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Do you need to speak Russian in your everyday communication? We have prepared courses for you that will help you learn Russian easily and in a fun way. You can choose a module according to your educational needs and language level.
Russian for beginners (А1)
Let's get to know each other!
24 hours
This module is designed for those who are starting to learn Russian. You will learn how to read and write in Russian, master basic vocabulary, which will allow you to talk about yourself, your family and your daily routine.
An exciting exploration into the world of Russian cases. Part 1.
36 hours
Russian grammar is not so terrible as it is portrayed! Now we are beginning to study one of the most important grammar topics – the Russian cases. You will get acquainted with the accusative and prepositional cases, as well as learn when they are used. In addition, in this module you will master vocabulary on the topics "City" and "Travel".
An exciting exploration into the world of Russian cases. Part 2.
36 hours
We continue to study Russian cases! In this module, you will learn about the accusative, genitive, and instrumental cases. You will study grammar through topics that are relevant for international visitors, such as "Shopping" and "Visiting Cafes/Restaurants".
Russian for pre-intermediate learners (А2)
Grammar doesn’t have to be boring. A summary of the topic "Cases".
36 hours
We want to teach you more about the Russian language. So, if you want to continue learning, we have prepared an overview of the Russian case system. You will learn about complex cases and their exceptions, and when they are used. You broaden your vocabulary on the topics of "Holidays" and "Gifts". In this module you will learn about Russian celebrations.
To be or not to be? The aspect and tense of Russian verbs
36 hours
You can't get enough of verbs! You will expand your vocabulary. After completing this module, you will be able to talk about the events of your life (about vacation and travel) using the past, present and future tenses of Russian verbs. And you will also learn how to use the perfective and imperfective aspects of verbs.
Russian verbs of motion
36 hours
Do you want to learn how to talk about your trips to famous places and describe them? Do you want to learn how to navigate the city and explain where you are? You can't do this without verbs of motion. In this module you will learn the differences between «приезжать и уезжать», «ехать и ездить», «идти и ходить».
Russian for intermediate learners (B1)
From the simple to the complex. A complex sentence in Russian
36 hours
Do you always understand complex phrases in Russian? Can you identify the main information in a sentence? How does the meaning of a sentence change when the words are rearranged? You will learn about the intricacies of Russian syntax. You will also learn how to express your reasons and purpose for doing an action, and use conditional sentences. You will get acquainted with the peculiarities of “который”.
Participles and adverbial participles
30 hours
In this module, you will learn that participles in Russian can be active or passive, and adverbial participles (gerunds) can be perfective or imperfective. You will learn how to form and use participles and gerunds. We have prepared interesting texts about scientists and scientific discoveries for you. You will learn how to read, write and interpret scientific texts.
Russian for everyday use
36 hours
This is a revision of all the previously studied grammar topics. The conversational topic will be "Internet and information technologies". You will learn specific terminology, slang, and set expressions that Russians use when communicating online.
A little about everyth. Russian for Upper –intermediate learners (B2)
About you and me
24 hours
If you are interested in more personal topics, such as discussing individuality, the conflict between generations and learning about inspirational people who were able to change the world, then this module is for you. Here we will learn how to describe people, actions, and situations. The main grammatical topics are the structure of a simple sentence, the comparison degrees of adjectives, short and full forms of adjectives, concessive clauses, etc.
About Russia and Russians
30 hours
How many stereotypes are there about Russians? Lots! We will explore which are myths and which are realities. You will learn how to describe the country and its citizens, and how to express and argue your opinions. You will learn about the structure of complex sentences and subordinate clauses, and direct and indirect speech.
About you and the world around you
20 hours
We will learn how to describe a problem, look for its reasons, and offer solutions. In this module you will learn about active and passive constructions in Russian. You will practise ways to express causes and effects in simple and complex sentences based on texts about environmental issues.
