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Learning Russian at Liden & Denz: What do we do differently?

Learn Russian through communication

All our Russian courses are based on the communicative approach and combine the learning of common phrases from everyday situations with a thorough and systematic approach to grammar. This is of crucial importance when learning a language without a fixed word order such as Russian, a language in which it is the word endings or the position of a word that create the meaning. Conversational topics are complemented with the appropriate grammar structures, while the grammatical part of the course progresses gradually from basic concepts to more complex aspects (e.g. naming objects – determining location – actions with objects – moving back and forth, etc.) in a psychologically logical order.

One of our most important principles is to give you the linguistic tools to repeatedly put your communicative skills and models into practice. This will enable you to express yourself in everyday situations and achieve your linguistic goals.

The city is our classroom

The communicative approach requires that what you have just learned is applied immediately, outside the classroom. For this reason, Russian lessons are regularly held outside: on the street, at markets, in train stations and shops you will be confronted with the language spoken on the street. Outside the comfort zone of the classroom, you will gain language confidence in everyday Russian, while you will also get to know the city better.

Our teachers

All our teachers are native Russian speakers and have a university degree in either Russian as a Foreign Language (RKI) or Linguistics. Our Russian teachers use a variety of methods in the classroom, most of which are interactive. These include role-plays, discussions and creative work (drawing, storytelling, etc.). They regularly share their experiences during seminars and meetings, discussing issues and solutions and evaluating new methods and techniques.

Study materials for learning Russian

For levels A1, A2 and B1 we use our own Russian textbook from the I Love Russian series, written and tested in the Liden & Denz language centres. If you have booked a Russian course with at least twenty weekly lessons, the appropriate textbook is already included in the course fee. You will receive the printed version of the book on the first day of class. If you have booked an online course, you will receive the textbook as an e-book.

More information about our textbooks, reading samples and order form can be found on our dedicated textbook page.

Course levels in our Russian courses

In our group courses we teach beginner to intermediate levels year-round adding upper-intermediate and advanced classes during busy summer period. For reasons of compatibility, we have adapted the framework of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Clicking on each circle reveals Liden & Denz sub-levels with averaged lesson numbers and recommended exam(s) for that level. Students enrolling for a one-to-one course will need less time to pass from one level to the next.

Beginner level
level duration
Russian is a new language for me. At most I recognise a few Cyrillic letters and know some words, but I have never had Russian lessons.
Length

20 hours

Courses offered at Liden & Denz
All year round with specific starting dates
Elementary
level duration
I understand and can use simple everyday words and phrases. I can communicate in a simple way as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help me.
Length

A1: 40-60 lessons
A1+: 60-80 lessons

Courses offered at Liden & Denz
All year round, courses start weekly

Active vocabulary: 780 words or phrases
Recommended exam: TEU
Pre-intermediate
level duration
I can understand frequently used expressions which have immediate relevance to me (myself, my family, shopping, work, study, hobbies). I can describe aspects of my own background, immediate environment and express myself in areas of immediate need using simple language.
Length

A2: 100 lessons
A2+: 80 lessons

Courses offered at Liden & Denz
All year round, courses start weekly

Active vocabulary - 1300 words or phrases
Recommended exam: TBU
Intermediate
level duration
I can communicate on familiar topics, sometimes with difficulty but mostly coherently. I can deal with most situations encountered when travelling in Russia. With some effort I can describe experiences and events, dreams and goals, and give reasons for my opinions.
Length

B1: 80 lessons
B1+: 80 lessons

Courses offered at Liden & Denz
All year round, courses start weekly

Active vocabulary - 2300 words or phrases
Recommended exam: TRKI-1
Upper-intermediate
level duration
I can communicate with confidence and fluently in a way that makes normal conversation with native speakers effortless for both parties. I can express myself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a point of view on a complex matter and describe the advantages and disadvantages of different options without spending too much time looking for expressions.
Length:

B2: 200 lessons
B2+: 200 lessons

Courses offered by Liden & Denz
All year round as a group course

Active vocabulary - 6000 words or phrases
Recommended exam: TRKI-2
Advanced
level duration
I am able to use Russian spontaneously and effectively in social, academic and professional contexts. I can express myself clearly, in a structured and detailed way on complex issues, controlling a range of different registers.
Length:
280 lessons

Active vocabulary - 7000 words or phrases
Recommended exam: TRKI-3

Courses offered by Liden & Denz
All year round as individual course
Proficiency
level duration
I have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, even when transmitted through the media at high speed. I understand films, drama, television and radio without effort, including humour, nuance and innuendo. I can summarise information from a variety of oral and written sources, giving reasons and explanations in a coherent presentation. I can express myself spontaneously, precisely and fluently, picking out subtle differences in meaning even on complex topics.
Active vocabulary - 8000 words or phrases
Recommended exam: - TRKI-4

Courses offered by Liden & Denz
All year round as individual course

Certificate and TRKI language exam

At the end of your course you will receive a certificate in Russian showing the type of Russian course attended, the course dates, the number of hours and the level reached. On request, you can also receive a transcript in English, German or Italian.

The state-recognised Russian language exam TRKI can also be taken at Liden & Denz. You can find more information on our TRKI exam page.

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