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Da or nyet?! Russian Language for Beginners

17 February 2020 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Enrol Now

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 suitable 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.

is interested in international science, math, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts

would like to gain knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Learning objectives: By the end of the course, you 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)

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 https://ce.victoria.ac.nz/courses/640-da-or-nyet-russian-language-for-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.  

The Vodka Room: Russian Book Club

Starting 11 June 2019
Victoria University of Wellington

Overview:

Explore Russian literature and its national character through Russian books. In this course you will discover the diversity and complexity of Russian poetry and prose with a chance to share your favourite works with the group. You will read English translations, though some may choose to read parallel texts (in both English and Russian). The discussions and lectures are in English. Poems and stories to be shared will be chosen by each participant and by the presenter.

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Target audience:

This Russian literature course is suitable for anyone who is interested in Russia and its language and culture and who enjoys reading and discussing Russian authors, both contemporary and classic.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course you will have:

 

Learnt about the main Russian literature styles, époques and the main Russian authors

Read and discussed several well-known Russian poems and stories

Shared your favourite passages from Russian books

Gained knowledge of Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Course outline:

Each session will include an introductory lecture with group discussion and opportunities for participants to share favourite Russian poems of stories they have chosen.

Session 1: Introduction to Russian literature.

Session 2: Russian Folklore (fairy tales, myths, byliny)

Session 3: Russian Poetry, the Golden and Silver Ages.

Session 4: Russian Prose. 18th – 19th Century

Session 5: Russian Prose. 20th – 21st Century

Session 6: Summary and discussion

 

There is a short break halfway through each session and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

 

Teacher:

Dr Olga Suvorova has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from one of the leading international universities, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and a MA in Linguistics (Distinction). She is the immediate past President of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters, Wellington Branch (2016-2018).

Testimonials:

“The course was varied in content & interesting for those with an interest in Russia. Olga is an engaging presenter who gave us a real feeling for things Russian”, Russia Today: Power, passion and pain participant (2017)

 

“Olga is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher which inspires and motivates you. She created a wonderful ambience for the course. Whilst the language is quite challenging to learn, Olga created an environment in which everyone felt comfortable participating”, An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture participant (2018)

 

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.

DaDa! Russian Language for Post-beginners

Have you recently started learning Russian and want to continue the journey? Or perhaps you learnt Russian some time ago and want to refresh your skills?

This interactive post-beginners conversation course starts on 6 June 2019 and focuses on developing your speaking and listening skills in everyday situations. It is designed to reinforce novice-level speaking proficiency and develop conversational skills to a post-beginner level, necessary for deepening communication in Russian and understanding Russian culture and customs. More information: https://ce.wgtn.ac.nz/courses/641-dada-russian-language-for-postbeginners

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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Course: Russian Language and Culture: Post-beginners

Starting 5 February 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 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, master classes and Russian movie nights incl a Karori cemetery tour where I shall tell you many fascinating stories connected with Russia, making a Slavic traditional magic doll that brings luck and safety to the loved ones and your house, learning how to cook the Russian meal and make toasts and having a great time with a Guest of Honour…

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