About you and scientific progress
20 hours
Can gadgets take over the world ? Would you like to discuss the impact of civilization on humans? Then this module is for you! Here in this module we listen to the news and read articles from Russian newspapers, magazines and from the Internet. We talk about the relation between objects and phenomena. We learn how to use and transform participles and gerunds.
"Siberian Holidays" (summer and winter schools)
Russian for beginners (A1-A2)
30 hours
By the end of this course, you will know how to: - start communication, get acquainted with other people and use etiquette phrases; - ask questions, speak about facts, objects and people, express desire, request, agreement, disagreement, or refusal, and make an invitation; - communicate in Russian at university, in a library / store / bank / cafe / transport/ post office or in the street.
Basic Russian (B1-B2)
30 hours
By the end of this course, you will know how to: - talk on the following subjects: about yourself, family, friends, study or work, your working day and spare time, your country, its capital, your native town, health and weather; - study in Russian at any Russian university, talk on politics, arts, education, etc.
Advanced Russian (C1-C2)
30 hours
By the end of the course, you will know how to: - talk about subjects that are relevant to you as a person (family, work, leisure, men and women, parents and children, travel, vacation and hobbies); - talk about professional subjects; - talk about social and cultural topics (people and society, politics, economy, people and science, people and arts); - talk about subjects associated with general problems of humanity (people and nature, spiritual development of man, people and space, etc.).
- You are Russians, but live abroad? - Your children hear Russian only at home and are not fluent in Russian? - You are too busy to teach your kids their mothertongue, but you want them to remember their culture? If so, the course “Russian for kids” will be of interest to you.
Russian for children from Russian-speaking families living abroad. For bilingual children
Russian for kids aged 5-6
16 hours
40 minutes twice a week (2 months). You will: - learn the Russian alphabet; - learn new words and be able to use them; - be able to see images and phenomena behind words and phrases; - get familiar with some examples of Russian folk art.
Russian for kids aged 7-8
16 hours
45 minutes twice a week (2 months). You will: - improve your knowledge of the Russian grammar and spelling; - learn how to read and write in Russian; - learn simple grammar constructions; - know how to talk about yourself and your family, your city, your hobbies, etc.; - learn about Russia /expand your knowledge about Russia, its geography and history.
Russian for kids aged 9-11
16 hours
45 minutes twice a week (2 months). You will: - improve your knowledge of the Russian grammar and spelling; - learn new words and be able to use them in everyday conversations; - be able to understand a variety of Russian texts and to see images, events and phnomena behind words and phrases; - improve your knowledge about Russia, its geography and history.
Russian for kids aged 12-14
22 hours
60 minutes twice a week (2 months). You will: - improve your knowledge of the Russian grammar and spelling; - learn new words and be able to use them in everyday conversations; - be able to understand a variety of texts in Russian and to see images, events and phenomena behind words and phrases; - improve your knowledge about Russia, its geography and history.
Russian from scratch (Russian as a foreign language for kids)
Russian for kids aged 5-6 (the first year of study)
16 hours
40 minutes once or twice a week. You will: - learn words referring to some topics (for example, “Clothes”, “Vegetables”, “Fruit” and others); - know how to use some verbs in everyday conversations; - learn the names of colours; - know how to count in Russian; - learn how to ask and answer simple questions (Who is this?/What is this? Where? What kind of? What are they doing? How much?, etc.).
Russian for kids aged 7-8 (the second year of study)
16 hours
45 minutes twice a week. You will: - learn how to read and write in Russian; - understand some basic elements of the Russian grammar / learn simple grammar constructions; - get familiar with some examples of Russian folk art.
Russian for kids aged 9-11 (the third year of study)
16 hours
45 minutes twice a week. You will: - improve your knowledge of the Russian grammar and spelling; - learn new words and be able to use them in everyday conversations; - be able to understand a variety of texts in Russian and to see images, events and phenomena behind words and phrases; - improve your knowledge about Russia, its geography and history.
