Course level


This course will enable you to

  • Express your views and form questions in a clearer and more efficient way
  • Use synonyms and paraphrase 
  • Boost listening and reading skills
  • Expand vocabulary 
  • Improve your understanding of the grammar and sentence structure
  • Learn interesting facts about the country and its people

Course programme

Lesson 1 (text)Columbus (1936) – a satirical short story written by Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov, two Soviet prose writers of the 1920s and 1930s.
Lesson 2 (video)That’s how they speak in Russia. Russian teachers Olga and Marina talk about regional differences in the Russian language.
Lesson 3 (video)Meet a DIY blogger from a quiet village in Pskov region (West Russia) whose channel has 400,000 subscribers.
Lesson 4 (video)Meet Izhorians, the indigenous people of north-western European Russia, and find out how they revived their native language and culture after decades of decline under Soviet rule.
Lesson 5Revision of Lessons 1-4.

Study materials

  • Fragments of documentaries and TV shows
  • Short satirical story slightly adapted the to required level
  • A variety of engaging activities for practice and consolidation 
  • Each video comes with a transcript and a glossary
  • Each newspaper article comes with a glossary and an audio recording

All course materials are prepared by the teacher.

Lesson dates and times

Dates: 11,13,18, 20, 25 July (Tuesday, Thursday)
Time: 18.30-20.30

Lesson duration

120 minutes

Where does the course take place?

Zoom video

Before each lesson

  • Students will be expected to watch a video / read a short text and then complete some tasks prior to the lesson. Each video is approx. 3-6 minutes long.

After the lesson you will receive (by email)

  • Zoom chat from the lesson + lesson notes
  • Homework and materials for the next lesson
  • A link to the video and audio recordings

I look forward to meeting you on the course!