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Russian Language and Culture: Post-Beginners Evening Course

6 October 2016 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Enrol Now

Overview: Russian is best learnt when both written and oral language skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week intermediate course designed to reinforce novice-level proficiency and to develop intermediate-level skills necessary for deepening communication in Russian. In addition to the sessions we shall also have some free cultural fieldtrips and master classes. I shall try to arrange a Karori cemetery tour where I shall tell you many fascinating stories connected with Russia, the NZ Archives tour where you will be able to browse through once classified Russia-New Zealand files and documents, a tour of Russian Orthodox Church in Wellington, a Russian style lunch with Russian toasts and some other events.... .

Target audience: This course is for those with basic knowledge of Russia and the Russian language who would like to develop intermediate-level language skills and:. - are interested in Russia and the language and culture. - have a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia. - are planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken. - are interested in international science, maths, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts.. .

Learning objectives: By the end of the course, participants will have:. - enhanced their reading and writing skills in Russian gained a further understanding of Russian grammar. - learnt more vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:. - meeting people, talking about hobbies and professions,. - visiting people or inviting someone to their home. - making enquiries, requesting things, asking the time, visiting places (shops, restaurants, airports, stations). - talking about future plans and holidays. - gained further knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.. .

Course format: Two-hour classes are held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.. .

For Course outline and other details please see http://russiankeys.com/other-courses/upcoming-recent-courses/russian-language-and-culture-post-beginners

For further information: Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140. Phone 04 463 6556, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening Address NZSTI Annual Conference 2015

“Sleepwalking towards conflict?” The role of the interpreter in revolutionary times”, Stuart Prior, Keynote Speaker
Wellington, Saturday 27 June 2015

E NGA MANA
E NGA WAKA
E NGA RAU RANGATIRA MA
HUI NOA A TENEI WHARE
TENA KOUTOU, TENA KOUTOU, TENA KOUTOU KATOA
Thank you very much, Mr Chairman and members of the NZSTI, for the privilege of addressing you this morning. I should like to acknowledge two special guests – interpreters from Afghanistan – and to thank them for their service to New Zealand.
I should like to begin with a quotation from the late Gunter Grass.
In his last interview, with El País, Gunter Grass commented:
“There is war everywhere; we run the risk of committing the same mistakes as before; so without realising it we can get into a world war as if we were sleepwalking.”
The theme of my address is simple: We live in revolutionary times. Change is happening everywhere, and at bewildering speed. To survive and prosper we as nation must – not should, not could – invest in our public policy. This requires two things: a clear understanding of our national interests today, and in the long-term, and an investment in the public policy needed to protect and enhance those interests.
This requires investment, above all, in people. The interface between New Zealand and the world requires investment in people who are professionally trained to act as bridges between the nations and peoples with whom New Zealand and New Zealanders are bound to interact. The professions of diplomacy and the related profession of interpreter are, in my view, “Siamese twins”. We have neglected the former, to our disadvantage, and we have largely ignored the latter.

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Short Course in Conversational Russian

Starts APR 23 2015, 6 weeks, Thursdays 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Wellington, Seatoun (Karaka Bays) Presenter: Olga Suvorova Cost: $180.00 to Register please email Olga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
Overview: Effective communication and self-expression are the focus of this six-week conversational intermediate level course which is designed to give you further language skills necessary for communicating in Russian, and the confidence to do so.
 
Learning objectives:

This time we shall concentrate mainly on reading, watching (listening and video) and discussing in Russian current international events and news of culture, politics and trade (only most exciting and interesting =) In the end of this short course we are having our traditional master class and tasting of Russian dumplings.

Course format: This series of 90 min classes is held on Thursday evenings over six weeks. Some before-hand vocabulary notes will be offered to the students. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring refreshments if you wish. Tea and coffee with biscuits served.

Teacher: Olga Suvorova has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and an MA Hons in Linguistics from Lomonosov Moscow State University. She has extensive experience in working with international leaders in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Russia. Olga is married to a New Zealander and works in both New Zealand and Moscow.

Class limit: This course is limited to a maximum of 6 participants, so please enrol early. For further information: Dr Olga Suvorova. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course: An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture 2015

Starting 11 June 2015 8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Victoria University of Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee $160.00 incl GST
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date $180.00 incl GST
$200.00 incl GST
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Overview:
Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.

