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Specialized Russian

Russian Teachers Development course

The Russian Teachers Development course is for non-native and native speakers of Russian teaching at primary, secondary or vocational schools, at colleges and universities or at language centres for adults from A1 (Beginner) to B2 (Intermediate) level. It is recommended that participants have a level of Russian at CEF level B2+, B2 or B1+ (minimum B1).

Objectives of the course: To master language training, learning and teaching methodologies. The focus is on teaching techniques of a foreign language without translation but by explanation.
The bonus of the course: The course provides participants with a wonderful opportunity to establish links with teachers from different countries!
Outcome: The course will improve confidence in lesson delivery and expand the participants’ range of methodological approaches to enhance classroom practice.

The participants can choose to study 1 or 2 weeks.

Methodology topics to be covered:

Week 1

wdt_ID Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 Specifics of Russian as a foreign language teaching to beginners Classroom management, types of motivation Formation of correct pronunciation studying Russian as a foreign language How to develop listening skills by the help of phonetic exercises Methods and techniques of developing reading skills and comprehension

Week 2

wdt_ID Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 The development of lexis in Russian as a foreign language classroom Songs as a method for improving and mastering pronunciation The development of writing skills, the variety of styles The use of interactive methods and internet resources in learning Russian as a foreign language The ways of testing knowledge, different tests and exams

Our students about their experience

Hana, a teacher from the Czech Republic: “Latvia is one of the few European countries, where at Russian Language Academy Durbe it is possible to study through Erasmus+ funded courses for teacher’s development. As a teacher of Russian language, I loved the communication skills practice, the structure of lessons and the variety of useful links and facts provided about the methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language. Latvia left a wonderful impression on me, and I discovered Riga as an elegant and interesting city where I felt stress-free and very calm.”

Dates and costs for 2018

Starting dates for 1-week course: March 12, June 25, July 2, July 30, August 6
Starting dates for 2 weeks course: March 12, June 25, July 30

Total number of lessons: 15 lessons per week
The course takes place in the afternoons from 13.30 to 16.10.
Maximum class size: 12 participants

Additional options

In addition to the course, you may also book an accommodation (host families, residence, shared flat or 3* hotel) and airport transfers at official prices available on the price list. It is possible to combine Russian Teachers Development course with Standard Russian courses (overall – 35 lessons per week).

wdt_ID Lenght / Lessons number Price per course in March / June, August Dates in March Dates in June/July Dates in August
1 1 week / Total 15 lessons 250 EUR/ 310 EUR 12.03. – 16.03. 25.06.- 29.06. or 02.07.- 06.07. 30.07. – 03.08. or 06.08. – 10.08.
2 Standard Russian + Teachers Course / total 35 lessons 450 EUR/ 510 EUR 12.03. – 16.03. 25.06.- 29.06. or 02.07.- 06.07. 30.07. – 03.08. or 06.08. – 10.08.
3 2 weeks / total 30 lessons 500 EUR/ 620 EUR n/a 25.06. – 06.07. 30.07. – 10.08.
4 Standard Russian + Teachers course / total 70 lessons 900 EUR/ 1020 EUR n/a 25.06. – 06.07. 30.07. – 10.08.