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Russian courses:

Online Cambridge Russian Course 28-29 Nov & 5-6 Dec

We are delighted to announce that, by popular demand, we are re-running our online Russian course that took place at the end of August 2020.

This course is short and spread out, to avoid both the physical and psychological strain of computer work. A major advantage is that you will be able to enjoy the online lessons without having to travel or commute, and you can join us from any ‘corner’ of the globe.

Students of ANY LEVEL OF RUSSIAN are most welcome!

Scroll down to read testimonials from previous attendees.

  • Daily themes
  • Interactive teaching groups formed according to the students’ levels of Russian
  • Considerate and flexible individual approach
  • Supportive and inspirational atmosphere that we aspire to create online!
  • 4 mornings (10am – 1pm) on 2 consecutive weekends + extra-curricular evening programme
Saturday 28th November – Sunday 29th November

& Saturday 5th December – Sunday 6th December

FEE: £120

15% discount for students in full-time education: £102

LEVEL: Any, from beginners to fluent

PARTICIPANTS: We warmly welcome anyone aged 15+, including those in the middle of their A-levels and those starting or doing a university course linked to Russian history, politics, literature or art. There is no upper age limit!

10:00 – 10:50 – Lesson 1
11:10 – 12:00 – Lesson 2
12:20 – 13:10 – Lesson 3
NEW: Optional Phonetics Club in the afternoon (provisionally 15:30-16:00)
“Learn to speak Russian without an accent”, using Russian classical poetry and folk songs
19:30 – 21:00 – Evening Programme

The evening programme will include a talk, a short film and discussion, and an interactive quiz.

28th Nov – An Evening of Introductions (in both languages).

29th Nov – Short Film in Russian (with subtitles), followed by discussion.

5th Dec“Translating Mandelshtam” (in English): an introduction to the life and work of the Russian poet Osip Mandelshtam (1891-1938). A talk by Keith Sands who will look closely at Mandelshtam’s poems and discuss approaches to their translation. Keith Sands lived in Russia for most of the years 1996-2005 working as an English language teacher, and now lives in Cambridge working in publishing. He has translated a number of Osip Mandelshtam’s later poems, which have been published in two pamphlets by Equipage: 17 Voronezh Poems (2013) and Unknown Soldier (2020). 

6th Dec – A Fun Quiz (in both languages) and Goodbyes.

  • 12 hours of language tuition in small groups, with a strong focus on speaking, listening, reading, and grammar – all in a fun and creative way.
  • Much emphasis on interaction, group work, role-play and discussions.
  • Enrich your vocabulary, learn idioms, brush up your grammar, immerse yourself in conversation and improve pronunciation.
  • All levels – from Beginners to Fluent, based on an initial assessment test.
  • Tutors are all native speakers – experienced, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and considerate.

The online teaching platform to be used is Zoom.

Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Extra Zoom training will be offered to those who are less familiar with it (let us know in the enrolment form).

  1. Please click here to fill in the online enrolment formas soon as you can.
  2. You will be asked to kindly transfer the full payment at least three weeks in advance (which includes a non-refundable deposit of £50), i.e. by 7th November the latest.

WITH ANY QUERIES  please contact us on or +44 (0)781 510 1481.

Please note that places are allocated on a first come – first served basis, so it is advisable to book as early as possible.

OUR TEACHERS: Anna Nerukh, Elena McKain, Marina Burrell, Ellina Konovalova, Vera Grantham, Ioulia Ignatievskaia, and Tanya Yurasova – all look forward to hearing from you soon!

I am just getting in touch to say thank you very much for the summer school as I really do think that it was great. It has improved my Russian a lot and now I feel much more confident starting my A-levels after having stopped lessons due to Coronavirus. I really enjoyed the evening activities and it was great to meet so many like-minded people. Please also express my thanks to all the other teachers as well as they were fantastic.” (Hannah N)

As a first-time student on the Cambridge Russian course, I wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to you and all the teachers on the course.  I really enjoyed the two weekends and I think that the preparation that you all put into the course made the online version almost as good as if we were there in person.  I have kept all the materials which I’m sure will be very useful in my further studies of the Russian language & culture.” (Martin F)

I take this chance to tell you that I am really enjoying every single aspect of the course: the lessons are very high quality and great fun; as well as the evenings. Thank you so much for making it possible even during this pandemic. Please extend my “thank you” to all the teachers and the other organisers.” (Elizabeth L)

Курс был прекрасный. Вы все работали усердно, чтобы добиться успеха.” (Charlie L)

I very much enjoyed the course as ever, and thank you and your colleagues for their effort and teaching. It was lovely to see all the friendly faces of the inspiring teachers. I hope I shall be able to participate in the next year’s programme because of its high standard and friendliness.” (Nedeljka K)

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