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Course level


Entry requirements

  • You can  understand the main ideas of non-adapted newspaper and magazine articles
  • You  can follow a TV programme (i.e. interview, debate, documentary) about politics, social issues and culture with relative ease
  • You can discuss and express your opinion with a degree of fluency and spontaneity

This course will enable you to: 

  • Keep your Russian current and “alive”
  • Expand and enrich your vocabulary in a range of popular subjects including politics, social issues, education, technology and environment
  • Improve your listening skills
  • Gain a better understanding of sentence structure and different grammatical constructions
  • Recognise different shades of meaning as well as implicit meaning

Study materials

  • Authentic newspaper articles, video blogs and TV programmes accompanied by a glossary / transcript  
  • Supplementary material with class activities and exercises 

Number of lessons

30 (you can book each set of 10 sessions separately)

Lesson duration

Group lesson: 120 minutes

One-to-one lesson: 90 minutes

Where does the course take place?

Zoom video. Here is the link to Zoom website that will open in a new tab if you’d like to find out more about it.

If you are new to Zoom we can test your connection before you sign up for the course!

Before each lesson

  • You will be expected to watch a short video or read an article which will be emailed to you as an attachment or a link one week in advance.
  • Handouts for each lesson will be emailed to you one week in advance.

In the lesson

  • Q&A session
  • Brief revision of previous lesson(s)
  • Activities for practice and consolidation of  useful grammatical constructions and vocabulary from the video / article
  • Discussions, interviews, role plays, small presentations

After the lesson you will receive (by email)

  • Zoom chat + Lesson notes
  • Materials for the next lesson

How to submit your homework (optional)

  • It can be typed in the email or Word document and then emailed to the teacher
  • You can take a picture of your work and email it to the teacher as an attachment from your phone or computer

I look forward to meeting you on the course!