Target audience:
This course is for beginners and those with limited knowledge of Russia who wish to gain an introduction to its language and culture. It is for anyone who:
is interested in Russia and the language and culture
has a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia
is planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will have:
acquired basic reading and writing skills in Russian
gained a basic understanding of Russian grammar (nouns – gender and some cases; verbs (present tense); adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)
learnt basic vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
introducing themselves and their family and friends
expressing likes and/or dislikes and requesting things (in shops and restaurants)
visiting places (reading signs, staying at hotels, making enquiries)
gained general knowledge of Russian culture and the way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Course outline:
Week 1: Introduction to the Russian language; the alphabet, stress and vowels; basic geographic names; greetings and good byes; diversity of the region (video and discussion)

Week 2: Basic reading and writing skills; nouns, gender; asking simple questions and making simple statements in Russian; the Russian language and cultural identity (video and discussion)

Week 3: Pronouns; introducing yourself and your family; how and when to use first names and patronymics in Russia; “I” and “we” in Russian; home and family in the Russian world (video and discussion)

Week 4: Verbs; present tense; how to express likes and dislikes (including hobbies, interests); how to request things (in shops and restaurants); reading signs when travelling around Russia; hotel etiquette; tips for foreigners; Russian attitudes towards foreigners; cultural clashes

Week 5: + genitive “to have”; adverbs; numbers; finding your way around and asking for and understanding directions; asking about prices in shops; how to undertake business in modern Russia (video and discussion)

Week 6: Adjectives; colours; public holidays and months of the year; Russian literature, music and art; New Zealand–Russia untold stories (video and discussion)

Week 7: – how to make suggestions – to be able to, to know how to; making toasts in Russian; the Russian sense of humour and attitude towards smiling; Russian hospitality; myths about vodka (the “Russian antifreeze”) (video and discussion)

Week 8: Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement.

Course format:
This series of two-hour classes is held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, coffee/tea and biscuits provided.

Teacher:
Olga Suvorova has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Moscow State University and an MA Hons in linguistics from Lomonosov Moscow State University.She has extensive experience in working with international leaders in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Russia on cultural intelligence questions. Olga is married to a New Zealander and works in both New Zealand and Moscow.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, so please enrol early.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Русский язык и культура для детей - 2 (4-6 лет) / Russian language and culture for kids - 2 (4-6 yrs)

Начало в субботу, 17 января 2015 г с 10:45 до 11:45 утра, Веллингтон, Seatoun (Karaka Bays) Преподаватель: Ольга Суворова, Стоимость: $80 за 8 недель. Для записи напишите Ольге на This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Starts JAN 17 2015, Saturday, 8 weeks, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wellington, Seatoun (Karaka Bays) Presenter: Olga Suvorova Cost: $80.00 for the full course to Register please email Olga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Описание: Данный курс разработан с любовью и энтузиазмом для детей 4-6 лет с минимальным или некоторым знанием русского языка и культуры. Курс направлен на помощь в развитии родного языка и культуры (или языка и культуры одного из родителей) и проводится с помощью занимательных игр и творческих упражнений. Курс разработан для детей из русскоговорящих и двуязычных (русский и английский) семей, а также для усыновлённых детей. Занятия ведутся в основном на русском языке, и только при необходимости предлагается объяснение на английском.
Overview: The course is designed with love and enthusiasm for children aged 4-6 with minimum or some knowledge of Russian language and culture. It will help to develop heritage language and culture skills and enjoy the beautiful Russian folklore through fun games and creative activities. The course is designed for children from Russian and Kiwi-Russian (mono- and bicultural/bilingual) families, also from adoptive families. The Course will be led mainly in Russian with some English instructions for kids if/where needed.
Цели курса:

К концу курса маленькие участники:

• приобретут некоторые основы русского языка и культуры для обогащения своего культурного наследия. Мы понимаем, как важно детям данного возраста общаться на языке своей культуры со сверстниками.
Learning objectives:

By the end of the course, our small participants will have:

• acquired some basic Russian language and culture knowledge in order to enrich their cultural identity. The course recognises the particular importance to pre-school kids of being able to communicate with their peers in Russian.

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