St. Petersburg is a city with a thriving economic core that draws many ambitious professionals from all over the world to work and live. For many, this cosmopolitan character is what makes St. Petersburg so appealing and accommodating. However, while the city certainly has many expats and a significant international business community, language barriers can persist, and pose particular challenges to professionals from abroad.
Expatriates know how important it is to have a working knowledge of Russian in order to advance their career here and maintain a high quality of life, socially and otherwise. Liden & Denz is also aware of this need, and has developed courses specifically meant to make Russian language training accessible and effective for expats, despite their tight professional schedules. With our experienced and highly-qualified team of instructors, learning Russian as an expat is more than possible.
When studying Russian for professional purposes, it is critical that you find the most high-quality, effective learning approach. While it may seem that seeking out a private tutor would provide the most tailored instruction – this is a very common choice among expats, as these tutors are often arranged by their employers – there are many compelling reasons why pursuing training at a certified Russian language institute is a better option.
Focused but flexible instruction. Expatriates who pursue their Russian learning programme at Liden & Denz can enrol in specialised group courses (see below), or any of our other group or One-to-One courses depending on the amount of instructor attention they want. However, unlike a private tutor, Liden & Denz makes it easy to change teachers if you would prefer another instructor.
Accreditations and licensing. Liden & Denz is a fully-licensed institution, meaning it falls under Russian legislation and can be accounted for as an official cost. It is also a member of EAQUALS, a language school accreditation body that carries out regular independent site inspections, and IALC, a language centre quality-assurance body. At Liden & Denz, you can be fully confident in the quality of your language training.
Flexible invoicing. Liden & Denz St. Petersburg invoices in Rubles for simplicity. We accept payment by credit card, bank transfer, or by invoicing a client’s own professional headquarters.
Cutting-edge teachers. Liden & Denz instructors regularly participate in teacher training sessions and attend seminars on language training techniques and developments. Our teachers are also regularly assessed by our Director of Studies through classroom monitoring, student feedback, and performance appraisals to ensure that we are offering only the best instruction to our students.
Expatriates may register for any of our courses at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg. However, the following programmes are tailored specifically to the needs of busy international professionals, and as such will likely be the best fit.
Our courses for expats are offered in a close-knit mini group format two days per week, either in the mornings or evenings. It is particularly beneficial for expatriates to learn Russian with each other as they often have similar strengths and weaknesses that diverge from the average Russian language student. For instance, new expats tend to have better listening and basic speaking skills, but lack reading, writing, and grammar skills. This programme has been developed specifically to address this imbalance, helping expats learn better and faster than they would in a more standard course.
Further, this course is also designed to accommodate the busy schedule and lifestyle that comes with most expats’ work. Students can join or leave a lesson during any week, as the course runs multiple levels at a time. Further, by attending classes in the morning or evening, students can keep their weekends open and avoid sacrificing their precious free time for their language programme. Learning Russian with other expats can also be a great way to meet like-minded professionals and expand your social circle, an exceptionally valuable opportunity for a professional who is new to St. Petersburg and just starting to build their network.
For the expat with a schedule too pressing for morning or evening classes, Liden & Denz’s in-company language training is an excellent solution. These courses take place at a student’s workplace in either group or individual sessions, depending on their needs. Based on an assessment test, in-company sessions will be structured based on student requirements, and can be taken in sequence or only once.
I was very impressed with the quality, service and professionalism of Liden & Denz and its instructors. The teachers individualized approach was just what I needed to help me move past a plateau and start making noticeable progress in Russian!
Robert Beddies General Manager Russia and CIS, Lufthansa Technik AG
As a diplomat I have had my language training at Liden & Denz and I always enjoyed their study methods as well as the helpfulness in practical matters. I have followed an intensive programme with Liden&Denz and now I can say that I feel very comfortable speaking Russian. I had various teachers which were taught me different aspects of the Russian language.
Achraf Bouali Dutch Ministry of Defense
The management team is very professional and the teachers have proved to be a true dedicated specialists with very deep knowledge of the subject; they are extremely adaptable to all needs and expectations of the students, bright, diligent and well organized with a gift for creative thinking. The whole team’s positive attitude and optimism make it a very pleasant experience to work with them. It’s been a pleasure for us to work with Liden &Denz both professionally and personally. In summary, I recommend this company without any reservations; we plan to continue using their services.
Anna Kurakova Director of the Mission Russia Post Language Program, US Embassy, Moscow