Grint centre for education and culture

Russian Language Courses in Moscow

Time to learn Russian language in Russia
Curriculum is based upon training for TORFL
Our curriculum is based upon training our students from the USA to exhibit proficiency in the Russian language as conceived by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and the State exam – Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL).

Learning Russian language is extremely important. If students wish to study in the Russian Federation at the university along with local students he or she must now (by law) pass the TORFL tests at the Certificate I level.
If a foreigner desires to work in a Russia and receive work permit or residence card then he or she must pass the test for the Basic Level.
Test of Russian as a Foreign Language
The Test consists of 5 sections. Each section tests a different type of language proficiency:

Section 1. Vocabulary and Grammar.
Section 2. Reading.
Section 3. Writing.
Section 4. Listening Comprehension.
Section 5. Speaking.

Currently the Russian testing system for speakers of Russian as a foreign language consists of 6 levels:

ТЭУ. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. Elementary level.
ТБУ. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. Basic level.
TPKИ-1. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. First level.
TPKИ-2. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. Second level.
TPKИ-3. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. Third level.
TPKИ-4. Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. Fourth level.

Study Russian in Russia:
Our Russian Courses are given at 6 levels: Beginner's (including absolute beginners), Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced. Our professors are certified to teach Russian at all levels.

Student's Placement
Russian language lessons begin after the student's level is determined through the placement testing. The placement test is made up of a writing sample and oral interview which allows us to check how the students are able to read, write in Russian and speak Russian. At the end of testing, each student will be reviewed by the staff and placed into the most appropriate course. If a student feels he or she has been placed incorrectly, the placement decision may be re-reviewed by the Grint.

Additional special tests are arranged for "heritage speakers" to define their level and develop the program focusing on their needs.

  • Class is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ( Wednesday is the day for lectures on Russian History and Culture)
  • Class consists of 3-4 50-minute periods per day ( 15-18 hours weekly)
  • Class runs from 10.00 to 13.30
  • Maximum of 6-7 students per group
  • additional One to One classes
Books and materials for American students are provided.

Evaluation and Exams
At the end of each session, students from the United States are evaluated on the basis of in-class participation, tests, attendance and final exam – official TRKI test.

GRINT is an official testing center for the administration of the Russian Federation TRKI tests (Russian language proficiency tests for foreigners) as well as accredited Russian language school in Moscow. Tests are administered by GRINT at the end of each semester at no extra cost to the student.

All GRINT instructors are certified trainers and administrators of the TRKI tests and they are able to provide the unique training to the students need to pass these tests and receive official recognition from the Russian Ministry of Education.

The students continue to achieve higher and higher placement on these tests. For example, during the last five years from 80-100% of our students have attained their particular proficiency goal. It is now not uncommon for our students to achieve not only Level I but also Level II and even Level III. These results confirm that the Centre has developed one of the best programs to learn Russian.

Our students
Program participants
Gallery of the the participants of our semester, academic year and summer programs 2004 - 2018 (to be continued on other pages)
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