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Winter School in the Russian Language and Culture 2021

Place of Study: Online!

Language: Russian/English

Duration: 1-4 weeks (January 11 - February 5, 2021)

Outcome: 2 ECTS per week, ITMO Official Certificate

Deadline: December 15, 2020; January 10, 2021; January 17, 2021; January 24, 2021

Fees: 8,900 RUB (~ 100 euro) per week


*Application deadlines

  • December 15, 2020 (for students starting from January 11, 2021)
  • January 10, 2021 (for students starting from January 18, 2021) 
  • January 17, 2021 (for students starting from January 25, 2021)
  • January 24, 2021 (for students starting from February 1, 2021)

Choose your Russian level

Russian Language Modules for Beginners (0) 

January 11-15 / January 18-22 / January 25-29 / February 1-5

General Course (0)

This course will help you acquire basic knowledge of the Russian language and will provide simultaneous training of all basic skills such as reading, writing, listening,and speaking. Communicative approach is used during all Russian language classes.

Russian Language Modules for Elementary Learners (A1)

January 11-15 / January 18-22 / January 25-29 / February 1-5 

General Course (А1)

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) Learners

January 11-15 / January 18-22 / January 25-29 / February 1-5 

General Course (А2)

This course will help you acquire further knowledge on major grammatical topics in the Russian language and significantly expand your vocabulary, which will help communicate in Russian more freely.

Russian Language Modules for Intermediate Learners (B1)

January 11-15 

Russian History (B1)

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.

Cases of Russian Language (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!

January 18-22

Russian Cinema (B1)

This course 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.

January 25-29

Conversational Russian (B1)

The course introduces students to contemporary conversational Russian, and covers the language changes, common conversational structures, and present day slang.

February 1-5 

Russian Culture (B1)

The course explores the way cultural identity and key ideas are represented within Russian language.

Russian Language Modules for Experienced Learners (В2-С2)

January 11-15 

Russian Literature of the 19th century (В2-С2)

Russian literature is a unique world phenomenon, its distinctive character is based on the fact that it raised complex moral and philosophical problems of human existence, existence of God, morality issues, human nature, suffering and its impact on people, etc. The course will present the major writers of Russian Literature of the 19th century: А.Pushkin, М.Lermontov, N.Gogol, F.Dostoevsky, L.Tolstoy, A.Chekhov, etc.

January 18-22
 

Legacy of Fyodor Dostoevsky (В2-С2)

This course is dedicated to Fyodor Dostoevsky's life and works, his mysterious and psychological novels “The Idiot”, “Crime and Punishment”, and “The Brothers Karamazov”. These novels retain their relevance and significance to the present day. Class activities will focus on bringing students to understand, analyze, discuss the philosophy, moral problems of the novels, to find images, motives and allusions, to defend and criticize different ideas, points of view. After-class activities include watching the best literary adaptations of the novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Politics and Diplomacy of the Russian Federation (В2-С2)

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.

January 25-29

Dissidents in the Russian Culture (В2-С2)

The Dissident Movement played a huge role in the development of culture both in Russia and in the West. In the course framework, we will explore the phenomenon of dissidence in Russian culture in the 20th century: its roots, expression and manifestation, metamorphosis and influence on world culture.

February 1-5 

Russian Literature of the 20th century (В2-С2)

Russian literature is closely related to World History and Culture: many Russian writers were outstanding philosophers, thinkers, and public men; they had an impact on not only Russian art, culture, history, language, but also – on World Art, Culture and History. The course will present the major writers of Russian Literature of the 20th centuries: М.Bulgakov, А.Akhmatova, М.Tsvetaeva, В.Pasternak, А.Block, А.Andreev, etc.

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