Russian for kids aged 12-14 (the fourth year of study)
22 hours
60 minutes twice a week. You will: - improve your knowledge of the Russian grammar and spelling; - learn new words and be able to use them in everyday conversations; - be able to understand a variety of texts in Russian and to see images, events and phenomena behind words and phrases; - improve your knowledge about Russia, its geography and history.
Russian culture for kids. Studying Russian in an interesting way
Russian fairytales, the required level is basic and above
8 hours
45 minutes once a week. The aim of the course is improving knowledge in the field of culture-through-language studies with the help of Russian folk tales, as well as presenting some grammar phenomena typical for the spoken language. You will: - get familiar with some Russian folk tales; - learn about some grammar phenomena typical for the spoken language.
Let’s listen to and sing Russian songs! The required level is basic and above
8 hours
45 minutes once a week. The aim of the course is developing phonetic skills, broadening of students’ outlook based on analysis of the texts of Russian songs / improving students’ knowledge about the country through Russian songs. You will: - get familiar with a number of Russian songs; - master rhythmic reading; - expand your knowledge about Russian culture and history.
Let’s watch Russian cartoons! The required levels are elementary and basic (groups are assembled in accordance with the age and level)
8 hours
45 minutes once a week. The aim of the course is improving students’ knowledge about the country through watching and discussing Russian cartoons and short films (“Yeralash”). You will: - expand your knowledge about Russian culture; - know about teenagers’ life in Russia; - learn some vocabulary and grammar constructions typical for the spoken Russian language.
Let’s travel to Russia! For teens. The required level is basic and above.
10 hours
60 minutes once a week. The aim of the course is improving students’ knowledge about the country through reading and discussing texts focused on culture, as well as developing communicative competence. You will: - expand your knowledge about Russia, its geography and history; - learn about extraordinary cities; - see the sights in both European and Asian parts of Russia; - try yourself out as a tour guide to present any landmark you like.
This study program is designed for foreigners interested in establishing business contacts with Russian partners. Each module touches upon various aspects of business communication as well as working on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Russian for Business (B1)
Academic Russian for engineers (A2+)
We Teach Engineering Students the Language of Science
36 hours
This module aims to introduce engineering students to the Russian scientific language. The module includes vocabuary and grammar of science, the most common speech patterns used in engineering texts, and touches on the structure of a scientific text, and rules of reporting research results.
From the Abstract to the Thesis: the Language of Science for Engineers
36 hours
The aim of this module is to develop engineering students’ reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in academic communication. Within the module you’ll learn how to use a variety of vocabulary and grammar in order to outline your research, define concepts, describe processes, accurately and logically present results, and take part in scientific discussions.
Academic Writing for Engineers
36 hours
This module aims to develop your academic writing skills in Russian. It includes basic speech patterns of engineering texts and the structure of scientific texts of different genres. You will learn how to describe processes: graphs, charts and diagrams, and to produce different genred texts in a scientific style.
Training: Preparing for a Defense of a Science Project
20 hours
This module aims to develop public speaking skills in a variety of situations: an oral examination or a course paper, creative projects or a thesis defence. You will learn how to write texts for different events, make effective presentations and answer questions.
Language for special purposes (A2-B1)
The Properties and Features of Objects
10 hours
This module is designed for students who study physics and/or chemistry in Russian. Within this module students will get to know grammar patterns used in the Russian language to describe properties of a substance and features of objects. Students will learn how to read and understand technical texts, and to describe properties and features of objects.
Cause and Effect
10 hours
This module will focus on verbal nouns, processual verbs, synonymous transformation of grammatical models with the “cause and effect” meaning, and modification of sentences with the meaning “the object and its processual feature”. You will know how to survive hurricanes! You will learn about causes and effects of hurricanes as well as ways to combat them.
Functions and Purposes of Objects
8 hours
This module is designed for students who study computer science in Russian. Within this module students will study verbal nouns and passive verbs, and learn about grammatical models used in Russian to describe functions, purposes and objectives. Students will know how to talk about how a computer works and what functions it has.
