For our team, it's an easy question. We've gained so much experience in teaching online that we are confident that we can offer an option for any kind of request.
In 2020 due to the pandemic, we searched for a way to switch to online so that it would suit every single person interested. Since 2004 we've been giving private online Russian language courses along with immersion programs. But as travelling became impossible, we understood that the individual classes are not for everybody. Especially today, with the lack of communication, when all people have realised how it's important to have a company.
So we started giving Russian speaking clubs three times a week according to certain topics: Soviet cartoons and films, classic and modern literature, and even swearing words. Participants liked the idea of discussions and sharing opinions, but the themes seemed too narrow, some participants asked for more grammar and more structured courses, plus many people found it too difficult to balance work, university or family and 3 lessons a week plus homework.
That's why we created group online Russian classes which started successfully in June 2020 and have been going very well since then. The main benefit of these courses is moving towards the next level of the language proficiency step by step in a small group of people from all over the world covering all language aspects (vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing). The 90-minute lessons take place twice a week and there is always a home task which takes around 2 hours a week plus extra tasks for the most motivated learners. Although we had many groups of different levels, some participants asked to consider courses that would be only once a week so that it would be easier for busy people.
So we've polled all our followers and came to the conclusion that those who have a goal to reach the next level, or pass TRKI exam, to study all language aspects deeply and slowly feel very comfortable in the groups, and one hour a week wouldn't work if we spoke about grammar rules, writing and reading comprehensions, etc., as real progress is achieved through hard and constant work, so the classes should be frequent and homework must be an important part of learning.
And those who study Russian as they're fond of it, of travelling and learning about Russian culture, they have another goal - to be able to speak without fear on various everyday topics, that's why they need a pure conversational course to improve their communication skills, start to understand Russian fluent speech without boring books or loads of grammar rules. That's how we created our current speaking clubs which will be a perfect decision for people who study by themselves, on offline evening classes or with private tutors and need more conversational practice, as well as for those who already have a sufficient level of grammar and vocabulary but need to keep the conversational level.