If the students already have prior knowledge at the beginning of the foreign language course, e.g. buried school knowledge, our teachers first carry out a placement test in spoken and written Russian in order to objectively assess the linguistic starting point, so that the students are neither under-challenged nor over-challenged in the language lessons. This is followed by a needs analysis, which shows which main topics (e.g. teaching everyday vocabulary, tourist vocabulary, regional studies, colloquial/technical language) and which language activities (e.g. speaking freely, listening comprehensively, reading, understanding, and translating texts, composing written messages) are of central importance to the learner in Russian lessons.
The placement test
and needs analysis form the basis for the individual design of the syllabus and the selection or compilation of teaching material for the Russian language course. The content and method of language teaching are adapted to the needs, wishes, objectives, and prerequisites of the individual learner.
If the learner has little or no previous knowledge of the Russian language, the simplest basic linguistic aspects such as sentence formation (syntax), pronouns, simple conjugations and declensions, elementary everyday vocabulary, numbers, the alphabet, phonetic formation in the foreign language .... are covered first.
If the pupils do not wish otherwise, foreign language training is carried out in the Russian language in spoken and written form, whereby not only linguistic knowledge (vocabulary, idioms, grammar, etc.) is taught, but also the language skills of speaking freely, understanding, listening and reacting are systematically trained. The language activities listening – speaking – reading – writing are considered in context and practised in various situations. The language skills taught are directly applied in oral communication and thus consolidated and deepened. Free oral expression (monologue and dialogue) plays an important role in our language classes, in which topics of interest to the respective student are selected.
Regular progress tests in speaking and writing provide the teacher and student with feedback on progress made and orientation for further teaching and prioritisation in the Russian language course.
If the student already has a secure and ready-to-use basic knowledge of the Russian language, there is also the possibility to orientate the language training fully or partially towards a specific profession or subject, e.g. courses in Russian for business (e.g. "Business Russian"), commerce, technology, natural sciences, computer science, law, tourism, hotel and catering, gastronomy, medicine...
Russian courses at our language school can also serve as preparation for specific events and plans of a professional or private nature, e.g. an upcoming holiday or business trip, study abroad, a job or business activity abroad, a job or job interview in Russian, foreign language conferences, trade fairs, specialized presentations...