Technology of Machine Building
10 hours
This module is designed for students who study machine building and material science in Russian. Students will get to know a lot of special vocabulary, forms of participles, verbs with prefixes, grammatical ways of expressing a purpose, dependency relation, and object qualification. Students will acquire skills of reading, listening and taking notes while listening.
The Automatic Control Theory
8 hours
This module is aimed at students who study the course of the same name. Students will become familiar with a lot of special vocabulary and grammar with the meanings of attributive relation, purpose, and qualification of an object or phenomenon.
Physical and Natural Phenomena and their Characteristics
8 hours
This module is aimed at students who study physics and/or chemistry in Russian. Within the module students will get to know grammar patterns used in the Russian language to describe the properties of physical phenomena. They will learn new words and phrases: processual verbs and vebal nouns. Students will learn how to read and understand technical texts as well as characterize natural phenomena.
Russian for Business (B1)
Meeting and Negotiating
24 hours
This module consists of two parts. Part 1 aims to introduce students to the specific features of negotiating in Russian in the office or over the phone. The aim of Part 2 is to develop the skills of public speaking (at a work meeting, exhibition opening, etc.)
Financial Management
36 hours
This module aims to teach students how to discuss key financial issues in Russian. You will know how to solicit prices from suppliers, contact banks, and apply for insurance. What’s more, you’ll master language competences needed to choose a real estate property, and you’ll be able to get information about Russian tax law as well as shares and bonds on Russian stock exchanges.
Business Correspondence in Russian
18 hours
This module is aimed at introducing theoretical information needed to write texts of business comunication, getting to know written speech patterns used in business communication, and using the acquired knowledge in practice. You will learn how to write commercial letters (requests, complaints, etc.), information letters (messages, notifications, invitations, reminders, etc.), and etiquette letters (letters of congratulations and gratitude).
Planning. Time Management
20 hours
This module consists of two parts. Part 1 introduces students to goal-setting and planning. In Part 2 students will learn about time management and different approaches to it. Each part includes texts, audio and video materials, and tasks.
The Language of Advertisement. Advertisement as a Special Genre of Business Communication
24 hours
Within the module students will learn about the special features of the language and structure of ad texts as well as examples of relevant and well-known ads. Students will analyze promotional messages of some popular goods and services, and create their own Russian advertising messages based on special vocabulary and grammar studied.
This program is intended for students who would like to get to know the format of the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) I and II. Students will learn about the requirements, structure and format of the tests, assessing and subtest retaking conditions, learning materials and Internet resources for the test preparation in a interactive way. The modules include introducing types of tasks and analyzing the most complicated ones. The teachers are certified testers. We use the open variants of TORFL-I and TORFL-II as well as resources developed by TPU teachers.
TORFL-I (B1)
Vocabulary. Grammar
20 hours
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the grammar and vocabulary minimum required to pass TORFL-I. They will do example tasks which are included in the test.
Reading
18 hours
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the topics and text types given at the reading subtest, as well as various reading strategies needed to pass TORFL-I.
Writing
18 hours
Within the module students will analyze basic types of TORFL-I written tasks, learn about assessment criteria, and know how to write texts in accordance with the TORFL-I curriculum.
Listening
18 hours
This module is aimed at introducing the requirements of TORFL-I. Students will analyze some basic types of the listening subtest and listen to some basic types of the TORFL-I audiotexts.
Speaking
20 hours
The aim of this module is to introduce the requirements of the speaking subtest. Students will improve their monologue and dialogue speaking skills.
TORFL-II (B2)
Vocabulary. Grammar
20 hours
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the grammar and vocabulary minimum required to pass TORFL-II. They will do example tasks included in the test and learn about key grammar and vocabulary topics.
Reading
18 hours
This module is beneficial to students who are getting ready to take the TORFL-II reading subtest. They will get to know topics and text types given at the reading subtest, and do the open TORFL-II tasks and practice tests developed by TPU teachers.
Writing
18 hours
Within the module students will learn about the requirements of the writing subtest, basic types of tasks, and the assessment criteria.
