Advanced Russian Language Seminar 2020
||SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road,
London SW9 6AB
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||Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April
||10.00 - 16.30 daily
Standard rate now applies.
Payment deadline: Friday 20 March 2020
One or two-day bookings available
Prices lower than 2018 and 2017 seminars
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
- 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.
Places are limited to 30 participants.
Dr Svetlana Bukreeva, Associate Professor, Department of
Philological Education, Leningrad Regional Institute of Education
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
'Early Bird' Rate - this rate
no longer applies
Pay by Friday 7 February 2020
- One day only: £60 SCRSS members, £65
- Two days: £110 SCRSS members, £120
Standard Rate - this rate now
Pay by Friday 20 March 2020
- One day only: £70 SCRSS members, £80
- Two days: £125 SCRSS members, £140
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
Fees are non-refundable except where:
- Participants cancel their booking before Friday 20
- Participants cancel for medical reasons with a doctor's
- 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
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
Our participant welcome pack is sponsored by European Schoolbooks