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Russian Language and Culture Level 1

Introduces both the spoken and the written language. The course emphasizes oral expression and listening comprehension; it is designed to give beginning students a practical command of the language. Topics covered include phonetics, grammatical gender, the nominative and prepositional cases, possessive forms, and introduction to verb conjugation. Communicative tasks will include: introducing yourself and others, talking about where you live and work, and naming and describing common objects such as clothing.

 

Russian Language and Culture Level 2

Introduces the accusative case, basic motion verbs, the past tense, and the days of the week and times of day. Students will be able to describe their daily activities as well as express what they have, want, and need. Communicative tasks will focus on hobbies, daily schedules, food, and furniture.

 

Russian Language and Culture Level 3

With the introduction of the genitive case, students will be able to express absence and attribution. Students continue building fluency with the verbs of motion, subjectless expressions, sentences of necessity and possibility, and some expressions of the future tense. Communicative tasks include making requests (in stores, restaurants) and solving problems created by absence.

 

Russian Language and Culture Level 4

Focuses on additional uses of the dative case and its forms, the accusative animate, short form adjectives, and verbal aspect. Topics include family, age, phone conversations, and physical and personal characteristics. Communicative tasks include describing friends and family, initiating and ending phone calls, and narration that contrasts past habits with present actions.

 

Russian Language and Culture Level 5

Introduces the instrumental case and continues work on verbal aspect and verbs of motion. Topics include health, holidays, and free time. Communicative tasks include going to the doctor, exchanging holiday greetings and making toasts, and planning holiday meals.

 

Russian Language and Culture Level 6

With the introduction of the genitive plural, students will have experience with all six cases. Students will progress to basic prefixed verbs of motion and the corresponding prepositions. Communicative tasks include describing a city or country, talking about transportation, and describing a trip or plans for a trip.

 

Conversational Russian

This is a program designed for students who already have a good command of the language. It works well for students of varying backgrounds and interests in Russian, including those who were born into a Russian-speaking family but have had no formal education in the language. Conducted entirely in Russian, the course can be tailored to fit the interests of the students. The chief aim of the course is to develop conversational skills by focusing on communication strategies, including the use of computer software and topical videos.

 

Text

Since communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Russian textbooks and have selected Beginner’s Russian (A. Kudyma, F. Miller, O. Kagan; Hippocrene Books) and Vputi! (O. Kagan & F. J. Miller; Prentice-Hall) as the ones that best fulfill the objectives of our students in beginning and intermediate levels. Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Currently,Beginner’s Russian can be purchased online through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.Vputi! is available online or at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the Russian program at all levels is $379. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in summer). Tuition for the daytime immersion program is $1,895.

Please note that our immersion program hours may change depending on how many students register for the course. 
 

Immersion Courses

Hours

3 or more students

90

2 students

72

1 student

40

 
 

 

Schedule

 

Class Schedules

Level

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Level 1

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Level 2

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 3

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 4

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 4

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 5

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 6

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conversation

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Immersion Schedules

Level

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Summer Class Schedules

Level

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm –2:15 pm

Level 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Level 2

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Level 2

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 4

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 5

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 6

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Summer Immersion Schedule

Level

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

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SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER OPEN HOUSES:

You are invited to our next Open Houses on
Tuesday, September 20 & Wednesday, October 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. at our
Kenmore Square Location, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Join our staff and teachers for refreshments and a helpful discussion of your needs.

Contact:

Jasmyne Raneri, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x229 jasmyne@bostonlanguage.com
Matthew Guzman, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x221 mguzman@bostonlanguage.com

Private
Programs

Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.

Immersion
Programs

Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.

Corporate
Programs

Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.