About us

Welcome to Russian Language Centre Manchester

The Russian Language Centre commenced operations in 2009 in Manchester to satisfy a growing need for genuine Russian Language Lessons. By genuine we mean Russian lessons given by qualified teachers who are native Russian speakers. We made this commitment to quality at the start and it continues to underpin our business operations and services today.
Founder of RLC:
Olga Makarenko

Since our inception we have successfully taught Russian at all levels to hundreds of students in group classes and one-to-one lessons in Greater Manchester and across the world by Skype. Our students study with us for a variety of business and personal reasons, but all have a common goal, to be able to communicate successfully using the Russian language. We teach business people who have to travel to Russia to discuss supply and procurement contracts in the energy industry. We teach people who plan to go to Russia on holiday. We teach the children of Russian parents and we teach people who have married or hope to marry a Russian partner.

To meet this varied demand we offer group classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, in company training and one-to-one classes that can be designed to suit particular requirements.

Our language services are complemented by a range of business and cultural services and we have established one of the largest and most active Russian Social Clubs in the Northwest with over 390 members! We set-up the social club partly because it was a fun thing to do, and we have made many new friends through it, but mainly because we wanted to create an environment where our students could practise what they have learnt in class.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality, on the good work we are doing and on the progress our students are making learning the Russian language.

Our Teachers

Most of our teachers are native Russian language speakers. However, we do have non-native teachers some of whom have lived in former soviet states who are remarkably talented and have succeeded in learning Russian themselves. They're familiar with all the ins and outs of the language. They'll share the secret of how to speak and understand Russian with you.

You will find that our teachers are far from an accepted image of a language teacher of your former school days. They're quite the opposite – fun, supportive, easy-going but at the same time very professional, knowledgeable and firm.

Elena M

A state certified Russian language teacher with over ten years experience in teaching both adult and young learners; 4 years of experience in Russian Language Centre in Manchester; many years of experience of working in Russia. Elena is highly regarded by our learners, she is well-organised, firm in her manner of teaching and yet kind and a good fun. Her teaching methods are very effective; you are sure to progress fast under her guidance!

Elena S
Elena is a qualified and experienced language tutor of Russian. She has been previously teaching at Moscow State University where her academic career has begun in 1995. She holds a PhD in Russian as Foreign Language from the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow.
Her current area of focus is the Methodology of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language with interest in communicative, innovative language teaching and learning at university level. Elena has written (co-authored) a textbook for Intermediate Russian "Russian in a Contemporary World", Routledge, 2017.
Olga H

Originally from St. Petersburg, Olga has been living and teaching the Russian language in USA, Sweden, and Denmark for over 20 years. Her Masters Degree in Germanic Languages allows her to teach students of any age including pre-schoolers and adults.

Olga has become a valuable member of Russian Language Centre team in 2020. Since her joining the centre, Olga has shown keen interest in teaching in the UK. She gets on extremely well with the students, while being highly professional and knowledgable. Her lessons are well-structured, and yet fun and easy to follow. Olga herself is approachable and very helpful!

Irina J

A fully qualified Russian language teacher with over 12 years teaching experience in both the UK and Latvia. Irina has an excellent track record, all her students simply adore her for her patience, thorough subject knowledge, her energy and creativity. Russian is her native language. Irina trained to be a teacher at Liepaja Pedagogical University and LEXIS Linguistic Centre in Riga, Latvia. She’s worked at various state and private language schools in the UK and Latvia

We teach RUSSIAN, and not just ABOUT Russian

All of our lessons are conducted in Russian, not Russian and English, so that you are immersed in the language right from the start. You will be surprised how quickly you will get used to it and how effectively it works!

We are different from other Russian language schools because we make sure you start speaking Russian in the very first lesson. In lesson feedback reports 98% of our students found this method of learning remarkably effective!

"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."
"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. After the initial confusion I was surprised at how easy it was to follow the lesson and work out what I should be doing. By the end of the first lesson I was able to pronounce vocabulary correctly and I could read some words. I absolutely LOVED it!!!"


One-to-one lessons

Our one-to-one lessons are held in various parts of Greater Manchester; Oldham, Altrincham, Manchester city centre and Trafford just to name the few. We also use Manchester Central Library or online platforms for one-to-one lessons.

Group courses

Group courses are held in Manchester city centre at two locations:

  • Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester, M2 5NS

  • OR

  • Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

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.