Experiences and Workshops
These sessions can bring your classroom and another culture to life. Help your students to:
- Speak and ask questions
- Develop a more realistic understanding of modern life in other cultures
- Be motivated and prepared to study abroad in the future
- Be culturally engaged while at home
- Learn with more variety and energy
What Can Your Students Experience?
These experiential sessions take on a variety of formats and can be customized to align with your classroom goals. Some examples include:
City and Place Excursions – Walk the streets of Moscow or St. Petersburg with one of our professional guides. Students will get an authentic view of life on the ground. Excursions can be customized to fit a topic; for example, if studying Dostoyevsky – we can take take students to the Hay market, Bronze Horseman and other key sites related to the author. Excursions outside of cities are also possible.
Cooking Classes – Whether its blini, lagman, or vareniki, food is an essential and rewarding cultural experience. We’ll provide the vocabulary, ingredients, and instructions in advance and, at the agreed upon time, our local partners will guide your students through the steps to prepare the dish. Follow along at home and enjoy the meal together! This is one of the most enriching and delicious ways to reinforce language and allow for cultural interaction.
Handicrafts & Games – Students can follow easy instructions by a facilitator and participate live in local games or make simple crafts native to a region.
Topical Seminars and Guest Speakers – To provide context or simply complement your subject matter, we can deliver to your classroom short seminars (in English) on topics like Russian politics, the Russian diet, city infrastructure, Central Asia, the environment, and more.
A day in the life of . . . Students can join a local for basic routine activities to get a feel for everyday life. Take a shopping trip to the rinok or grocery store to reinforce food and number vocabulary. Have lunch at a cafe with some new long-distance friends and even interact with the waitstaff. Drop in to visit a babushka and enjoy some tea while she tells stories about her childhood and youth. Students can hang out in the dorms and discuss how they compare with their own student accommodations. They might have dinner with a home stay family to see a typical apartment.
SRAS is happy to discuss how these or other customized options. These can be done in English, Russian, or a mix of English and Russian. We will discuss your ideas and goals, assess our capabilities and together create a realistic plan. Be sure to give sufficient time for planning and organization! Preferably, contact us a minimum of 3 weeks ahead of time.
I think this project is fulfilling my main goal – to get my students to overcome their psychological barrier of speaking and get reassurance that they can indeed can sustain a rather long conversation with a native speaker. I could see that they are more comfortable speaking and expressing rather complex ideas despite the grammatical mistakes, which, however, do not hinder the communication of the message.
I really liked the experience of talking with another Russian student and learning about the culture. I learned how diverse cities can be. St Petersburg is like none I have ever seen before. I really would consider studying abroad there.
My students are LOVING the poboltaem sessions.
We’re really grateful for the work SRAS is doing and consider them to be a valued partner.