Beginners – class is designated for the new students who have none to very little experience with the Russian language, and at most briefly familiar with the alphabet and some of the Russian words. This level concentrates on learning the alphabet, on the first 100 Russian words, basic expressions, and grammar, basic conversation, as well as the beginning of reading and writing. There are up to 3 sub-levels within the Beginner level based on the student’s previous experience, needs, and learning progress.
Intermediate – class is designated for the students who either completed Beginners level or have previous experience of learning Russian. Students entering this level know the alphabet, up to 50-100 Russian words, familiar with basic writing, reading, and conversational Russian. This level concentrates on learning new words in different areas, reading comprehension, writing, emphasis on conversations for different scenarios, introduction to additional materials related to Russian culture (menus, articles, movies). There are up to 3 sub-levels within the Intermediate level based on student’s previous experience, needs, and learning progress.Advanced – class is designated for the students who either completed Intermediate level or are capable of reading, writing, and conversing on the majority of the daily life topics. This level concentrates on more advanced reading, writing, conversations, and discussions. A big emphasis is put on the work with the Russian cultural materials such as magazines, articles, movies, etc. There is a separate class within this level for those who want to concentrate on technical Russian.
Fluent – class is designated for the students who can fluently read, write and converse in the Russian language. This level concentrates on learning how to read and interpret, on how to converse with colleagues or acquaintances in Russian only, and on how to comprehend and understand the nuances of the Russian language. There is a separate class within this level for those who want to concentrate on technical Russian.
Regular classes have 3-7 people. Smaller groups contain 2-3 people with the emphasis on particular student needs, interests, and goals. Also, individual private lessons are offered on the regular basis for students who prefer one-on-one learning, have special needs, or require an accelerated course for a trip or event. Also, private lessons can be used as complementary to group lessons. For students who need to travel to Russian-speaking countries, we offer small group or individual daily crush courses to quickly prepare them for the event. Each class usually lasts 2 academic hours (90 min).
ISKRA GENICHEVA, former student from New York:
“I really enjoyed taking classes at RCC. It was very important to me that our teacher, Ms. Tatiana, was speaking to us in Russian all the time which helped me break the language barrier. I liked the fact that the class was small and we were able to learn at the same pace. What helped me improve my Russian the most was that we didn’t learn strictly from a textbook, but also read Russian poetry and short stories, anecdotes, and articles from newspapers. I was looking forward to my lessons at RCC because they were interesting, fun and I was curious to find out what I would learn next”
“I enrolled in the classes in late January of 2013. I began learning Russian while in college in 2004. I studied the language for 2 years and then quit. I’ve rededicated myself to learning Russian and am loving every session with Tatiana. The classes are fun, very learner-friendly, and we even get tidbits of Russian culture throughout the lesson. I look forward to continuing on with this journey.”
“I started Russian classes at RCC about 5 years ago, going on Saturday mornings, and taking extra lessons for a month or two before trips to Russia. I traveled to Moscow for work in 2006, and was fascinated by the city, and the people. I wanted to return on a private trip to explore and having knowledge of the language adds to the enjoyment of the visits. You know being able to read signs, and do some basics without having to depend on an interpreter all the time. I also thought that having the language would help build friendships with a couple of the people that I met and wanted to form stronger bonds with. I have found the classes at RCC great and Tatiana to be a wonderful teacher. I like having the ability to set my own pace for learning and having the small group allows Tatiana to be flexible on what is learnt. I have found the classes very helpful, as we take things slow, are able to practice and ask questions. The big plus is that beyond the grammar/vocabulary our teacher freely shares Russian culture and I believe truly enjoys giving the students that want it, an understanding of history and customs as they pertain to our lessons. I find it to be an exploration, where there is always something new to understand. The Russian language is full of idiosyncrasies, and Russian culture filled with contradictions.”