All our courses are based on communicative approaches and combine learning common expressions used in everyday situations with thorough and systematic grammatical approach. This is of vital importance for learning a language like Russian, which has an inflectional system and a non-fixed word order – a language in which word endings or word’s place create the meaning.
Conversational topics are given with appropriate grammar structures, while the grammar part of the course proceeds gradually from simple “basic concepts” to more complex issues in a psychologically proven order (e.g. naming objects – describing locations – actions with objects – moving to and from, etc.).
One of our most important principles consists in giving our students the linguistic means to express themselves in everyday situations by constant training of communicative skills and models, which allows learners to reach their own communicative objectives.
Anna Tsvetkova is the director of studies at our St.Petersburg centre. She has a masters degree in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language from St.Petersburg State University and worked as a teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language since 2007 in Novosibirsk. She joined Liden & Denz in 2010. Anna was promoted to director of studies in summer 2012.
Irina Nekrashevich is the director of studies at our Moscow centre. After graduating from the Slavonic branch of the philological faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Irina started working as the teacher of Russian as a foreign language in the Military-Political Academy in Moscow. She also taught Russian to foreign students at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) for 20 years. Irina joined Liden & Denz in 2006 and in October 2012 was promoted to Director of Studies.
All our teachers are native speakers and hold a university degree either in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RKI) or Linguistics. We encourage our teachers to learn new languages, because we believe that having this experience as students is a valuable source for further improvement of their professional skills.
Our teachers apply a variety of techniques ranging from introduction to the Russian language history, from etymology and comparative linguistics to role-play, live discussions and creative work (drawing, story telling) in the class.
Teacher training sessions take place on a regular basis. In a team work they share their experience, discuss the problems they recently solved, new methods and techniques they implemented and evaluate new teaching materials.