COURSES FOR NON-BEGINNERS



REGISTRATION FOR OUR JANUARY TERM IS NOW OPEN!

Booking for our January term is now open. Term starts during the week of 21 January 2019 and runs until the week of 25 March 2019.

If you know some Russian already, whether you’ve studied it formally or have just picked some up, you will need to be assessed before joining one of our group courses. Assessments involve a short, informal face-to-face session with one of our teachers.

To book your assessment click register below, complete the non-beginners’ booking form, and we’ll contact you to agree a time for your assessment.

After your assessment we’ll suggest which of our many groups is at the right level for you. You can see the groups we have planned for next term in the timetable below. Evening Groups are shown first in yellow, then Saturday and Sunday Groups in pink, and Daytime Groups in blue. Groups are listed by level, lowest to highest. Hover over the group name for more information on the level.


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False Beginners

RLC Term 2
Hours studied: 25 – 50

You will have studied some Russian previously – e.g. a term or two of evening classes in another institution, a year at school – but may have forgotten much of what you learnt. You will know the alphabet and some simple phrases, and should have a basic overall understanding of how Russian works (i.e. you should be familiar with the concept of the case system). You should know some basic grammar – perhaps present and past tense of verbs, prepositional case of nouns, gender of nouns.

Elementary 1 - 3

RLC Terms 3 – 5
Hours studied: 50 – 125

You will have completed 50 to 100 hours of Russian. You should be able to cope with most day-to-day tasks – e.g. introductions, buying things, directions, making appointments – using simple Russian, and should be able to overcome communication problems (i.e. able to ask people to say things in a different way, speak more slowly, etc.). You should be able to conduct very simple social conversations about yourself. At the end of this level you should be able to hold simple conversations on common topics other than about yourself (e.g. weather, likes and dislikes). You should be familiar with all noun cases in the singular; past, present and future tenses; you will have some idea of verb aspects and basic verbs of motion.

Against recognized frameworks, this level is equivalent to -

TRKI Level: Elementary
CEFR: A1 Basic User
Sometimes known as: 'Breakthrough/Beginner'

Pre-Intermediate 1 - 4

RLC Terms 6 – 9
Hours studied: 150 – 225

You will have completed about 150 to 200 hours of Russian. You should be able to converse freely on everyday topics with a sympathetic native speaker. You will still find it difficult to follow Russian spoken at native-speaker speed. You will know all the cases of nouns, pronouns and adjectives in the singular and plural, though you may not always use them correctly in speech. You will be able to use both verb aspects, and should be familiar with basic verbs of motion.

Against recognized frameworks, this level is equivalent to –

TRKI Level: Basic
CEFR: A2 Basic User
Sometimes known as: 'Waystage/Elementary'

Intermediate 1 - 5

RLC Terms 10 - 14
Hours studied: 250 – 350

You will have completed more than 250 hours of tuition. You should be able to cope in all day-to-day situations, and should be able to understand the gist of unadapted texts (e.g. newspaper articles). You may find it difficult to follow Russian on the radio or news. You will have a sound knowledge of all the basic grammar of Russian, although you may not always use the forms correctly in speech. You may also require additional work on more advanced areas (e.g. verbs of motion).

This level has no clear equivalent against other frameworks.
TRKI Level: between Basic and TRKI-1 (First Certificate)

Upper Intermediate

RLC Terms 14 - onwards
Hours studied: 350 – 600

You will have reached at least 'A' Level and may well have studied Russian as a minor at university level. You may also have spent time in Russia studying the language. You will be able to discuss all non-specialist topics with native speakers, and should be able to discuss some familiar specialist subjects (e.g. discussing your job).

Against recognized frameworks, this level is equivalent to –

TRKI Level: TRKI 1 or '1st Certificate'
CEFR: B1 Independent User
Sometimes known as: 'Threshold/Intermediate'

Advanced

Hours studied: 700+

You should understand Russian spoken at native-speaker speed as long as the topic is familiar. You should also be able to follow the main points of TV news, or watch and enjoy a Russian film. You will have read some literary texts, although may require frequent use of a dictionary.

Against recognized frameworks, this level is equivalent to –

TRKI Level: TRKI 2 or '2nd Certificate'
CEFR: B2 Independent User

Graduate Advanced

You will have completed a degree in Russian as a major subject, and will probably have lived or worked in Russia for an extended period. Although you may require some refreshing in complex areas of grammar, you will mostly be interested in advanced conversation and reading skills. You should be able to read a newspaper article or a literary text with only occasional dictionary use.

Against recognized frameworks, this level is equivalent to –

TRKI Level: TRKI 3 or '3rd Certificate'
CEFR: C1/C2 Proficient User

False Beginners TRKI Preparation Course

This course is specifically designed to prepare students for the TRKI Elementary Level Test in Decte 2015. Please visit our TRKI pages for more details. To join the course you must have studied some Russian previously – e.g. a term or two of evening classes in another institution, a year at school – but may have forgotten much of what you learnt. You will know the alphabet and some simple phrases, and should have a basic overall understanding of how Russian works (i.e. you should be familiar with the concept of the case system). You should know some basic grammar – perhaps present and past tense of verbs, prepositional case of nouns, gender of nouns.

