Russian courses – Survey

Our method encourages our students to actively participate in our courses. Right from the beginning, we use dialogues, exercises, videos, pictures und grammar to establish an active line of communication with our students.
Our evening courses take place in a nice relaxing and communicative atmosphere, so that you can comfortably learn the language without any stress.

Our language school offers Russian language courses on all levels.
On each of the courses we only have a maximum of eight people.
In this way each of the lecturer can give their undivided attention to his/her participants.

Common European Framework of Reference – CEFR

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, abbreviated as CEFR, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe. It was put together by the Council of Europe with the main aim to provide a method of assessing and teaching which applies to all languages in Europe.

We give you an overview of the six reference levels:

Level: Description
A1, Elementary Level Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.The Elementary Level (A1) of Russian language recognizes the ability for a foreigner to deal with native speakers, at a basic level, in a limited number of daily situations and with a minimal set of linguistic resources.
A2, Basic Level Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can read short, simple texts, and find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus, timetables, and short personal letters. Can write short, simple notes and messages. Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.The volume of known vocabulary should reach a minimum of 1300 words.
The Basic Level (A2) of Russian language indicates the ability for a foreigner to deal with native speakers in a number of daily situations. This level is a necessary step to reach the first level of general proficiency in Russian. This level also provides the necessary basis for any professional activity or employment to a certain extent. It is required to obtain the Russian citizenship.
B1, First Level Intermediate Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (family, hobbies, work, travel, and current events). Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.The volume of known vocabulary should reach a minimum of 2300 words.

The first level (B1) of Russian language certifies an intermediate communicative competency in various social, domestic, cultural, educational and professional environments.

This certificate is required for admission to any university on the territory of the Russian Federation, given that the candidate continues studying the Russian language (according on standards of education).

In such a case, the candidate must, apart from the level B1 exam, pass an additional Russian language examination according to his/her professional field of study.

B2, Second Level (Upper Intermediate) Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. Can understand television programs and films without too much effort. Can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining personal views. Can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to personal field of interest.

The volume of known vocabulary should reach a minimum of 10000 words.

The second level (B2) of Russian language certifies a fairly high level of communicative competency in all spheres. This level allows a foreigner to practice a professional activity in Russia as a specialist in engineering, science and humanities (with the exception of professions such as philologists, translators, editors, journalists, diplomats, managers leading a Russian-speaking team).

This certificate is required to obtain bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in the fields listed above.

C1, Third Level (Advanced) Can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly. Can understand television programs and films without too much effort. Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. Can select style appropriate to the reader in mind. Students can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. Can formulate ideas and opinions with precision.The volume of known vocabulary should reach a minimum of 12000 words, 7000 of which are part of the student’s active vocabulary.

The third level (C1) of Russian language testifies a high level of communicative competency in all environments. This level provides an opportunity for candidates to conduct a professional activity in Russia as translator, editor, journalist, diplomat, or manager of a Russian-speaking team.

This certificate is necessary for obtaining Diplomas, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. Degrees (with the exception of the master’s degree in philology).

C2, Fourth Level (Proficiency) Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialized articles and literary works. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can write clear, smoothly-flowing text in an appropriate style. Can write complex letters, reports, or articles which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. Can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.The volume of known vocabulary should reach a minimum of 20000 words, 8000 of which are part of the student’s active vocabulary.

The fourth level (C2) of Russian language recognizes the fluency of an applicant, close to the level of an educated native speaker.

This certificate is needed to obtain a master’s degree in philology, allowing you to professionally teach and conduct research in the given field.

Different goals und needs ask for different approaches to language learning.
Meridian offers you the solution that suits you best!

Here is a list of different offers from our school. You can also combine these courses with each other!

Who was Anna Karenina?
In our conversation courses we shall read Russian newspapers and Russian literature. We are going to learn by watching Russian television as well as movies. This way you shall learn a lot about the land and its people.

Learn Russian for business purposes
As a special offer for companies and business people we offer small group courses, individual courses and coaching courses. You are not only going to learn the language itself, but also gather knowledge of interesting Russian customs and traditions.

Russian for children
We are the only language school in Vienna that offers Russian courses for children starting at the age of four. The language is taught in an age-appropriate fashion.
They shall learn the language very fast.

Enjoy an intense „Russian weekend“
Once a month you have the option to attend a Russian crash course during the weekend. This is perhaps the best preparation if you are planning to go for a holiday in Russia.

Russian language certificates
We can organise a study course for you if you would like to prepare for the State recognized Russian language certificate, ТРКИ/TRKI [Тест по русскому языку как иностранному/Test po russkomu jazyku kak inostrannomu]

Individual courses
You can of course come to our language school to learn the Russian language individually with one of our lecturers, which is a very effective and effiecient way to learn the language.

Information to all Russian courses on our language school:
Tel.: 01/ 907 64 15 oder

Come to our free orientation meeting!

We offer all people who are interested the possibility to attend a class for free to see if what you are looking for is here, in Meridian. Book an appointment today!
If you already have some knowledge of the Russian language then you have the option to fill out a placement test in order for us to determine what level you are, so that you can go to a class that fits your standards. Here you can find a:
Russian placement test.