Levels and Methods
The teaching in Derzhavin Institute is based on the communicative approach that means that the students learn to use different speech patens that they see in authentic texts and learning situation. Taking the communicative approach where the academic situations are close to the real life situations as a basis, we also imply such methods as audiovisual, audiolingual, situational, etc. The variety of the methods serves to integrate all the language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) enabling the students to comprehend and produce different types of texts. The teaching is made on the sample texts that convey speech patterns and grammar samples. The grammar acquisition is realized in three stages: presentation (on the bases of the texts), practice (language exercises) and control (interaction and communication in the group).
The main objective of each Russian language programme at Derzhavin Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia) is to enable students to realize their full language potential by creating a challenging and engaging classroom environment. Russian language lessons are held in dynamic, innovative classes with a maximum of 10 students per group (average size 5). There is an emphasis on the learning and use of modern, colloquial Russian language.
The students studying Russian language at Derzhavin Institute are divided into groups according to their level of Russian language proficiency. Eleven carefully formulated language levels designed by the Russian Language School - from beginner to advanced – allow for accurate group placement.
On the first day at Derzhavin Institute, all the students studying Russian (except total beginners) take a placement test to ascertain their writing, listening and oral Russian language skills, so that we can place our students in the appropriate class for their language level.
|Common European Framework of Reference for Languages||US Levels||Our levels||Hours||Exam|
|Mastery C2||Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.||
|Effective Operational Proficiency C1||Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. 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 organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.||
|Vantage B2||Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. 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.||
|Threshold B1||Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce 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.||
|Waystage A2||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 communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.||
|Breakthrough A1||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.||
*Please bear in mind that the number of hours for each level is recommended and may vary depending on personal learning styles and personal language practice outside the school.