Listening
18 hours
This module includes introducing skills necessary for the TORFL-II listening comprehension. Students will learn about recommended documents and methodological materials, when preparing for the test, using basic types of audiotexts and listening tasks.
Speaking
20 hours
The aim of this module is to introduce the requirements of the speaking subtest. The authors of the course will teach you about the speaking subtest assessment criteria, and help you to complete some speaking tasks of the open TORFL-II tests and practice tests developed by TPU teachers.
This program includes the original courses of TPU teachers of the Russian language, literature and culture.
Russian Language
Take off in Russian (A1). Part 1.
36 hours
This course focuses on preparing students in the programme to ensure effective multicultural communication in practical and managerial functions. Students will be able to establish and maintain social contacts in standard everyday situations and know a minimum requirement of language tools.
Take off in Russian (A1). Part 2.
36 hours
This course focuses on preparing students in the programme to ensure effective multicultural communication in practical and managerial functions. Students will be able to establish and maintain social contacts in standard everyday situations and know a minimum requirement of language tools.
Phraseology (B1)
36 hours
Want to know about the culture and values of the Russian people? Study phraseology! Phraseological units reflect traditions, everyday life, history and a worldview of a people. You will know what “porridge in the mouth” and “porridge in the head” mean, and why porridge is there. We will consider various thematic groups of fixed phrases, and learn idioms from different areas of life. And of course, we will create our own texts using Russian idioms.
Practical Phonetics (A1)
36 hours
Our course is more about practice than theory. We’ll learn how to pronounce specific Russian sounds and difficult combinations of sounds. We’ll know that not all sounds are pronouced in a word. We’ll write phonetic dictations, practice tongue-twisters and expressively read works of belles-letres. We will reveal secrets of the Russian accent and intonation.
“This is a live broadcast from Russia”: the Language of Mass Media (B1)
18 hours
You cannot imagine our modern society without mass media. Journalism is called “the fourth power” because mass media manipulates us. That is why it is essential to learn to read newspapers and listen to news in order to make choices and decisions. This module is intended for advanced students who want to understand the languge of mass media.
"Welcome to Russia!"
18 hours
We are happy to present you a new intensive course for tourists, travellers and all people that are planning a trip to our country. Upon completion of this course you will feel more confident in everyday situations that a newcomer comes across in a foreign country. You will know how to check in at a hotel, go shopping, sightseeing or eating out in Russia as well as how to ask for directions. You will learn more about the country and its landmarks.
Russian Literature
The World of the Russian Fairy-tale (B1)
36 hours
All Russians are brought up on the Russian fairy-tales. They reflect ideals of the Russian person, their family life, traditions and the symbols of the Russian culture. We will read magical fairy-tales, tales of everyday life, fairy-tales for children and tales about animals. We will get to know main characters and typical plots. The course also includes tasks on phonetcis, word-building, vocabulary and grammar.
Literature of the 19th century: from Pushkin to Chekhov (B1)
36 hours
This module is intended for philological students as well as all those who appreciate the Russian literature. The exciting journey to the world of the texts of outstanding authors awaits you.
Literature of the 20th century: from I. Bunin to A. Solzhenitsyn (B1)
36 hours
Within the module you will get to know works of the Silver Age poets: A. Bloсk, А. Akhmatova, V. Mayakovsky, М. Bulgakov, B. Pasternak, and J. Brodsky as well as a review of modern Russian literature (on your choice).
Russian Culture
Russian Treasure Chest (А2+)
36 hours
This module is intended for those who are interested in Russian culture and want to know Russian everyday and cultural life. You’ll learn about the key concepts of Russian culture and typical peculiarities of the Russian national character. Alongside with that you will improve your Russian speaking skills: revise the most common grammar constructions enabling you to make your own statement.
Linguistic and Cultural Studies (В2)
24 hours
Improve your Russian using linguistic and cultural information! Part 1 will teach you about Russia and Russian people, history, geography, traditions, culture and everyday life in our country. Part 2 includes history and culture of big Russian regions and cities.