, Sarah completed approximately 140hrs of tuition, with which she was able to successfully take and pass the First Certificate level TRKI Exam, which she took with us, here at Pushkin House in July, 2013.

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Lydia; Business course from beginner level
Lydia’s employer approached us recently to set up a Russian course for her. Lydia herself is Bulgarian, and studied Russian briefly in primary school, but her company are training her to be the main point of contact for a major Russian client for the company. Lydia has just begun an initial 40hr course, doing 3 x 2.5hr lessons per week. To start off with, she is working through our course materials, covering all the language skill areas; reading, writing, speaking and listening. A business Russian element will be incorporated into her course gradually, as she starts to reach an appropriate level to be able to apply her language skills to a business context. After her initial intensive course, her progress will be reviewed, and a further action plan will be made as to the direction and structure of learning.

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Sophie; Immersion course
Sophie came to us in the Summer of 2012 following completion of A-Level Russian at school, to prepare for university. However, after adjusting her plans she returned to us in early 2013, committing to an intensive schedule of 4 x 2 hour lessons per week, blistering through various course materials, and reaching a level by August of that year where she was able to read works by Derzhavin, Blok, and Ahmatova. The one thing she felt she was missing however was some real-life experience with the language, both in Russia and outside the classroom. So we arranged for her to have a 2 week immersion course in Moscow for her to put all her learning to practical use.

We arranged for Sophie to have 6 hours per day of tuition, split between 4 of our Moscow-based teachers, built on a combination of formal one-to-one lessons and trips out into the city with a teacher. Her days were split into 2 sessions - mornings and afternoons, and her scheduled varied between a morning lesson, followed by a trip after lunch, or vice-versa. She visited various galleries and museums, and naturally, Moscow’s Red Square accompanied by her teacher to encourage conversation practise everywhere they went, on a wide range of topics – not only discussing exhibits and paintings, but also practical conversation skills such as how to purchase metro tickets and eat out in restaurants.

Sophie also stayed with a host family which we arranged for her, creating yet another chance for her to practise her Russian in a more relaxed and casual setting. We also worked in some free days in her schedule, so she had time to explore the city by herself, as another key part of the immersive experience is the cultural discovery, which is best done by simply getting out and about. The trip significantly boosted Sophie’s confidence and enabled her to pick up the kind of vocabulary and language structures in both her written and spoken language that you only really gain from actually being in the country of the language, not to mention she really enjoyed herself!

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Sean; Moscow-London linked course
Sean is a journalist working for a large international media company, and their HR department approached us in late 2013 to set up lesson for Sean. His job meant constant travel, and an eventual move to Moscow as his work is largely based there, but Sean’s Russian was only very basic. Sean couldn’t commit to a set schedule, so needed flexibility, and with his move to Russia on the horizon, his employer wanted to make sure he could continue learning. So Sean’s HR department booked for him 15 hours of tuition in London and 15 hours of tuition in Moscow, ready for him to take as soon as he was settled there.

In London, we were able to provide Sean with a teacher who was flexible enough to offer a schedule varying between mornings, evenings and various times during the day, to fit in with his busy schedule. He just managed to complete his 15 hours in London before the move, and within a few weeks of settling in Moscow, he was ready to get going again. As everything had already been pre-booked and Sean was used to dealing with us, setting up his lessons was as simple as him dropping us a quick email letting us know he was ready, and when it now suited him to have lessons. As soon as that was done, we gathered all information on Sean’s level and progress from his teacher in London, and sent this on to Sean’s teacher in Moscow. Our Moscow-based teachers use are course materials, and so are able to pick up exactly where our London teachers leave off with students, and that’s exactly what Sean’s teacher did. She was also briefed on his learning style and how to approach Sean, which meant she was completely ready for him, and Sean got the continuity he needed from his course.

In addition, Sean’s HR department only had to deal with one small team based in London to sort everything, rather than a conglomerate of people in different organizations, in different countries. Both Sean and his employer were very pleased with his progress and all arrangements, and have since booked another block of 15 tuition hours with RLC.

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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.