Russian language levels and testing system
To understand the study process of the “Enjoy Russian” language school read the information about the system of levels of the Russian language.
There are six levels of the Russian language proficiency:
A1 (Элементарный – Elementary) – You start from complete 0 (from the alphabet) and reach a survival level.
A2 (Базовый – Basic) – You extand your vocabulary and learn how to freely speak about simple topics.
B1 (ТРКИ-1 – Первый сертификационный уровень – The first certificate level) – You are able to talk about politics, economics, social problems and other serious topics;)
B2 (ТРКИ-2 – Второй сертификационный уровень – The second certificate level) – You understand the difference between the colloquial and written Russian, can use slang and read newspapers and magazines.
C1 (ТРКИ-3 – Третий сертификационный уровень – The third certificate level) – You can do researches in different branches of science, using the Russian language, use very specific vocabulary.
C2 (ТРКИ-4 – Четвёртый сертификационный уровень – The fourth certificate level) – You are like a native Russian speaker! Congratulations!
When you apply for the Russian language course at the “Enjoy Russian” language school, you do an entry grammar and vocavulary test that helps us to determine your level and place you to the right group. The right group for you is a group of students that are approximately of the same level as yours. And being in this level group means that you’ll study the material that will let you increase your level.
When you arrive, the education coordinator of the school will test your level of oral speaking. Sometimes the written test does not show us the whole picture, because some people don’t know the grammar very well, but speak amazingly great. If such thing happens we of course let the student go to a higher level group if he/she wants. We always ask the students if they feel comfortable in their group and propose them to try the other groups if needed.
The textbooks are carefully chosen to meet the requirements of all of the students. We use the same Russian language textbooks for foreigners that are used in universities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Our teachers also prepare extra material if needed in order to make the lessons more interesting, useful and fun.
The lessons are conducted from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. So, the students have 4 academic hours of the Russian language lesson a day. It’s quite intensive, but some of our students want to have even more lessons, so they take extra individual classes in addition to the group lessons.
On every Friday you’ll have a test on the material that was learned during the week. It helps you to summarise the grammar and vocabulary points and feel your progress.
Finally, at the end of the course we propose you to pass a sample test equal to the international TORFL test (The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) that is designed for foreign citizens compliant with the best European quality standards. It allows you to find out your exact level of the Russian language by aspects: grammar and vocabulary, speaking, listening, writing and reading. It’s a great chance for you to prepare for the real International TORFL exam, which certificate is acknowledged all over the world. As a result of the test you’ll be awarded with a certificate of compliance of the Russian language course in the “Enjoy Russian” language school with your language level written in it.