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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


Seminar Programme 2020

The two-day intensive seminar offers a stimulating lecture programme in Russian, 10.00 - 16.30 daily. It is 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 Russia.

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

  • Russian linguistics
  • 'Stranovedenie' (country studies, including Russian literature, culture, education and history)

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.

View full Lecture Programme for both days (pdf, 147KB). You can book for one or two days.


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 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 Russian as a Foreign Language; 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.

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.

Fees and Payment

Please note: the seminar is cancelled.

'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

The full fee ('early bird' or standard rate as applicable) must be paid with your booking. See our refunds policy below.

We accept payment by cheque or bank transfer only. If an organisation is paying for you, we can provide an invoice (see booking form for further information).

How to Book

Download the Booking Form (pdf, 238KB). Print and complete the booking form and return to the SCRSS with:

  • Cheque made payable to the "SCRSS" or
  • Request for our bank details (to pay by bank transfer) or
  • Invoicing details (where an organisation is paying for you)

Full details on these payment methods are given on the booking form.

Refunds Policy

Fees are non-refundable except where:

  1. Participants cancel their booking before Friday 20 March 2020
  2. Participants cancel for medical reasons with a doctor's certificate
  3. The SCRSS cancels the seminar

The SCRSS will retain a £20 administration fee in all cases except (3).

Feedback from the Last Seminar (2018)

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

Our participant welcome pack is sponsored by European Schoolbooks Limited