Liden & Denz

The Russian Language Teaching Method at Liden & Denz Moscow

The Premier Russian Language Institute: How We Teach

Liden & Denz’s experienced teachers all hold degrees in Linguistics or Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RKI), and are constantly learning and educating each other about new and innovative ways to deliver effective language instruction. Our teachers attend regular training sessions during which they review their teaching methods and discuss successes and challenges, work in teams to assess different teaching methods, and evaluate new teaching material to ensure the delivery of top-quality Russian courses. One of the results of this teacher collaboration is Я люблю русский язык, Liden and Denz’s self-developed textbook for beginner and elementary Russian students. Covering levels A0 through A2 (outlined below), this text serves as the foundation for a multi-faceted approach to Russian language training and includes standard text material, accompaniments for classroom instruction, and many audio files accessible by tablet or smartphone. [Download Sample Chapter] Our schools also have beautiful, modern facilities, with renovated classrooms, free WiFi, and student iPads to ensure that students are comfortable and equipped to maximise the results of their lessons.

Russian Language Studies in Moscow: How You Learn

Liden & Denz language courses are delivered through a communicative approach that combines social and historical context with a thorough and systematic grammatical approach to prepare students to apply their Russian skills in practical situations. This can include historical lessons, studying linguistics and etymology, role-playing, discussions, and even drawing. A communicative approach that highlights both everyday usage and a solid understanding of grammar is especially important due to the structure of the Russian language. Its non-fixed word order inflection system means that both the ending of a word and its placement in relation to others can change the meaning of a phrase. The Liden & Denz teaching approach allows students to develop both an intuitive and structural understanding of these components, strengthening their Russian skills. Students are presented with level-appropriate grammar concepts, moving from basic concepts to more complex work. For example, a student might begin by naming objects, then learn to describe locations, and then discuss actions with objects.

Russian Learning Programme Certificates: What You Earn

Students have multiple ways to ensure that their achievements at Liden & Denz are recognised.

  1. At the end of their time at Liden & Denz, all students will receive a certificate that includes their grade, course type, course dates, number of completed lessons, and level of proficiency achieved.
  2. Students who want a more widely-recognised form of recognition for their studies can opt to take the telc Russian language test. This exam is available for levels A1, A2, B1, and B2.
  3. Liden & Denz instructors are also qualified to prepare students for the TRKI state exams, if desired. These exams are taken at the university.

Russian Course Levels: What You Learn

Liden & Denz courses are divided into levels according to the European Language Portfolio. Students may pursue any of the lesson levels described below, with beginner to intermediate courses available all year, and upper-intermediate and advanced lessons open during the summer. As discussed on our course page, courses of all levels can be delivered in a variety of formats, depending on the needs of the student. The course information listed below is based on average progression times – some students may need more time to complete a level, and students in one-to-one courses will likely move through the levels more quickly. Are you unsure which level is the best fit for you? Contact us, or take our online test to find the perfect course to help you learn Russian.

A1 Elementary

The student can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed to satisfy concrete needs. Can engage in simple interactions, so long as the other party speaks slowly and clearly with patience.

B2 Upper Intermediate

The student can produce clear and detailed text on multiple subjects and can explain opinions related to topical issues. Is fluent enough that spontaneous interactions with native speakers are possible without difficulty for either party.

A2 Pre-Intermediate

The student can understand sentences and common expressions related to areas of immediate relevance, such as personal and family information, errands, or local geography. Can describe immediate needs and aspects of their own background in simple terms.

C1 Advanced

The student can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without obvious searching for expressions. Can demonstrate controlled use of language patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices to expound clear and detailed text on complex subjects. Is both flexible and effective in their use of language across contexts, including social, academic, and professional scenarios.

B1 Intermediate

The student can understand key familiar points related to work, school, leisure, etc. Can manage situations likely to arise while travelling, and can describe experiences, events, hopes, and ambitions. Can also motivate and justify different plans and points of view.

C2 Proficiency

The student has no difficulty understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, delivered quickly by a native speaker. Can appreciate films, plays, TV and the radio almost as fully as a native speaker, including humour, nuance, and implied meaning. Can express themselves spontaneously and clearly without sacrificing nuance and complexity. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, and reconstruct arguments into a coherent product.