On Wednesday I finished a Russian Beginner group course at one of the language schools in Central London. I taught 20 hours of Russian in 10 weeks or, in fact 12, due to irksome tube strikes that took place throughout the summer. It was a nicely paced bittersweet leaning experience, where my students got to conquer completely alien to them sounds and spellings and fight the thorny nature of the Russian grammar.
This is how I dare to describe the course and its outcome. A great deal of passion, hard work and some fun (though we couldn’t compete with all the merrymaking coming out of the room next door where the Portuguese teacher was cracking jokes and making everyone laugh consistently, including my students!). Without a doubt they all have shown immense progress! What’s more is that they have all decided to stay on and the next level course kicks off in only two-weeks’ time.
So what was the finish line like? What have they learnt in 10 weeks? I would like to convey these questions in the post as they come out top amongst complete beginner learners who enquire about my services. They, very understandably, are keen to know right from the start all ins and outs of their ‘Russian journey’.
One important thing to point out is that 20 hours in the classroom with a number of fellow students won’t necessarily give you the exact same result as 20 hours of private tuition. On average, I believe it is fair to say that 15 hours should suffice to cover the same amount of material if you are a private tutee, unless you are very likely to take your time and take it easy 🙂
I have created these post-it notes that share my vision of what you can anticipate upon completion of roughly ten lessons of a comprehensive Russian course.
So, if you have completed at least 10 weeks of Russian and tick all the boxes – you are a dream student and your teacher must be bragging about your progress! If you are missing stuff – I advise you bring it up and crack on with it asap! If you have learnt far more than what is listed, then you are a learner beyond compare 😉 Congratulations!