Group Courses

The Russian Language Group Courses that we hold in Manchester City Centre have proved very popular. Many students start as beginners and progress through the levels. We aim to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in all of our classes as this is the most effective learning environment. All our Russian group courses are an academic year long – starting in September and finishing in May. The course is divided into three terms – Autumn Term, Winter Term and Spring Term. Each term is about 3 months long with a short holiday in between each term. To see the timetable of the courses, please, click here.

Lessons take place every Tuesday from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. There is a 15 minutes coffee break at 7:30 pm.

Our Venue

We run the group courses at Friends Meeting House in Manchester City Centre. The venue is situated in a lively cafe area close to Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall. It is less than five minutes’ walk from St. Peter's Square MetroLink tram stop. The nearest off road parking is at GMEX or the Great Northern Warehouse. View the Map

To aid effective learning, we restrict the size of the group – from 6 to 10 people. Our students come from all over the world – the UK, Italy, France, USA, Poland, and many more. Our language groups are therefore quite international which makes the whole learning process fun.

Procedure for the enrolment

Although all our group courses start in September, we practise a flexible enrolment system, which allows you to enrol on any of the courses midterm provided you are at the right level for the course. Some restrictions apply to beginners.

If you're not sure which course to choose, speak to us directly. We'll test your Russian language ability and make recommendations. Take your time to read Course Descriptions below.

Once you've decided to join one of our friendly Russian language courses, you need to enrol online by filling in a relevant application form and making a payment. You can retain control over your payment. For example, if you'd like to reserve the place but are not sure 100% whether you can start or not, you can pay the deposit of £45.00 to secure a seat in the class. The deposit is fully refundable until 6 weeks before the start of the course.

You can pay for one term, two terms or for a year. 10% discount is applied if you pay for the whole year at once.

Attendance and Cancellation Policy

By attending classes regularly, you are much more likely to absorb the material being taught and make progress. As a result you will enjoy classes so much more. For best results you should attend all the classes of the course. If for some reason you are unable to attend a class, we ask you to let your tutor know by telephone phone as soon as possible. We will make sure you don't miss anything by adding the learning materials and homework tasks on VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). The tutor will then email you your learning materials and homework.
  • If you miss a class, the money paid for the class is not refunded.
  • If you decide to cancel the course after we have held 2 lessons, you will be refunded the course fee less £50.
  •  If you decide to cancel the course after we have held more than 2 but not more than 6 lessons, you will be refunded the course fee less £150.
  • If you cancel after 6 lessons there is no refund available.

If you have further questions about any of our courses or activities, please, do not hesitate to contact us or request a call back. We will be happy to assist you.

Testimonials

  • Olga has been an amazing support over the past few years. She is a fantastic teacher – keen, engaging, open-minded and always happy to help. Olga and I worked intensively together in the months leading up to my exam. She went above and beyond to ensure that she understood my topic and could help me express my ideas properly in Russian. She read my entire dissertation, watched the primary sources and by the end knew just as much as me about my topic. We wrote a speech together, which I would give in the exam, and then we practiced the conversation that would ensue. Olga didn’t only focus on my language, but also helped me improve my pronunciation, stress and even my public speaking. Read more Cecely R, Cambridge University
  • Olga has been coaching my daughter helping her to prepare for Russian Language GCSE exam at Loreto Grammar school in Altrincham. I must admit that my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed Olga’s lessons, was motivated all the way through and passed all her exams with flying colours, achieving the highest mark (an A*). All the tasks and activities set out by Olga, has given Anastasia an opportunity to learn the language in an enjoyable and productive way. I believe that Olga's excellent command of the subject and her ability to address the needs of each of her students makes her an outstanding professional in the field of teaching. Being very organised and always striving for something extra, makes Olga a tutor who is always able to maintain high standards of language learning. Read more Natalya K, Loreto Grammar
  • My tutor was very friendly and approachable from the beginning of the first lesson. The lessons were carried out in a relaxed yet organized manner allowing me to feel comfortable throughout the lesson. She did not over correct me and instilled confidence when I answered a question correctly. I realize now that it is more important to have a go at speaking and not to think about making mistakes too much. Read more Richard, Altrincham
  • When I arrived at my first lesson I was surprised to learn that no English would be spoken, unlike other language classes I have attended where instructions for tasks were given in English. The first five minutes were confusing and required the most concentration as I got to grips with not only hearing Russian but also seeing how it was written. After the initial confusion I was surprised at how easy it was to follow the lesson and work out what I should be doing. The hardest part was trying to understand the Russian alphabet but that got easier as the lesson went on. By the end of the first lesson I was able to pronounce vocabulary correctly and I could read some words. I absolutely LOVED it!!! Read more Emma, Altrincham
  • I enjoyed being able to practice what we had learnt with other members of the class. I noticed that when we went for a break at the end of lesson all the class were still attempting to practice the Russian they had learnt with one another. I really enjoyed the lesson and was pleased to have learnt some basic vocabulary and phrases that would be understood by a native Russian speaker. Read more Alex, Manchester
  • I had previously learned Spanish to GCSE level, and a little German, and so, I was looking forward to the first session of Russian. To begin with I had some difficulty pronouncing certain sounds because the stress and intonation was different from English. After a while, I felt quite comfortable with this, thanks to the patience of my teacher. Read more Andy, Cheshire
  • The teacher introduced the written form of the language to me and this is the point where thought I’d encounter some difficulty. This is because in my previous foreign language learning, the alphabets were similar to the English alphabet. In the Russian alphabet there are many phonetic and visual differences. However, I was amazed how quickly it became clear and more interesting once an element of explanation was introduced. The sounds became more understandable, clear and functional. Read more Abaha, Manchester
  • Teacher’s performance in front of the class was impressive she began speaking to the group in Russian, no English, which was a surprise. She spoke well and her use of exaggerated body language and mime helped to convey meaning. Soon we were all able to understand the basics of the lesson and we all began to respond in Russian. Amazing, I would not have believed it was possible Read more Mark, Cheshire
  • At the beginning we were a bit nervous, because we didn’t know what to expect. The tutor though was able to calm our nerves and draw us into participating into the lesson; this was done, through good use of body language and building up a rapport with myself and that of my fellow students. As we got to know not only the tutor but also each other a little more, people became more eager to practice the vocabulary. One activity that really brought us as a group together was when we had a socialising activity. Everybody had to introduce themselves in Russian, shake hands and smile. This put people at ease and helped the group interact well with each other; it also helped with the other activities that we carried out in pairs and small groups. Read more Amy, Manchester

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