GROUP COURSES: THE ESSENTIALS



Term Dates
All terms last for 10 weeks. There are four terms a year, starting in January, April, July and October. Students sign up and pay for one term at a time.

Autumn Term 2018 8 October to 16 December
Winter Term 2019
21 January to 31 March
Spring Term 2019
23 April to 30 June
Summer Term 2019
15 July to 22 September
 
Course Fees
Fees for standard and fast-track courses are as follows. Fees for special courses can be found on our Special Courses page.

Standard Daytime Course £275
Standard Weekend Course £330
Standard Evening Course £370
Fast-Track Sunday Course £625
Intensive Evening Course £355

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.
 
Types of Course
We have two main types of course: Standard and Fast-track. Standard courses meet once a week, Fast-track courses meet twice a week.

We run Standard courses in the daytimes, evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. The availability of Fast-track courses varies from term to term. Please check our timetables for what is available this term.

All evening and weekend groups last for 2.5 hours. All daytime groups last for 2 hours.

 
Special Courses
Throughout the year we run a variety of special courses. These range from an intensive introduction to Russian to advanced conversation classes and business modules. For more information on the special courses we are currently planning, click here.
 
Enrolment
Students enrol for one term at a time, and new students can join at the beginning of any term. Non-beginners complete an assessment before being placed in a group. Non-beginners may sometimes be able to join groups after the beginning of term.
 
Booking your place
Booking a place on a beginners’ course is straightforward: follow the link to our timetable for beginners, click on the group you are interested in and you will be taken through the registration process. To register for a non-beginners’ course, follow the link to our timetable for non-beginners and you will be taken through the registration and assessment process.
 
Assessments
Non-beginners complete an assessment before registering. Assessments involve a short, informal face-to-face session with a teacher, scheduled near to the start of term.
 
Cancellation by a student
You can cancel your registration at any stage before the beginning of term, in which case any money you have paid will be refunded in full. However, we are unable to refund any course fees or part thereof after the start of term, regardless of the number of lessons attended.

 
Cancellation by RLC
We require a minimum of 4 students to run a course, and reserve the right to cancel a course at any stage before the beginning of term if insufficient numbers of students have registered. In this case we will always try to offer you an alternative group, but if you do not wish to accept the alternative your course fee will be refunded in full.
 
Class Sizes
Class sizes range from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12, on average 7 students. Small class sizes ensure that each student has the opportunity to contribute fully, and the teacher is able to give his or her attention to all members of the group.
 
Levels
Groups are available at all levels from complete beginner to graduate advanced. For more information on the levels system used at RLC, please visit the levels page.
 
Homework
We try to be realistic in the amount of homework we set; at the same time, your teacher will expect you to the homework you have been given! Bear in mind that if you don’t do it, not only will your own progress be slower; you will also find the teacher has to revise the plans for each lesson leading to slower progress for all.
 
Teaching Materials
All groups up to Intermediate 4 level use RLC’s own textbooks. The cost of these books and audio supplements is included in the basic course fee. Students at more advanced levels may be required to buy course materials.
 
Lesson Format
The format of a group lesson inevitably varies depending on the level and the teacher. However, the vast majority of our group lessons are ‘communicative’, i.e. involving as much use of the spoken language as possible, and will typically involve the following elements: free conversation introduction; homework review; targeted oral drills; reading and discussion of texts; oral role-play exercises; translation (spoken) into Russian. For more on our approach to teaching please follow this link.
 
Missed Lessons
Regular attendance is vital for your own progress and for the success of the group. We have found the biggest problem faced by groups is when the teacher feels it necessary to repeat everything for those who have missed classes; this can quickly lead to a loss of momentum and the feeling that the group is going round in circles! If you do have to miss a class, you will automatically be provided with details of what you have missed and any homework set. It is particularly important that you make every effort to catch up on any material you have missed.



Exams and certificates
Our students are able to work towards a Test of Russian as a Foreign Language, with a State certificate issued by St Petersburg State University, which we hold at Pushkin House annually in July. For comprehensive information on the exams and how to register, please visit the examinations page on our website. Certificates of attendance stating the level of the group you have completed are also available on request at the end of any term.
 
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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.