Special programme for RLUS students:
Bilingual (Russian|English) and Slavonic speaking students
Every year we have several bilingual students and students from Eastern Europe who are native speakers of other Slavic languages. It is essential for Language Link to provide a professional approach when dealing with these students. As a result, we’ve decided to announce a special programme for bilingual and Slavic language speaking students for the RLUS programme at Language Link (Moscow).
The goal of this programme is to give all the students an opportunity to improve their level of Russian language significantly and to be able to pass TORFL B2 or C1 level, as well as to extend their knowledge of Russian culture.
We offer the following courses:
In order to show the difference between the new programme and the traditional one, we have provided a detailed description below:
Most students on the traditional RLUS grammar course are taught how to build the correct grammar forms and constructions. For a group of bilingual students the task is different.
Many bilingual students can speak Russian like a native, so the key point will be on the analysis of language forms. The students will learn Russian orthography and punctuation like Russian children do at school. As a rule, bilingual students can speak Russian fluently, but their written Russian is not at the same level. This may cause misunderstandings in the students’ written work. In order to correct this the students will:
We will also use the materials of the Unified State Exam in Russian language to give the students the possibility to evaluate their level in comparison with the requirements expected of Russian high-school graduates.
The course will include:
Russian orthography and punctuation
This part of the programme is for students who aim to avoid mistakes in their writing. We will help students to form “grammar vigilance” and achieve grammatical competence in their writing.
Students will know the fundamental rules of Russian orthography and punctuation, and these rules will help them avoid making careless errors in essays. The students will achieve automaticity in writing “difficult” words and the use of punctuation.
The Syntax of complex sentences. The use of punctuation marks in complex sentences.
Bilingual students will examine the functional styles of Russian language: conversational, official, journalistic, and scientific-journalistic.
This part of the programme will allow students to explore, step by step, the specifics of each functional style. Texts for analysis and creative tasks will be used to recognize the style. The tasks include exercises on lexis, grammar, speaking and writing.
During the second semester students will put these practical skills into use, making stylistic analyses of mass-media texts, TV, and public speeches of political leaders, drawing on their previous knowledge of stylistics in contemporary Russian language. The texts include separated sentences and authentic texts with stylistic mistakes and shortcomings.
The following themes are included in the programme:
The phraseological units of every language are connected with the culture, history, and traditions of the country. The aim of these lessons is to get the students acquainted with the most common fixed expressions in the Russian language and teach them to use the expressions correctly. We will focus our attention on the following phraseological units:
Most students on the traditional RLUS course usually translate adopted texts from English to Russian according to their level. The course extends their vocabulary and gives the opportunity to repeat grammar points. Bilingual students will translate authentic texts. They will study journalistic and fictional texts. The task is to achieve grammatical accuracy and stylistic adequacy (we do not practice it with the other students). The orthography and punctuation will be monitored as well. In addition we will control the lexical and syntax synonymy (we do not practice it with the other students). The students will be able to compare their translations with the existing classic translations done by professional translators.
These precedential or key texts are texts known by many Russians due to their cultural importance. These texts are well known in written and spoken Russian culture and can be used on special occasions. Russians have knowledge of these texts from their childhood and school. They often refer to themes, situations and symbols from these texts in everyday life, and use them to enhance their communication.
For example, every Russian understands the phrase “Plushkins of all countries, become a union!”, or “The society now needs Oblomovs or Shtolts”, but these phrases make no sense to even bilingual speakers, which is why we’ve created a course with the following content:
This course will be taught using aspects of speaking practice, essay writing, and reading.
What do I want before the program?
What can I do now after the program?
The teacher says:
Participation in this programme expands and deepens your knowledge of grammar, lexis and stylistics of the Russian language, as well as Russian culture and literature. The uniqueness of this programme lies in the full “submersion” of students into Moscow life. Moscow is a large, cultural city. There are many theatres, exhibitions, students’ clubs and cafes. A year spent in Moscow opens the students up to great opportunities to integrate them into Russian life. Our students usually live with Russian families and become a part of their everyday lives; they have conversations, celebrate holidays, cook Russian food and talk about everything under the sun. Living with a family also helps relieve the stress of arriving in Russia, and helps the students adapt quickly to their new lives.
The student says:
Moscow is a city that never sleeps, the capital of a huge and open country and an international Mecca for ambitious people, you can find almost anything here.
But to live in a big city one needs to have companions. LL are your friends. You can talk with them about Russia, Russian people, concerts, museums and where you can find the best and most inexpensive restaurants in Moscow. At LL you can study literature, history, cinema and many other subjects! All the teachers are young and full of energy.
I strongly recommend LL to all students who come to Moscow to study Russian.Marek Zaremba-Pyke
A semester in Moscow is the perfect opportunity to get to grips with academic Russian, as well as experience the language in an everyday context. The time spent here will not only improve your linguistic and communicative abilities, but also prepare you for further study of the language and literature, which is especially useful for those returning to their final year of university after their semester abroad.