Who is the Summer School for?
Summer School is ideal for students of any age. The only prerequisite is your desire to learn authentic Russian in unique settings of Russian North. We practice adaptive group language learning method: we teach Russian in groups (formed according to language proficiency level), the number of students within one group and the number of groups depending on the overall number of Summer School students.
What is the underlying logic of training course?
Training in Summer School relies on three mutually complementary programs geared towards optimal result.
Language Program integrates two methods of foreign language teaching. The one part is in effect a crash course where no other language than Russian is used in class, the other part is mediated by a foreign language (English, German, French depending on the group lineup). Language classes add up to 40 hours a week.
Arctic Region Studies Program is composed of several elective modules on the following:
- The Land of Pomors: Traditions and Culture;
- Russian North Political History;
- Exploring the Arctic;
- Orthodoxy in Russian North;
- Germans in Arkhangelsk
Elective modules are made up of lectures, guided tours and master-classes in various venues in the city both indoors and in the open air.
Why do we call it a crash course?
Language classes are delivered by high-qualified teachers with strong background in teaching Russian to foreign students. Lectures, guided tours and master-classes are delivered by professional guides and/or experts in a specific field.
Our counsellors are there to ensure students are looked after through Culture Studies and Entertainment Many of the counsellors are undergraduate students at the Northern Arctic Federal University and they know the cities well with all its nooks and crannies. The counsellors make sure students get the most out of their stay in Arkhangelsk.
This crash-course style exposure to various communicative contexts is key to helping students ease into Russian language authentic space.
Plan of a typical day at Summer School10.00 – 11.30 – Russian classes
11.30 – 11.45 – Coffee and tea break
11.45 – 13.15 – Russian classes
13.15 – 14.15 – Lunch break
14.15 – 16.00 – Visiting museums/exhibitions
16.00 – 19.00 – Free time
19.00 – 20.00 – Dinner time
20.00 – 22.00 – Entertainment Program (optional)