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Our newest centre is wonderfully located on one of the inner city boulevards of Riga, right between the main railway station and the National Opera. To reach the historic centre of Riga, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, you just need to cross the small canal on the other side of the boulevard. The whole inner city can easily be discovered walking. There are plenty of bars, coffee-shops and restaurants within easy reach of our Russian language school.
The Liden & Denz Language Centre Riga is located on the second floor of a historical building, featuring ten spacious classrooms, all with natural light and equipped with state of the art technology. There is a nice lounge area with vending machines and a computer lab. WiFi is free of charge for all students. Adjacent to the classrooms, on the same floor, there is a small but very popular student apartment (shared flat).
The inner courtyard provides another cosy place to hang out and is frequently used for barbecues.
1.Standard Group courses
This course of twenty lessons per week is offered year- round, with a new student intake every second week, and follows a modular pattern of two-week units. The curriculum is built up like a spiral, which means that each new level of language acquisition starts with the revision of previously studied grammar constructions logically connected with different speech patterns. This has two advantages: group newcomers feel themselves involved in the learning process, while continuing students acquire new vocabulary based on previously acquired grammar material.
Groups are formed according to an assessment test, which is compulsory for everyone. Standard group courses are available for A1-B2 levels year-round. A very important minimum requirement for all group courses is passive knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet. Group courses are held from Monday till Friday with a minimum course length of two weeks. There is no maximum course length.
2.Intensive Group courses
Participants of our intensive group course will have twenty morning lessons with students who have booked the standard group course. The remaining five lessons are taught on two afternoons, offered at a minimum of three different levels:
A1 – Beginner: survival Russian tutorials, outdoor classes (shopping, eating out, getting streetwise, ordering theatre and cinema tickets) and telephone training (booking a restaurant table, making flight enquiries, etc.).
A1+/A2 – Elementary: lectures on the Russian mentality and traditions. Other topics cover a wide range of general interest subjects ranging from Russian cuisine to history.
B1 – Intermediate, B2 – Upper Intermediate: the focus is on business and the economy. Other topics include politics, Russian mass media, cultural and historical subjects.
3.Russian for Special Purposes (RSP)
RSP courses are a combination of a standard group course (20 weekly lessons) with an additional 5 weekly individual lessons (one-to-one). The group lessons are taken together with other students taking our standard course. The individual lessons focus on the specific needs of students working in one of the following sectors:
• Hotel and tourism (hospitality)
• Airline staff (flight attendants)
• Alpine ski instructors
These professional courses are tailor-made, open only to staff working in above mentioned areas and are very attractively priced.
Our Language Plus is designed as mini-group modules on Business Russian, Music and Literature. These modules can be taken year-round on official Group Courses starting dates. They can be booked only in addition to any Group or One-to-One course and consist of 5 lessons held in the afternoons.
4.One-to-One courses.Teacher and student jointly determine the exact content of any one-to-one course. The student
is invited to specify his/her field of interests by completing the relevant parts of our online booking form, which allows us to pre-select material, establish a study-plan and prepare a specific vocabulary.
One-to-one courses are available in varying degrees of intensity: 15, 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week. For 30 lessons or more the student is taught by a team of two teachers.
Individual courses can be booked throughout the year. The minimum course length is one week with each course starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday. On request, lessons can also be held on weekends. Participants may also book additional 5-lesson-modules as a supplement to any One-to-One or Group Course.
5.Exam preparation. Why prepare the TRKi and Telc exam at Liden & Denz?
• Liden & Denz students consistently achieve high pass rates.
• Our teaching staff for the TRKI preparation modules is certified by the examination board to run these courses.
• Compared with state educational institutions, our groups are small. You also have the opportunity to book private lessons.
• Liden & Denz is the only telc examination centre for Russian in both Russia and Latvia.
Preparation modules can be booked in advance or at school. They can start any Monday and can be taken only in addition to a Group or One-to-one Course. The exact number of modules required for the exam preparation is jointly determined by the teacher and the student.
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Liden & Denz organises accommodation in host families, shared flats, hotels and apartments of all categories. While most students prefer the opportunity to experience Russian family life, our schools also offer competitive hotel rates to suit every budget, and various types of apartments mostly located in the city centre.
Homestay (host family)
What is a host family? Our host families are not always a traditional married couple with a child/children. Above all we look for someone who is sociable, likes to meet new people and can give a warm welcome to our students. Our host families will have time to talk to you; they are patient, understanding, caring and prepared to provide help with any problem that may arise during your Russian language stay.
We offer two packages for this type of accommodation: breakfast only and half board (breakfast and dinner). We only offer single rooms, but if you travel with your family or friend, we will do our best to provide you with a double room (strictly on request).
Our language centres have approved all the accommodation offered. Families and their homes are personally known to the staff member responsible at the school. Families are regularly inspected. The standard of the families is monitored by questionnaires (entry and exit) given to our students.
If you prefer independent living but at the same time wish to experience a true student atmosphere, you should choose
our shared flat option. Our flats have single bedrooms (usually 3-4), a shared bathroom and kitchen. Bed linen, cutlery and dishes are provided. The flats are all equipped with TV set, telephone, washing machine and vacuum cleaner. The shared- flat option is no more expensive than staying in a host family, but no board is provided.
The top end of the hotel market in St. Petersburg , Moscow and Riga can easily be compared with hotels in London or New York. While there is still some shortage of inexpensive mid-range hotels, within the past few years there has been some growth in the small pensions and three-star hotel market.
If you want to live on your own you can rent an apartment with the help of Liden & Denz, selecting an apartment before your arrival, using the information (description and pictures) sent by e-mail. Alternatively, you can stay with
a host family or in a hotel for the first week to give you plenty of time to choose the right apartment when you get here. Prices for apartments are similar to mid-range hotel rates.
Eaquals – Excellence in Language Education
Eaquals is an association for providers of language services, founded in 1991, with over 100 members in over 20 different countries. EAQUALS grants its quality label to institutions that meet its high inspection standards. Before becoming an accredited member of EAQUALS, schools and organizations must undergo a rigorous inspection based on the Code of Practice and Charters. All three Liden & Denz language centres are accredited members of EAQUALS.
IALC – International Association of Language Centres
The International Association of Language Centres is a worldwide network of leading independent language schools that teach the language of their country to students from abroad. Member schools are governed by the IALC quality assurance scheme, which demands high standards of professionalism in all aspects of service. Liden & Denz is the only Russian member of the association and had the honour to host the 2004 IALC AGM and Workshop in St.Petersburg. Liden & Denz St. Petersburg and Moscow are both members of IALC.
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