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Seminars and Special Events

SCRSS Advanced Russian Language Seminar 2020

Venue: SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB
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Dates: Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020
Time: 10.00 - 16.30 daily
Availability: Booking opens in late November 2019

Seminar Programme 2020

Our two-day intensive seminar in 2020 offers a stimulating lecture programme in Russian, aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, as well as all those with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in contemporary Russia.

Our two lecturers from St Petersburg, Russia, each read four lectures per day, in parallel, on a selection of topics covering both:

  • Russian language and linguistics
  • Russian culture, society, etc ('stranovedenie')

Participants choose from one of two options per session. Each lecture session lasts 70 minutes, including time for discussion. Lectures are entirely in Russian and supported with handouts. We also encourage conversation in Russian during breaks.

Full details of the lecturer programme will be available here when booking opens in late November 2019.

Places are limited to 30 participants.


Tatiana Piotrovskaya, Senior Lecturer, Department of English Philology and Language Culture Studies, Faculty of Philology, St Petersburg State University.
Ms Piotrovskaya has taught at St Petersburg State University (formerly Leningrad State University) since 1973. Her current teaching programme covers all aspects of contemporary English and includes three special courses: Aspects of Translating Business Texts; Historical and Cultural Life of Russia (Aspects of Translation, Linguistic and Cultural Studies); and Society and Consumption (a Masters course on lexis in different areas of consumption). She has also previously taught Russian as a Foreign Language at the university. Ms Piotrovskaya's publications include Standard Versions of Written Exercises in Foreign Languages: Teaching Aid (2004). She was awarded a special Faculty of Philology bronze medal in 2002.

Dr Svetlana Bukreeva, Associate Professor, Department of Philological Education, Leningrad Regional Institute of Education Development
Dr Bukreeva trained as a teacher of Russian language and literature, before gaining her PhD on Romantic Traditions in American Literature 1850-80 in 2004. She joined the Leningrad Regional Institute of Education Development in 2011 and has taught Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) there since 2017. She is also a member of the Special Commission of the Federal Migration Service for St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region that assesses the Russian language competency of individuals applying for Russian citizenship. Her academic interests include teaching Russian literature; methodology of teaching RFL; theory and methodology of teaching world literature; cultural dialogue; comparative literature; the synthesis of arts; and contemporary fiction. She is the author of two monographs and over 35 research papers.

Booking, Fees and Payment

Booking opens in late November 2019 when the booking form and details of how to pay will be available here.

What's New!

  • Fees reduced - now lower than 2017 rates
  • One or two-day bookings now available


'Early Bird' Rate
Pay by Friday 7 February 2020

  • One day only: £60 SCRSS members, £65 non-members
  • Two days: £110 SCRSS members, £120 non-members

Standard Rate
Pay by Friday 20 March 2020

  • One day only: £70 SCRSS members, £80 non-members
  • Two days: £125 SCRSS members, £140 non-members

Feedback from the 2018 Seminar

Participants rated the course as 4.6 out of 5 (average of all responses across all criteria). Average ratings in specific areas: 4.9 Booking & Administration; 4.6 Lecturers; 4.8 Refreshments; 4.5 Facilities; and 4.4 Price.

A selection of comments from individual participants:

  • "An excellent weekend. An important part of the seminar is also the conversations and contacts made during the breaks. Thanks very much to the organisers."
  • "Really excellent course. All of it was really enjoyable, well taught, yet demanding."
  • "Many thanks for your efforts to organise this annual event. I am very grateful to the colleagues from St Petersburg for their contributions and thorough preparations."
  • "Great talks - they have opened up lots of new avenues to explore. Talks well prepared and well delivered."
  • "Very good friendly course. Thank you."
  • "Excellent welcome pack, friendliness of SCRSS staff. Very professionally run course. Excellent time-keeping by all."
  • "I learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and discussions."

The SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 2020 is organised by the Society for Co-operation in Russian & Soviet Studies in collaboration with the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation