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Summer School in the Russian Language and Culture 2021

Place of Study: ITMO University

Language: Russian/English

Duration: 1–4 weeks (July 5-31, 2021)

Outcome: 1 week – 2 ECTS, ITMO official certificate

Deadline: May 15, 2021

Fees: 12,000 RUB (~150 euro) per week


 

Choose your Russian level

Russian Language Modules for Beginners (0) and Elementary Learners (A1)

July 1-7 / July 8-14 / July 15-21 / July 22-28

General Course (0-A1)

This course will help you acquire basic knowledge of the Russian language and practice all the main skills at the same time. It naturally combines grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects. Communicative language teaching is used during all Russian language classes.

Russian Language Modules for Pre-intermediate (A2) and Intermediate (B1) Learners

July 1-7

General Course (A2-B1)

This course is designed to help you improve your knowledge of the Russian language and practice all the main skills simultaneously. It naturally combines grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects. Communicative language teaching is used during all Russian language classes.

Conversational Russian (A2-B1)

This conversational course is designed to help you immerse yourself in a Russian-speaking environment and start speaking Russian easily and with pleasure!

July 8-14

General Course (A2-B1)

This course is designed to help you improve your knowledge of the Russian language and practice all the main skills simultaneously. It naturally combines grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects. Communicative language teaching is used during all Russian language classes.

Cases of Russian Language (A2-B1)

Practice shows that cases are among the most difficult aspects of Russian grammar for foreigners to master while learning the Russian language. This course will help you quickly grasp the grammatical forms of certain cases and their meanings. In one week, the most complicated field of Russian grammar will become understandable for you!

July 15-21

Corrective Course (A2-B1)

The course focuses on the most complicated aspects of Russian grammar. We kindly ask you to inform us in advance about what issues seem to pose the biggest challenge for you, and our teachers will organize a series of workshops for your group covering these particular issues and aimed at improving certain language skills.

Russian Video (A2-B1)

Do you like the Russian language? And do you like watching movies? If the answer is yes, this course is exactly the thing for you, as it offers a unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the way Russians speak and at the same time learn more about Russian history and culture while watching movies and videos made in the USSR and Russia in different time periods. You will get the most interesting homework: to watch a film or a part of a video and share your opinion about what you’ve seen.

July 22-28

TORFL-1 Preparation Course (ТРКИ-1)

The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL-ТРКИ) is a test of the Russian language for international students which complies with the best European quality standards. If you are planning to take the TORFL test, this course will help you determine your actual language level and get ready for the test. 

TORFL consists of five parts each focusing on a particular skill: writing, vocabulary/grammar, reading, listening, and speaking. Successfully passing the First Level Certificate indicates an intermediate level of language competence, which means that a student can apply their skills to meet their demands of communication in everyday, cultural, educational and professional spheres in line with the State Standard of Competence in Russian as a Foreign Language.

Russian Theater (А2-В1)

This course revolves around contemporary Russian drama, which covers a period from the late 90s to the present time. The course’s program includes plays by N. Kolyada, O. Mukhina, V. Sygarev, P. Pryazko, and I. Vyrypaev. Additionally, the course will introduce students to the St. Petersburg’s theatre by allowing them to attend several performances, including both traditional and contemporary ones. 

Russian Language Modules for Experienced Learners (B2-C2)

July 1-7

Politics and Diplomacy of the Russian Federation (B2-C2)

The course is dedicated to modern Russian statehood and such aspects as the evolution of its political structure, the formation of civil society institutes, interaction with international organizations like the UN, BRICS, WTO, and EU. The course is adapted for students learning Russian as a foreign language and is aimed to educate students about the political history of Russia and improve their Russian language skills.

Cases of Russian Language (B2-C2)

Practice shows that cases are among the most difficult aspects of Russian grammar for foreigners to master while learning the Russian language. This course will help you quickly grasp the grammatical forms of certain cases and their meanings. In one week, the most complicated field of Russian grammar will become understandable for you!

July 8-14

Corrective Course (B2-C2)

The course focuses on the most complicated aspects of Russian grammar. We kindly ask you to inform us in advance about what issues seem to pose the biggest challenge for you, and our teachers will organize a series of workshops for your group covering these particular issues and aimed at improving certain language skills.

General Course (B2-C2)

This course will help you deepen your knowledge of the Russian language and practice all the main skills at the same time. It naturally combines grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects. Communicative language teaching is used during all Russian language classes.

Modern Literature (B2-C2)

The participants of this course will explore how the main social, political and cultural developments of Russia (the 1950s-2010s) were reflected in modern Russian literature, as well as discuss works of literature (including poetry), music, cinematography, and art in the period from the 1950s to the 2010s.

July 15-21

Conversational Russian (B2-C2)

This conversational course is designed to help you immerse yourself in a Russian-speaking environment and start speaking Russian easily and with pleasure!

Russian in the Media (B2-C2)

Russian Media Course focuses on current events in Russia. Through the analysis of Russian mass media reports, you will learn not only about the specific language used in the Russian media world but also about Russian mentality, the way people perceive social, cultural,  political and economic problems. You will discuss current key problems in Russia, see the difference in pro-government and oppositional media, learn how to read and write critically in Russian. In-class activities include reading, watching and discussion of popular articles, videos, TV-shows, various projects where you try your hand at being a reporter, write about the topics that interest you or interview people and make a story with your perspective on the chosen topic.

July 22-28

TORFL-2 Preparation Course (ТРКИ-2)

The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL-ТРКИ) is a test of the Russian language for international students which complies with the best European quality standards. If you are planning to take the TORFL test, this course will help you determine your actual language level and get ready for the test. 

TORFL consists of five parts each focusing on a particular skill: writing, vocabulary/grammar, reading, listening, and speaking. Successfully passing the Second Level Certificate indicates a high level of competence in Russian, which means that a student can apply their skills to meet their demands of communication in a wide range of situations in cultural, educational and professional spheres.

Russian Rock (B2-C2)

During this course, you will familiarize yourself with Russian rock music bands and their creative work and see the places where rock culture was born with your own eyes. Listening to these songs, you will learn Russian grammar, understand idioms and images, compare Russian and European rock music and after the lessons, you can attend rock music concerts which are usually held in St. Petersburg streets in the evenings. From this moment on, you can sing along with your favorite Russian singers.

Russian History (B2-C2)

It’s impossible to understand Russia without knowing its history. The mysterious Russian soul is a mix of pagan superstitions, orthodox dogmas, fearlessness and humility at the same time. The course of Russian history is meant to be a fascinating trip through the centuries and political regimes. You will see how historical changes affected the language and how the language forms our mentality. Extracurricular activities include attending historical museums and tours of the city.

Read our article about ITMO’s Russian Language and Culture School!