Against recognized frameworks, this level is equivalent to –

TRKI Level: working towards TRKI 'Elementary'
CEFR: A1 Breakthrough
Level Day Time Course dates Fee*
Mon Evening False Beginners Mon
18.30–21.00 21 Jan – 25 Mar £370
Wed Evening False Beginners Wed 18.30–21.00 23 Jan – 27 Mar £370
Fri Evening False Beginners Fri 17.30–20.00 25 Jan – 29 Mar £370
Thu Evening Elementary 1
Thu 18.30–21.00 24 Jan – 28 Mar £370
Tue Evening Elementary 2 Tue 18.30–21.00 22 Jan – 26 Mar
£370
Mon Evening Elementary 3
Mon
18.30–21.00 21 Jan – 25 Mar
£370
Thu Evening Elementary 3
Thu 18.30–21.00
24 Jan – 28 Mar
£370
Fri Evening Elementary 3
Fri
17.30–20.00 25 Jan – 29 Mar
£370
Mon Evening Pre-intermediate 1
Mon
18.30–21.00
21 Jan – 25 Mar
£370
Tue Evening Pre-intermediate 1
Tue 18.30–21.00 22 Jan – 26 Mar
£370
Mon Evening Pre-intermediate 2
Mon 18.30–21.00 21 Jan – 25 Mar
£370
Thu Evening Pre-intermediate 2
Thu 18.30–21.00 24 Jan – 28 Mar
£370
Thu Evening Pre-intermediate 3
Thu 18.30–21.00 24 Jan – 28 Mar
£370
Tue Evening Pre-intermediate 4
Tue 18.30–21.00 22 Jan – 26 Mar
£370
Fri Evening Pre-intermediate 4 Fri 17.30–20.00 25 Jan – 29 Mar
£370
Wed Evening Intermediate 3
Wed 18.30–21.00
23 Jan – 27 Mar
£370
Mon Evening Intermediate 4
Mon 18.30–21.00 21 Jan – 25 Mar
£370
Mon Evening Upper Intermediate 3
Mon
18.30–21.00
21 Jan – 25 Mar
£370
Wed Evening Upper Intermediate 5
Wed 18.30–21.00 23 Jan – 27 Mar
£370
Wed Evening Upper Intermediate 6 Wed 18.30–21.00 23 Jan – 27 Mar
£370
Wed Evening Advanced 2 Wed 18.30–21.00 23 Jan – 27 Mar
£370
Tue Evening Advanced 3 Tue
18.30–21.00 22 Jan – 26 Mar
£370
Tue Evening Graduate Advanced
Tue 18.30–21.00 22 Jan – 26 Mar
£370
Sat Afternoon False Beginners
Sat
13.30–16.00
26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Late Afternoon False Beginners
Sat
16.15–18.45
26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Afternoon Elementary 1
Sat 13.30–16.00
26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Late Afternoon Elementary 3
Sat 16.15–18.45 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Morning Pre-intermediate 1
Sat
10.30–13.00
26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Afternoon Pre-intermediate 2
Sat 13.30–16.00 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Afternoon Intermediate 1
Sat 13.30–16.00 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Morning Intermediate 5
Sat 10.30–13.00 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Late Afternoon Intermediate 5
Sat
16.15–18.45
26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Morning Upper Intermediate 1
Sat 10.30–13.00 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Morning Advanced 1
Sat 10.30–13.00 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sat Morning Advanced 2
Sat 10.30–13.00 26 Jan – 30 Mar
£330
Sun All-day Elementary 1
Sun 10.00–16.00
27 Jan – 31 Mar
£625
Tue Daytime False Beginners
Tue
13.30–15.30
22 Jan – 26 Mar
£275
Mon Daytime Elementary 1
Mon 13.30–15.30
21 Jan – 25 Mar
£275
Tue Daytime Pre-intermediate 1
Tue 11.00–13.00 22 Jan – 26 Mar
£275
Wed Daytime Pre-intermediate 1
Wed 11.00–13.00 23 Jan – 27 Mar
£275
Wed Daytime Pre-intermediate 2
Wed
11.00–13.00
23 Jan – 27 Mar
£275
Mon Daytime Pre-intermediate 3
Mon 11.00–13.00
21 Jan – 25 Mar
£275
Mon Daytime Pre-intermediate 4
Mon 11.0013.00
21 Jan – 25 Mar
£275
Mon Daytime Intermediate 1
Mon 13.30–15.30
21 Jan – 25 Mar
£275
Fri Daytime Intermediate 3
Fri 11.00–13.00 25 Jan – 29 Mar
£275
Tue Daytime Intermediate 5
Tue 11.00–13.00
22 Jan – 26 Mar
£275
Tue Daytime Upper Intermediate 1
Tue 11.0013.00
22 Jan – 26 Mar
£275
Thu Daytime Upper Intermediate 2
Thu 13.3015.30
24 Jan – 28 Mar
£275
Fri Daytime Advanced 3 Fri 14.00–16.00 25 Jan – 29 Mar
£275

* Course fees include VAT for privately-funded students; if your course is funded by your employers, they will need to add VAT to the above rates

 
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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.