My brother and I attended a 3 weeks program at the EducaCentre school based in Saint Petersburg from July 9th to July 30th, undertaking 30 academic hours per week with teacher Maria. Our classes were composed of up to 5 students, and consisted in listening to our teacher’s explanations with regard to grammar, vocabulary and spelling. We would spend most of our time in class improving our skills and performing short dialogs, debates or descriptions in order to use and strengthen straight away the new vocabulary, verbs, linkwords, sentences we would learn during the lesson. All of this was perferctly orchestrated by our teacher who kept on being focused on each and every of the students, through some highly appreciated personal assistance. Not only would she correct us while building our sentences, putting special care and efforts into explaining what was wrong and how it could be improved, but she would also give us personalized homework to work on our persisting weaknesses. The entirety of our classes was held in russian language, with very little english used, and our teacher would always favour explanations in russian, sometimes repeating twice and using different vocabulary in order for us to fully understand her explanations. To sum up, all of the above allowed us to strengthen our knowledge of russian language and particularly improve our oral skills.
For the duration of our stay, EducaCentre provided us with a spacious and fully equipped appartment close to the center of Saint Petersburg, in Zagorodny Prospekt, 5 minutes walk away from metro station Zvenigorodskaya, which has a straight line to Komendantsky Prospekt (approx. 20 minutes away) where the school is located, and Nevsky Prospekt, Saint Petersburg’s worldwide famous boulevard, making it very easy for us to go to school and to move around the city for some amazing sightseeing.
We therefore highly recomend this useful and pleasant experience to anyone who would like to strengthen and improve his/her skill in russian language while having some great time in such a beautiful city.