Group courses for non-beginners
registration for January 2024 term now open
Our winter term starts on 19th January 2024. Registration is now open.
If you know any Russian at all, then you are a ‘non-beginner’. We run between 60 and 70 groups for non-beginners each week.
To ensure we place new students at the right level, we invite all new non-beginners for a free assessment before joining one of our group courses. In order to register for a course, please follow the assessment link below and select a slot from the timetable.
Assessments involve a short, informal online session with one of our teachers. Afterwards you will be advised on which is the most appropriate group for you.
We divide our groups for non-beginners into six levels: False Beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. The timetable below lists in-person and online groups available at each level, with the expected number of terms spent at each: for example, we expect a group to spend three terms at Elementary Level.
For more detailed information about RLC levels, click here.
register and book your assessment
RLC Term 2
Total hours studied by the end of this level: +/- 50
RLC Terms 3–5
Total hours studied by the end of this level: +/- 125
CEFR equivalent: A1
RLC Terms 6–9
Total hours studied by the end of this level: +/- 225
CEFR equivalent: A2
RLC Terms 10–16
Total hours studied by the end of this level: +/- 350
CEFR equivalent: A2/B1
RLC Terms 16 - onwards
Total hours studied by the end of this level: +/- 600
CEFR equivalent: B1
Total hours studied: 700+
CEFR equivalent: B2/C1
* 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.
‡ All times are UK time.
More about courses for non-beginners
We have 4 group terms throughout the year, each lasting 10 weeks, starting in January, April, July and October. Students enrol for one term at a time, and new students can join at the beginning of any term.
Although we encourage all students to sign up at the beginning of a term, we are sometimes able to accommodate non-beginners after term has started if there is room available in a group at a suitable level.
The Covid pandemic forced us to become experts in online group tuition: in January 2020 all our groups were in person, and when our Spring 2020 term began, we had 57 online groups. Although online lessons aren’t for everybody, our experience over the last few years has convinced us that it is possible to make just as much progress online as it is in person.
We have only two ‘rules’ for online groups: we do not allow lessons to be recorded, and we expect all students, other than in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement, to have their cameras switched on.
Our online groups have a maximum of seven students, and our in-person groups have a maximum of twelve students. Small class sizes ensure that each student has the opportunity to contribute fully, and the teacher is able to give their attention to all members of the group.
All groups up to Intermediate level use RLC’s own textbooks. These have been developed by us specifically for the needs of adults learning Russian. They are the single most important way we ensure that all our students get the same high-quality service.
When you join a course you’ll also get access to a huge range of additional online materials, including audio, video and interactive online exercises, and our podcast.
At more advanced levels we make use of authentic materials and an extensive library of textbooks, many of them available only in Russia, which we have built up over many years.
We try to be realistic about the amount of homework we set; at the same time, your teacher will expect you to complete the homework you have been given! As a rough guide, you can expect to be given about two hours of homework a week.
We realise that class time may be your only or main opportunity to speak Russian. Our approach, therefore, is broadly ‘communicative’: we concentrate on the spoken language, and we practise the language in class through conversation and oral drilling.
Lessons typically involve the following elements: free conversation introduction; homework review; targeted oral drills; listening and video practice; reading and discussion of texts; oral role-play exercises; oral translation into Russian.
Regular attendance is vital for your own progress and for the success of the group. If you do have to miss a class, you will automatically be provided with details of what you have missed and any homework set.
Some students like to arrange an individual catch-up lesson. This can normally be organised with your regular teacher, and is charged separately at a special discounted rate.
Students in in-person groups who know in advance that they will not be able to attend a lesson are encouraged to let us know: depending on the size and level of the group, we may be able to set up a hybrid classroom to allow remote attendance.
Groups are available at all levels from complete beginner to advanced. For more information on the levels system used at RLC, please visit the levels page.
exams and certificates
Certificates of attendance stating the level of the group you have completed are available on request at the end of any term.
RLC holds the official Russian TRKI exams (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) twice a year, run in conjunction with St Petersburg University.
We are not a registered Edexcel testing centre for GCSE or A level. However, we do have teachers who are experienced in preparing students for GCSE, A Level and University Entrance exams.
Irina is very good at registering and remembering individual needs/characteristics. She makes the class a very safe place and that’s what you need for learning to happen.
I’ve happened to have different teachers each semester but they have all been really good. Natasha my current teacher is lovely and I really like her teaching style.
My teacher Larisa is great – clear, patient and genuinely interested in what students have to say. I really enjoy my classes with her:)
Irina is excellent: she knows exactly how to teach and how to make a two hour lesson interesting. I am hugely glad I decided to take the course.
I love that the beginning of each class includes lots of conversation and that everyone gets a chance to speak.
I really enjoyed the set up of the course – a part dedicated to the teacher speaking to each student individually, and the second part dedicated to going through the homework.
Maria is an outstanding teacher, she explains everything clearly, and is always so encouraging and supportive. The lessons are always engaging and I look forward to them each week 🙂
I’m very much enjoying the course. It is particularly enjoyable having the course in person and also with a hybrid option for when group members might be travelling.
We cover a wide range of topics and Irina is hugely patient if we are struggling with any aspect of the lesson or syllabus.
I really enjoy my lessons with Irina. She is a wonderful teacher who works hard to make sure that all aspects of the Russian language are covered: from vocabulary and grammar through to intonation/inflection and pronunciation.
I am really enjoying the course and have learned much more than I expected. It is quite demanding but I prefer that.
I always thought that learning a new language, especially Russian with the Cyrillic alphabet, would be an onerous task. However the brilliant RLC course book along with our fantastic teacher Liliya, has made learning Russian achievable and fun.
Irina is a fantastic teacher – very patient and encouraging and always willing to answer questions. She is very good at pushing us while still keeping the course relaxed and enjoyable.
It’s very well structured and I feel like I’m making consistent progress. Irina is an excellent teacher and she makes the class very enjoyable.
I find the course is adapted to the needs and the pace of the group of students in it and the teacher always explain any doubts you may have about grammar, pronunciation or anything else.
I enjoyed this term, just like the last. I’m getting more confident with my Russian, and Victoria’s classes are very engaging and interesting
Vera has been one of the best Russian teachers I’ve had so far and I really enjoy learning with her. She has increased my confidence speaking in Russian and makes me feel confortable when interacting with the group.
I have experience of both Maria and Irina. Both are outstanding, wonderful teachers. I would recommend them to anyone wishing to study this beautiful language. Thank you – Maria and Irina!
Irina, our teacher, is an absolute star! Love her 🙂
I look forward to Tuesday evenings as much for the sharing of news with the other group members as for the language learning and practice.
My teacher is Victoria and she is just lovely. Very professional yet approachable. She clearly takes a lot of time to prepare materials for our lessons and uses such a variety of media which I really like.
Lyuda is absolutely fantastic.