Russian as a Foreign Language

пушкаTeaching Russian as a Foreign Language. General

The school ‘Perspectives’ teaches students of any ages and any Russian language levels. Our programmes have been thoroughly thought over from the viewpoint of all modern trends in methods of teaching a foreign language. A complex approach to learning worked out in the students lets them develop all skills necessary for independent use of language.

The application of communicative approach to teaching solves the problem of the so-called ‘psychological barrier to speaking’. From the very start, our students use Russian as a means of real communication, forgetting about all the fears connected with speaking.

In our lessons, we use textbooks which have been written by modern native Russian linguists and methodologists. These programmes are used all over the world and considered to be the most serious and essential courses for teaching Russian. We offer both individual and group classes for our potential students.

Before starting language studies, all candidates are divided into groups according to the placement test results, their age (schoolchildren, adults) and individual goals. The syllabus offered by the school is based on the requirements of the Council of Europe, notably the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’, the official European document providing a common basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. across Europe and describing in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn to do in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to act effectively.

The school ‘Perspectives’ provides a wide range of Russian language programmes including Russian for General Purposes, Business Russian, Russian for Special Purposes, Preparation for the Test in Russian as a Foreign Language (TRFL), Cultural Training for Foreigners.

Preparation for the Test in Russian as a Foreign Language (TRFL)

The school ‘Perspectives’ gives an opportunity for foreigners to prepare for the Test in Russian as a Foreign Language. Currently in Russia there is a system of levels of Russian as a Foreign Language corresponding to the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’:

— Elementary/A

— The First Certificate Level/B1

— The Second Certificate Level/B2

— The Third Certificate Level/C1

— The Fourth Certificate Level (Proficiency)/C2

A person can:

— apply for Russian citizenship if s/he has a Certificate of Elementary Russian

— enter a college or university in the Russian Federation if s/he has a First Certificate of Russian as a Foreign Language

— get a Graduation Certificate in Science if s/he has a Second Certificate of Russian as a Foreign Language

— get a Graduation Paper in Humanities if s/he has a Third Certificate of Russian as a Foreign Language

— teach Russian as a Foreign Language if s/he has a Fourth Certificate of Russian as a Foreign Language (Proficiency)

Cultural Training

We also offer a programme specially designed for leaners of Russian as a foreign language, which is aimed at formation and training of behaviour skills within the Russian language environment and includes the following areas:

— Preliminary guidelines (confusing guidelines), appearance, language

— Respect for intelligence and intelligent people

— Love for one’s native land

— Sense of humour

— Desire to be happy

— Housing problem in Russia

— House, accommodation, apartment and furniture

— Clean means healthy

— ‘Hope you enjoyed your bath!’

— Pets at home

— City transport, pedestrians and cars

— Shops

— ‘We’re simple folk when it comes to food’ (Russian proverb)

— ‘Russian fun is drinking alcohol, we cannot live without it’ (Russian proverb)

— Glamour of Russian restaurants and abject poverty

— Leisure time, Russian entertainment

— Style of behavior and Russian manners

— Commutability of Russians

— About the smile

— ‘You are welcome into our shelter of branches’ (Russian proverb about Russian hospitality)

— Family relations in Russia

— Family: parents and children, ties of relationship

— Husband and wife: social status in the family

— Social status of the woman in the Russian society

— Marriages with foreigners

— ‘A close neighbour is better than a distant relative’ (Russian proverb)

— A ‘fig’ (a gesture meaning ‘get nothing for one’s pains’) and other gestures

— Omens, superstitions, prejudices

— Psychological peculiarities of Russian archetype

— Sets in Russian consciousness or complicated consequences of simple reasons

— Fatalism

— Attitude towards personal freedom

— Is there a so called ‘Russian collectivism’?

— Clan system in the modern Russian society

— Attitude towards power and sense of statehood

— Feeling for law and order of Russians

— Behaviour stereotypes concerning attitude towards property

— Attitude towards people at the top

— Russian traditional attitude towards foreigners

— Attitude towards time and time management

— Confessional peculiarities of Russians

— A phenomenon of Russian hard drinking

— New actuals in postsoviet Russia

— Security and lawfulness in modern Russia

— Different generations of the Russian people

— Russians and entrepreneurship

— How do Russians evaluate their economic condition and social status?

— Who are the so called ‘new Russians’?

— What are the most important moral values for modern Russians?

— Russian morality yesterday, today and tomorrow

— What is the attitude of Russians towards State?

— What is Russian attitude towards capitalism?

— What is Russian attitude towards different social layers?

— What is modern Russian attitude towards freedom and democracy?

— Russian attitude towards money

— How do modern Russians see themselves?

— What is Russian attitude towards other countries today?

— Western integration in Russian production

— Style of business communication

— Businesslike cooperation and problem of punctuality of Russians

— Russian attitude towards labour

— Way of getting information

— Manner of work and behaviour at jobsite

— Relations between a manager and his subordinates

— Psychological peculiarities of modern Russian entrepreneurs